Translating Cultures: Intercultural Mediation in Literature, Linguistics and the Arts

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Dr. Stephanie Schwerter, Dr. Ciara Hogan, Prof. Dr. Nadine Rentel / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris / Université Paris Descartes-Paris 5 / Université des Sciences Appliquées de Zwickau

The editors are currently seeking proposals for a collection of original essays investigating intercultural mediation in the humanities.

Intercultural mediation seeks to establish channels between diverse cultures while mindful of their individual traditions and national identities. It is founded upon intercultural competence and sensibility, essentially implicating understanding of the "other" and his or her networks of sociability. However, the work of intercultural mediation also frequently involves the breaking of barriers, the reconsideration of conventions and established traditions as well as the invention of alternative strategies for communication and interaction. This has become particularly relevant in accommodating ethnic, religious and linguistic difference as much in the contemporary global economy as in the postnationalist state.

The proposed volume will draw together international practitioners, theorists and philosophers to analyse key concepts in this developing field, with the aim of offering a more complete perspective on the theories and challenges of interculturality. Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach, this book invites reflections on cultural diversity, plurilingualism, globalisation and transculturality in the fields of linguistics, literature, translation and cultural studies, and proposes to explore the multiple political, psychological, artistic and socio-economic implications of intercultural mediation.

Possible topics / areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:
citizenship, nationalism, globalisation
conflict, terror, conflict resolution
cultural linguistics
intercultural and interethnic studies
education and the arts
gender studies
literary mediations, literary genre
mediating the symbolic (urban) space
migration studies
the media mediating
narration, renarration, and interpretation
translation theory & practice

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Stephanie Schwerter, Ciara Hogan, and/or Nadine Rentel, by 12 of December 2012. Final submissions will be due 1st of March 2012. All articles are refereed and should not exceed 6, 000 words in length. Enquiries welcome.