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Forbidden Places Conference November 2, 2008

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Call For Abstracts: Deadline January 15, 2009

Forbidden Places

April 24-26, 2009

International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place


To forbid is a moral command limiting human freedom by prohibiting doing, having, using, or indulging in something somewhere, or in the entering of some place. Place signifies a spatial nexus of meanings involving both a sector within the earthly horizon—an identifiable place, and a spatial production, an event—taking place. Forbidden place can mean an agency of natural origin—an active volcano. Forbidden place can mean a social production that places limitations on when (time restraints), where (boundaries), who (social discrimination), and what (proscribing certain actions). Thus, the forbidden can involve any proscription within places or setting off limits some places altogether.


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IAESP seeks to foster interdisciplinary / transdisciplinary conversations and is holding its Fifth Annual Conference at Towson University in Towson, MD. Presentations should not exceed 25 minutes. Please consider audience diversity while preparing your presentation.

  • Places of Segregation
  • Apartheid
  • Gated Communities
  • Country Clubs
  • Religious Taboos
  • Religious Compounds
  • Tombs
  • Secret Ceremonial Places
  • Exalted or Holy Places
  • Spaces of Being Lost
  • Spaces of Entrapment
  • Spaces of No Return
  • Spaces of Disorientation
  • Spaces of Embarrassment
  • Dead Space
  • Hacking into Forbidden Cyberspace(s)
  • Invasion of Personal Space
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Outer Space
  • Hell
  • Undergrounds
  • Secret Hiding Places
  • Politically Banned Space
  • Prisons
  • Trespassing
  • Covert Operations
  • Anomie
  • Lawlessness
  • Sites of Atrocities
  • Slave Markets
  • Executions
  • Terrorist Targets
  • Gang Territories
  • Dangerous Neighborhoods
  • Places of Sin
  • Dens of Iniquity
  • Whorehouse
  • Spaces of Abuse
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Gambling Establishments
  • Dog and Cock Fighting
  • Forbidden Nature
  • Active Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tornadoes
  • Mountain Tops
  • Deep Ocean
  • Caverns
  • Infestations
  • Shark Waters
  • The Wilds
  • Contaminated Places
  • Polluted Places
  • Radioactive Contamination
  • Disease
  • Areas of Famine
  • Areas of Urban Blight
  • Forbidden Places of Imagination and Memories
  • Spatial Phobias, Fear and Aversions



Send abstracts of approximately  200 words by January 15, 2009  to:

Troy Paddock:

Persons interested in chairing sessions should also contact Troy Paddock


For further information contact:

John Murungi, IASESP:

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Towson University  Tel. 410-704-3935


Accepted papers may be submitted for possible publication. See our website: