TRAVELLING CON/TEXTS: COSMOPOLITANISMS OLD & NEW, EAST & WEST, November 20-22, 2014, Seoul, South Korea

full name / name of organization: 
English Language and Literature Association of Korea
contact email: 
2014ellakconference@gmail.com

Call for Proposals

TRAVELLING CON/TEXTS: COSMOPOLITANISMS
OLD & NEW, EAST & WEST
English Language and Literature Association of Korea
November 20-22, 2014, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

The English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) invites proposals for the 2014 international conference marking the 60th anniversary of its founding.

Cosmopolitanism has been at the center of much recent critical debate. Viewed at once with suspicion as premising the resurrection of a Eurocentric universalism, and yet also as harboring the possibility of a new ethics of inclusiveness, the re-configuration of a world order that precedes and supersedes modern notions of the nation-state and rootedness in culture and language has opened numerous new avenues of research. Diffusion of identity, language, and culture has become the universal norm.

By opening up the discussion of cosmopolitanism, we seek to re-imagine what it might mean to be more worldly citizens of the cosmos. Embracing the enlightenment ideals of universal equality and justice, but also carefully expanding that promise through negation and re-vision, we seek to provide an open forum for scholars from all over the world.

Proposals are invited for contributions that deal with any aspect of the topic of cosmopolitanism, including but not limited to the following:

Circulation networks; citizenship; cohabitation; colonization; contact zones; communion; contamination; cultural mobility; cross-cultural exchange; diaspora; diffusion; diplomacy; displacement; East and West/North and South; emigration; exile; gift-exchange; hybridization; integral spirituality; local/universal; metissage; piracy; obligation; Old World(s)/New World(s); refugee; religion and conversion; self-preservation/self-transcendence; strangers; statelessness; trade; transculturation; translation; transnationalism.

Please submit an abbreviated CV and 300-word proposal for a 20-minute paper by May 31, 2014 to: 2014ellakconference@gmail.com.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
international_conferences
modernist studies
popular_culture
postcolonial
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian