Redefining (my) space in the Global Context. June 9-11, 2011. Department of English, University of Yaounde I

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REDEFINING (MY) SPACE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE

THEME: REDEFINING (MY) SPACE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
DATE: June 9 - 11, 2011
VENUE: Department of English, FALSS, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon
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Globalisation has brought about not just an increasing rapprochement of previously exclusive societies and peoples but equally and more significantly an almost indefinable anxiety in these societies and peoples with regards to the nature of their place and identity in the so-called global village. In a global context, the nature of the identity of a nation and/or people invariably defines its space. Yet globalisation equally means the intermingling of different peoples and identities as well as the penetration of the local space by distance. There then arises a need to redefine or reassert local space in relation to the global space since there is a possibility/ probability of minority and or powerless nations/peoples being subsumed under the more powerful and thus shedding the essence of their “self”. Literature and language thus become a medium through which this local space can be asserted, that is the discursive reconstruction of space via literature or the expression of the local in (English) language use. How does migration influence cultural identity? Is the increasing intermingling of cultures in the global space leading to a global cultural identity? How do writers seek to redefine racial, ethnic, gender, linguistic and/or cultural space in the global context? In what ways does language define local space? Is the appropriation of language in literature and/or otherwise synonymous to the appropriation of personal space in the melting pot of globalisation? How can cultural “inbetweeness” be asserted as personal space?
The conference seeks papers that respond to these and related issues. These may be on but not limited to the following sub themes:

SUB THEMES
Linguistic/literary acculturation
Intelligibility in the global context
New Englishes and New Englishes literatures
Cultural legacy(ies)
Rhetorics
Pidgins/creoles
Gender margins
Ecopoetics
Diasporic identities
Migration and cultural inbetweenness
New identities and expressions in the outer circle
Racial/ethnic/linguistic space(s)

Abstracts of 200 to 250 words should be sent to abstract@signpostuniyao.com by the 9th May 2011.

First Drafts of completed papers should sent to abstract@signpostuniyao.com by the 25th May 2011.

NB: Papers of no more than fifteen (15) pages (A4) should be formatted following the latest requirements of APA and MLA for language and literature respectively.

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