"East/West Cultural Passage Annual Conference: Contact Zones in the Global World", Sibiu, Romania, 6-7 May 2011

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Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania

The Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and the C. Peter Magrath Research Center for Cross-Cultural Studies invite you to the CONTACT ZONES IN THE GLOBAL WORLD international conference, to be held in Sibiu.

Keynote Speech: "Planetary Novels?: Cosmopolitanism and Globality in and out of a national literature," by Peter Childs, University of Gloucestershire.

In the changing social, political, economic, and cultural global landscape, such terms as the national, the international, cosmopolitanism, globalization, and otherness, to name only a few, need to be constantly reinvented, redefined, reinterpreted, and reorganized. In this context, Ulrich Beck's unpicking of globalization and cosmopolitanism clarifies the implications of "the pluralization of borders" and "globalization from within." The latter concept, a synonym for the "cosmopolitanization of nation-state societies" (Beck 2002: 18), stands for the "dissonance in drawing of borderlines," as "borders are no longer predeterminate, they can be chosen (and interpreted), but simultaneously also have to be redrawn and legitimated anew" (Beck 2002: 19). As a result, "when cultural, political, economic and legal borders are no longer congruent, contradictions open up between the various principles of exclusion" (Beck 2002: 19).

The spaces where identities are negotiated, fraught as they are with these social, economic, political, religious, and cultural conflicts/contradictions, are also culturally fertile contact zones.

We invite you to explore these contact zones from theoretical and/or text-based interdisciplinary perspectives in individual presentations, panels, and/or workshops.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

▪ global perceptions in literature, language, art, and popular culture
▪ interdisciplinary perspectives on history, politics, anthropology, and religion
▪ the global impact of media and technology on education and sociology
▪ changing perspectives on global migration and cultural identity

Presentations should be 20 minutes long, allowing for 10 minutes of discussion. Please send an abstract (no more than 200 words), a list of 5-7 keywords, and a short biographical note in word format. Proposals should include titles of papers/ panels, name and institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

A selection of the papers presented will be published in East/West Cultural Passage.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 March 2011

Conference venue:

Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu
Faculty of Letters and Arts
Department of British and American Studies
5-7 Victoriei Bvd.
Sibiu, 550024

Participation/Conference fee: 40 Euros (to be paid upon arrival).

(The participation/conference fee covers coffee-breaks, lunches and conference portfolios.)

We look forward to welcoming you in Sibiu!