13th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place

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Call for Papers
February 8, 2017
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Geography, Humanities

13th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place

National University April 28-30, 2017

Conference Theme: “Nightmare Spaces/Uncanny Places”

People encounter the uncanny every day - the familiar object or person or place that becomes unfamiliar or strange or that is seen or experienced differently. Because the uncanny is familiar yet strange or inexplicable, it calls into question the “taken-for-granted” status of everyday objects and places. It creates a dual vision or cognitive dissonance within the experiencing subject due to the paradoxical nature of being attracted to or comfortable with an object or place yet simultaneously repulsed or unnerved by it. A nightmare space is an uncanny space that feels more threatening and terrifying than bizarre and uncomfortable. Like the doubling associated with the uncanny, nightmare spaces can be encountered or created and involve repetition and (perhaps temporary) anxiety. This is a call for papers from any discipline that explores any aspect of nightmarish or uncanny places/spaces. If there is sufficient interest, IASESP will also include up to two panels of video conference presentations. Revised papers can also be submitted for consideration in the IASESP journal, Environment, Space, Place.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Amusement Parks




Closed/Tight Spaces

Concentration/Death Camps

Cruise Ships


Dark Forests

Environmental Calamities

Gentrification/Urban Renewal

Ghost (or Deindustrialized) Towns


Gridlocked Highways


Open/Wild Spaces


Refugee Camps

Scenes in Movies/TV Shows

Scenes in Novels, Short Stories, and Plays

Shopping Malls



Elm Street


Send proposals to Troy Paddock paddockt1@southernct.edu

Proposals are due February 8, 2017

Contact Info: 

Troy R E Paddock, Ph.D.

Professor of Modern European History

& Chair, Department of History

Southern Connecticut State University

(203) 392-5639

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