University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art,

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

May 14-16, 2015 | Edinburgh, Scotland

Call for Papers

In a world where we face others that we do not understand, the question of alterity becomes
essential to our critical thinking. Alterity is a philosophical term meaning “otherness” describing
the ability to distinguish between self / not-self, while opening up the recognition of the
existence of an alternative viewpoint. This 2-day international symposium will focus on
interdisciplinary contributions that discuss alterity from diverse perspectives including spatial,
architectural, political, cultural and philosophical. The overall objective is to create an
educational forum providing an active dialogue between both postgraduate and early career
researchers with seasoned scholars, while establishing collaborative links between regional and
international universities.

We invite paper abstract submissions under the following 4-thematic session topics, plus an
additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same
paper abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics. Please submit to one-of-five paper

I. Space of Communicativity
II. Global Architect of Alterity
III. Unveiling the Political: Process, Identity and Alterity
IV. Conceptualizing Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives
V. Open Category

Our intention is that these themes will be organized as separate tracks within the main
symposium. We are delighted to also include keynote lectures from Simon Critchely, PhD, Hans
Jonas Professor of Philosophy (New School of Social Research) and Michael Jenson, PhD,
Associate Dean and Assistant Chancellor for Research (University of Colorado); and also invited
presentations from Xavier Guillaume, PhD, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
(University of Edinburgh); and Dorian Wiszniewski, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and
Critical Theory (University of Edinburgh).

Please submit both a 400-word abstract (in PDF format) and short-bio or resume in English by e-
mail to: by 15th February 2015. Notifications of acceptance
with peer-review comments will be returned after March 15th 2015.

The exact programme will be announced after acceptance of abstracts by 15th of February 2015
on website:

For any inquires, please contact: or Liz Martin-Malikian @