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.)
Organizers welcome contributions that bring together more than one discipline and that address both general and specific issues associated with the idea of cold. For example:
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.
This conference is organized by Daniel Arsenault (Université du Québec à Montréal), Jan Borm (Université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Daniel Chartier (Université du Québec à Montréal), Odile Parsis-Barubé (Université de Lille 3—Charles-de-Gaulle) and Alain Sarkissian (Université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines).