(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Midnight sun in the ArcticThe International Laboratory for the Multidisciplinary Comparative Study of Representations of the North, of the Université du Québec à Montréal, announces a call for papers for its 8th international conference, «Cold: Adaptation, Representations, Production, Effects», co-organized with the "Cultures, environments, Arctic, representations, climate" research centre of the Observatoire de Versailles Saint-Quentin (France), as part of a France-Québec cooperation project.

The objective of this multidisciplinary conference is to think about the idea of "cold" in all of its multiple disciplinary variations—geographical, cultural, medical, biological, climatological, engineered, physical, linguistic and sociological.

Defined by Étienne Lalou as "both a relative and subjective sensation," cold is invisible.

Its manifestations can only be appreciated in the effect it has on bodies and objects as well as through human adaptation (architecture, transportation, clothing, social and cultural practices), representation (literary, filmic, pictorial) and its technical or technological production (refrigeration and cooling, air conditioning, freezing, etc.)

Proposals can be sent by e-mail at until August 31, 2013 at the latest.

The conference will take place at Université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), on December 12, 13 and 14, 2013.

The event is co-organized by the "Cultures, environments, Arctic, representations, climate" research centre of the Observatoire de Versailles Saint-Quentin and the Laboratory for the Comparative Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North at the Université du Québec à Montréal, as part of a France-Québec cooperation project. Selected papers will be published.

Please, click here for more information about the conference and detailed quidlines on how to send your proposal.

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