International Seminar of CORPUS International Group for the Cultural Studies of the Body

Країна: Румунія

Місто: Timisoara

Тези до: 05.09.2014

Дати: 28.09.14 — 29.09.14

Область наук: Біологічні; Філософські;

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Організатори: CORPUS International Group for the Cultural Studies


Stating that water is a most essential requisite for life is like stating that the sun rises in the East. Neither statement can possibly leave an audience insisting on proof. When exploring the question "does life exist or has once existed" anywhere, always hinges on finding out if water exists or has existed. When the famous historian Herodotus said "Egypt is the gift of the Nile", he could not have been more biologically accurate. The biological functions which depend on water cover the entire span of biological function for any known organism. Only to list a few, because of its high specific heat capacity it keeps the body temperature almost constant, it transport nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body, it is the medium and solvent for all chemical reactions collectively constituting metabolism, it is also a medium through which waste can be excreted in urine, it offers some lubricating capacity, etc. Water is also known to cause deadly damage to life if and when it comes in the forms of deluge, tsunamis, or hurricanes. Also on a biological level, over hydration can be just as deadly as under hydration. The seminar pursues several themes:

Water and its symbolism / Water & purity / Water & savoir-vivre / Water, fluids & Construction of the gender /Water & material culture / Potability of water / Anthropology of thirst

We invite the researchers interested in the subject to submit their intention of participating (title of the paper, accompanied by submitting a 300 word abstract and the professional affiliation of the author/authors written in French or English- the languages of the seminar). Please use the address provided below to send your proposal to Frédéric Duhart, Gabriela Mariana Luca & Jérôme Thomas.

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