CFP: [International] Research Webs: Working Together at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Bucharest, May 22-24, 2008

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Fifth Biennial Conference
University of Bucharest, Romania
May 22-24, 2008
Call for Papers
“Research Webs: Working Together at the Dawn of the 21st Century”
Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Christian Moraru
Professor of American Literature and Critical Theory
Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
Brief, 10-min. “position papers” are invited for a roundtable discussion
the new challenges and opportunities for scholarly collaboration,
and partnership in the post-Cold War era with particular focus on the
decade. The session will open with a 10-min. joint statement by the
moderator and Professor Phyllis Hunter, Univ. of North Carolina,
Greensboro, followed
by five or six individual interventions, and discussion of issues both
theoretical and practical in nature. Underpinning these problems are the
questions, What sort of transformations has the older rhetoric of
“collaboration” gone through after the “Wall”? In what sense are the
“network society”’s emerging geopolitical, demographical, and
cross-cultural configurations calling on us to rethink the meaning of
“cooperation” across increasingly porous, physical and disciplinary
boundaries? While some sociologists talk about the “disappearance of
others point to a conceptual shift that has not done away with work but
rendering it an essentially networked endeavour instead. In other words,
pursue our projects less and less in isolation, explicitly or implicitly.
Like everything else, research takes place in a decreasingly “cloistered”
world. At the same time, whatever topics and concerns we are wrestling
these days, sooner or later we discover that they either are of
global/cross-cultural relevance or are more effectively addressed in a
global/cross-cultural context where, we should safely assume, others
elsewhere are also tackling them.
If this is the caseâ€"if all work is becoming networked or, at the very
least, we are better off if we place our projects in broader, comparative
contextsâ€"then, we will also ask, what are the challenges and
we are facing? Is everything turning into “team work”? How are we to
these teams, associations, and sodalities, and what is their impact on
traditional affiliations and “rooted” projects? What happens to
“authorship”? What about “originality”? Along these lines, participants
asked to reflect on the time-honored premises and potentially
outcomes of our growingly and, some say, necessarily collaborative
inquiries. Again, such inquiries no longer take place this or that side
geopolitical and ideological divides but inevitably alongside other
pursuits elsewhere, at odds or in tune with other methodologies. We will
thus ask, what new opportunities and conflicts might arise
epistemologically, culturally, politically, or otherwise in the age of
networked research? To answer these questions, papers should draw from
specific examples. The session will end with a brief presentation by
Professor Hunter on recent collaborative concepts and projects developed
by Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro’s Center for Critical Inquiry in
the Liberal Arts.

All proposals must include: a brief, 300-word max.
abstract, with a title; a short, 200-word max. bio; your name,
institutional affiliation, e-mail, phone number, and mailing address.

Submit all materials to: Professor Christian Moraru (

Roxana Oltean, Ilinca Anghelescu, Mihaela Precup
( and by the 15th of February 2008.

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