CFP: [International] Transmediality and Transculturality

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Nadja Gernalzick
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>From December 6 to 9, 2007, an international and interdisciplinary
conference on

″Transmediality and Transculturality″

at Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, brings together scholars
who work in transmediality studies and/or transculturality studies, and
aims to coordinate and extend research which investigates and applies the
terms and theories of transmediality and transculturality. Regarding
transculturality studies, the international discussion does not yet seem
to have successfully bridged the gap between, among others, the
disciplines of social philosophy, American studies, and Romance or Latin-
American studies, which have a history of applying the terms
transculturality and transculturation dating to the 1940s. The term
transmediality, on the other hand, as it is currently developed in media
studies, narratology, art history, and aesthetics competes with the terms
remediation and adaptation. A more systematic understanding of the types
and typologies of change and process which are connoted by transmediality
and transculturality may prove enriching for the critical usefulness of
both terms as well as for the various disciplinary approaches involved.

We invite papers addressing connected theoretical issues as well as
critically applying the terms to literature, media, visual art, and film,
or to other cultural artefacts and phenomena. Suggested areas for paper
topics are

- differing concepts of transmediality and transmedialization, or
transculturality and transculturation, and their sources
- transmediality, transculturality, and temporality
- transculturality, globality or globalization, and planetarity
- transcultural and transmedial narrative(s)
- intermediality/interculturality and transmediality/transculturality
- transmedial and transcultural genres?
- historical transculturality or transmediality?
- transmediality and transculturality as systematics of change
- transmediality and transculturality in relation to other ’transes,’ e.g.
translinguality, transnationality, transdisciplinarity,
transpersonalization, transversality/transversal reason, translation,
- transmediality and transculturality as diversity archives and diversity
guarantees in studies and philosophies of life forms and life knowledge or
in bioethics?

Presentations in parallel workshops should present a critical thesis and
are scheduled for 15 minutes, with the same time for discussion. The
conference language is English. Funding through Forschungsfonds 2007 of
Mainz University includes the publication of a volume with conference
contributions and results. Please also see http://www.uni-, after August 25.

Please send abstracts of 300 to 500 words and a short CV to the e-mail
addresses below by September 28, 2007.


Dr. habil. Nadja Gernalzick Katarina Šakić, stud.phil.

FB 05, American Studies
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
D-55099 Mainz

phone: +49-6131-392 2711

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