Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference (April 16-17, 2010)

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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of New Mexico

Beginning with the Enlightenment the nation-state has been the dominant organizing principle of global societies. Since then cultural production has been central to the imagining of the national community. With the dawn of the postmodern age, however, the nation-state seems to have lost its dominant position. A host of economic, social, and cultural processes have offered both new points of departure for imagining collective identities, and new points of contention in negotiating those identities. Processes of globalization, such as the emergence of transnational corporations and supranational organizations, and the intermingling of peoples and cultures all seem to undermine the normative power of the national community. In fact, the globalization of cultural production offers a new lens for interrogating the seemingly 'national' character of cultural texts.

We are seeking contributions that investigate the implications of globalization for cultural production and the renegotiation of power and identity that is played out in cultural texts, e.g. literature, film, music, television, as well as policies, and international communiqués.

Please send a 500 word abstract along with a brief biographical statement to by March 15, 2010. Selected participants will be notified by March 26, 2010. You can also visit our webpage (coming soon) for additional information about the conference: (check for frequent updates).