Dwelling in the festive city 
Tobias Boos (Free University Bolzano-Bozen)
Fabio Mugnaini (Università di Siena)
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VG 4.104
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

Feasts in cities involve specific ways of dwelling in the city that are based on specific relations between human and non-humans (including technology). This panel examines ways of dwelling in the festive city, focusing on concepts of "dwelling", "place", "space" and "belonging".

Long Abstract:

We encounter the world by dwelling in it, by unfolding space and time. Dwelling means becoming entangled in a meshwork of relations between human and non-humans (including technology), and the past and the present. While the mechanisms of identity building, heritage and economic regulations have been extensively studied with regard to feasts, this panel will examine the multiple ways of dwelling in the festive city that stand between the public and the private, the local and the global, and the various cultural contexts that link the concepts of "dwelling", "place", "space" and "belonging".

City feasts are famous for their power to create a common identity among the population of cities and in some cases of regions and nations. Many feasts are organized by their city's governing body in cooperation with different local groups, and they seem to share certain traits: there is a high degree of civic participation, and during the feast the participating groups occupy certain places in the town at specific times, temporarily converting public places into (semi-)private areas. These feasts are frequently of interest to the national and international media (online and TV), attract international tourists, and have links to the countryside. Consequently, during feasts particular styles of dwelling in the city emerge.

We are inviting scholars from various academic fields to discuss theoretical frameworks and empirical findings on issues related to dwelling in the festive city.

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