CFP: [International] 2009 Joint Conference: Worlds in Dialogue

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Alwyn Roux
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Hosts: The School of Languages
and the Research Unit: Languages and literature in the South African
Dates: 8-11 July 2009
Venue: North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), Potchefstroom, South
Final deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2009

Dialogue between the imagined worlds of languages, texts, authors and
cultures is an important force in language and literature. The aim of
this conference is to provide a forum for stimulating and enhancing such
dialogue in the field of literary and linguistic discourse. Dialogue here
means to enter into conversation with, to create community and new
meaning, but also to contest (to discuss critically) or to dialogise (to
expose to different points of view, to relativise).

The field can broadly be organized as conversations (or breaks in the
conversations) between five "scapes" that characterize the postmodern,
global "landscape", according to Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and
Difference in the Global Cultural Economy” (Modernity at Large – Cultural
Dimensions of Globalization.) These “scapes” are ideoscapes,
technoscapes, ethnoscapes, mediascapes, financescapes and (can one add)

Themes within these “scapes” include:

• Dialogues between writers, texts, groups, generations, national
• Dialogues between movements, like the Romantics and the
Modernists, British or American Modernism and modernisms in Africa and
elsewhere, local rewritings of realism (magical or otherwise), symbolism.
• Dialogues between literature, philosophy, anthropology, “theory”,
sociology, politics and aesthetics.
• Dialogues between value systems and religions: Christianity,
Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, African religions.
• Dialogues between cultures, social strata, identities: middle
class, workers’ culture, social identity, media culture, subcultures.
• Dialogues between places and the representations of places and
• Dialogues between world regions and civilizations: East–West,
Africa–Europe, but also south–south, e.g. between South America, Africa,
India and China.
• Dialogues between a variety of centres and the peripheries.
• Dialogues on ways, means, practices, methods, techniques.
• Dialogues on and between genres.
• Dialogues on ideas, views, demarcations within the disciplines,
be that within English, Afrikaans, African languages or other language or
literary disciplines.
• Dialogues on where we are and where we ought to go.
• Dialogues on and between “stayers” and migrants, exiles and
• Dialogues on and between victims of xenophobia, refugees, asylum
seekers, marginal figures.
• Dialogues on and between different languages and on translation
and transposition.
• Dialogues between the canonical and the popular.
• Dialogues on and between different audiences: toddlers, children,
adolescents, adults, senior citizens.
• Dialogues on and between literature and newspapers, radio,
television, film, the Internet.
• Dialogues on the changing “cultural landscape”.
• Dialogues between literature and other art forms: music, dance,
• Dialogues on the flow of money, patronage, the economic base and
conditions for language and literary study: funding, publishing,

To bring out the foci of the participating organisations the conference
will be organised in five sections, viz.
• English (with emphasis on modernisms and modernity; the state of
the discipline)
• Literary theory
• Postcolonialism
• Children’s and youth literature
• Language teaching.


Profs. Hein Viljoen, Betsie van der Westhuizen, Franci Greyling, Ms Dolly
Dlavane, chairs of other societies (programme committee), Ms Stefanie
Dose (conference secretary), Dr Phil van Schalkwyk (catering and
entertainment), Mrs Elsa van Tonder (finance and logistics), Ms Karien
Hattingh (customer relations), Mr Alwyn Roux (marketing and advertising).


Ms Stefanie Dose
Mrs Elsa van Tonder
Mr Alwyn Roux
Tel. +27-18-299-1485
Fax +27-18-299-1562

AUETSA: Prof. Michael Green:
SAACLALS: Prof. Gerald Gaylard:
SAVAL: Prof. Hein Viljoen:
Children’s literature: Prof. Betsie van der Westhuizen:
SAALT: Prof. Brenda Spencer:

Please send proposals (with abstracts of max. 300 words) for papers, 3-
person panels or posters either via Organizational Representatives or
directly to The languages of the conference will be
Setswana, Afrikaans and English. Simultaneous interpreting into English
will be provided.

Final deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2009

Details will follow in the second call for papers on 27 February 2009.

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