TABOO II Conference in Durham this September

Racial slurs, sex work, erotic talk in Papua New Guinea, incest, pornography and bodily fluids, male rape, and disability; these are just some of the taboo-breaking topics to be the tackled by international scholars and early researchers alike in the forthcoming TABOO II Conference.

Building on the success of the first Taboo Conference (2012) held at the University of Bologna’s Alma mater studiorum in Forlì Italy, this year sees the second edition (TaCoII) hosted by Durham on the 8-9 September 2014 at Grey College. Durham’s Centre for Intercultural Mediation (CIM), and the Department of Interpreting and Translation, University of Bologna are jointly organizing this interdisciplinary conference that seeks to explore questions related to taboos from both an intra- and inter-cultural perspective showcasing research into linguistic, cultural and societal taboos and their reinforcement/debasement.

The full programme is available here.

The convenors of the event are two of MLAC’s doctoral students, Callum Walker and myself, Denise Filmer. We have really pushed to make this a truly interdisciplinary event inviting three highly esteemed international academics from the fields of linguistics, social sciences and anthropology (see here for details).The two day event includes a diversity of papers presented by over 50 speakers that reflect these three strands, simultaneously highlighting the ways in which issues of taboo are interrelated across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The conference is a unique opportunity to encounter truly cutting edge academia across the humanities – even if the themes are outside the scope of your own research this is going to be a creative, stimulating and thought-provoking event. Not to be missed!

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