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Call for Publications

Theme: T(r)opophilia
Subtitle: Haunting/Haunted Places
Publication: Messages, Sages and Ages. Bukovinian Journal of Cultural
Date: Vol 5, No 1 (August 2018)
Deadline: 1.6.2018

The academic journal Messages, Sages and Ages, based at the English
Department, University of Suceava, Romania, invites contributions for
an issue focusing on t(r)opophilia: sense/love of place.

If the nineteenth century and the former part of the twentieth
developed a fascination with time and history exclusively, the past
fifty years have paid greater attention to the category of space.
After the quantitative turn of the 1960s and the linguistic and
cultural turn of the 1980s, a “landscape” or “spatial” turn quite
naturally followed, infiltrating most of the social sciences and the
humanities (from anthropology to sociology, from history to
philosophy, from psychology to psychoanalysis, from literature to
literary criticism etc.).

Even though the phrase as such was only introduced in the
mid-nineties by the human geographer Edward Soja (whose trialectics
of spatiality argues for real and imagined spaces to be brought
together), many a philosopher and humanities scholar had actually
paved the way for this “spatial turn”: Martin Heidegger, Ernst
Cassirer, Mircea Eliade, Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre among others
proposed theories of spatial experience and attempted to coin a
universal language to account for the man-place relationship. Terms
like commons, raum, palimpsest, pseudoenvironment, abstract place,
symbolic place, panopticism, heterotopia, lived / felt space have
become part and parcel of a new (yet ironically based on commonplace)

English-American poet W. H. Auden is ostensibly the first to notably
use the word topophilia in his introduction to John Betjeman’s book
Slick but not Streamlined (1947) which he hoped “will inspire
American topophils to take poetry seriously and American poets to
take topophilia seriously.” The places Betjeman described are the
interwar suburbs of England. Eleven years later, Gaston Bachelard,
the French phenomenologist, revisits topophilia in his Poetics of
Space (1958), where he investigates the “felicitous space” in order
to “determine the human value of the sorts of space that may be
grasped, that may be defended against adverse forces, the space that
we love” (p. xxxi). Spatial types such as the attic, the cellar,
drawers and the like are considered with a view to highlighting the
emotional response to buildings (in literary works as well as in
everyday life).

Love of place is also popularized by Yi-fu Tuan’s 1974 Topophilia: A
Study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes and Values. For Tuan,
who refers neither to Auden nor Bachelard, topophilia is “the
affective bond between people and place or setting” (p. 4). An
equally compelling account of the complexity of sense of place can be
found in Christian Norberg-Schulz’s Genius Loci. Towards a
Phenomenology of Architecture (1980), which draws on the age-old
belief in the guardian spirit of a place. The character (i.e. local
distinctiveness or energy fields) of a given place, as well as man’s
compatibility with it, are among Norberg-Schulz’s main concerns.

Punning on topos and tropos (Greek term for “turn”, “change”), Jon
Aderson and Kathryn Erskine ingeniously come up with a new term in
their 2012 article Tropophilia: A Study of People, Place and
Lifestyle Travel, in which they complete the “rooted, static and
stable set of relations with place” expressed by topophilia with the
love of mobility, change and transformation in the person-place
relation suggested by tropos.

In an attempt to rethink the relation between place and
literary/artistic creation, we invite papers on subtopics such as:

- the ways texts convey space
- the power of description, hypotyposis and ekphrasis
- special abodes
- shared spaces
- haunted p(a)laces
- fictional / utopian places
- virtual environment
- literature as a means of organising space
- genius loci
- geographical (in)compatibility
- urbanism / tourism
- spaces of / in translation
- the semantics of space

We welcome papers in English and invite proposals (no more than 9,000
words) from senior as well as junior academics. Please send the
manuscript, an abstract (ca. 200 words) with 5 keywords, and a brief
curriculum vitae as attachments to BOTH and

Deadline: June 1, 2018.


Messages, Sages and Ages. Bukovinian Journal of Cultural Studies
University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava
Building A, Room 040
13 University Street
RO-720229 Suceava