In the wake of a renewed interest in the theoretical framework developed by Arnold Van Gennep and Victor Turner, the conference will focus on liminality as an aspect of falling. Further to Gennep’s theory on liminality as an intermediate, ambivalent social zone, Turner regarded liminality as being characteristic of inter-structural, “betwixt and between” situations, of ambiguity and transition.
The conference intends to look at the ambivalent potential of the liminal condition. It will engage scholars from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and explore the manifold ways in which liminality — the gap between the worlds —articulates, shapes, defines or serves the development of individuals, societies and cultures. A selection of the papers presented will be published in the proceedings.
The conference will take place at Trinity College, Dublin, and it is co-organized by Dr Sandra Cardarelli (University of Aberdeen), Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (Trinity College Dublin), and Professor Michael MacKay (Brigham-Young University).
Registration to attend the conference is open until June 1: