Call for Papers-Call for Applications - Part 87

posted by usha on 2007/07/15 10:17

[ Call for Papers-Call for Applications ]

The Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies organises the conference IN/DIFFERENCE: Current and Historical Perspectives on Cultures in Contact in Limerick on November 9/10, 2007.

Living with and in diversity is perceived as both the challenge and the condition of the contemporary world. In the academic literature (e.g. on postmodernism, postcolonialism and globalization), notions of hybridity, multiple identities etc. are taken for granted as part of our current condition. Migration and technological developments bring difference into societies that once thought of themselves as homogeneous.

This is the case with respect to many categories of difference - cultural, ethnic, linguistic, racial, gendered, religious, ideological, political, vocational etc. But, what have been the cultural and linguistic consequences of this contact?

Linguistic and cultural products and practices articulate a full spectrum of engagement with difference, ranging from celebration to condemnation. However, they can also hint at indifference as a significant response to the rise of difference beyond this spectrum of active engagement.

This conference seeks to interrogate all dimensions of this reality - the condition of the subject in difference, and the nature of indifference as a response to this condition by bringing together past and present perspectives on cultures in contact.

Papers are invited from all areas of scholarship in modern languages on topics related to these issues. Possible areas for discussion could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Universalism and particularism
  • Multiculturalism versus interculturalism
  • Coolness and distinction
  • 'Minority'cultural production and 'majority' cultural production
  • Monolingualism and linguistic diversity
  • Cultural imperialism and homogenization Language learning and cultural difference
  • Indifference and the Information Age Identity, community and polity
  • Translation and translatability

Abstracts (of 300 words maximum) should be sent to Dr Marieke Krajenbrink and Barbara Geraghty to arrive no later than Tuesday 31st July 2007. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and allow for 10 minutes questions and discussion.

Dr Marieke Krajenbrink
Dept of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick
Limerick Ireland
Tel: +353 61 202453
Fax: + 35361 202556

Barbara Geraghty
Dept of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Tel.:+353 61 202992



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