CFP: Globalizing the Self (9/15/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

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Barbara Ciccarelli
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Philadelphia,PA March 2-5, 2006.
Panel: Beyond Translation: Globalizing the Self/Other

The global spread of American capitalism and the
pressures of conformity in the European Union both
raise the question of how appearances of sameness may
or not actually complicate rather than simplify
conflicts between self and other. In other words,
appearances of sameness might cause differences to be
overlooked rather than acknowledged, adding more
global strife than peace. This panel aims to explore
how the construction of subjectivities, identities and
selfhoods in relation to and/or through the other can
be compared to the work of the translator and the
translation event/text. How might regarding the self and/or the most alien or familiar of others as a foreign text requiring translation help to suggest the complicated process of identity construction and the need for constant negotiation and reconciliation whether on the individual, national or global level?

Possible topics for consideration include:
• how translation of the self to the other involves
auto/biographical acts
• problematic translation of the self/other that may
involve (mis)reading, (mis)writing, etc.
• different ways in which the diverse aspects of
identity-- the historical, cultural, religious,
sexual, national etc. --can be translated to the
• how uneven development affects the ability to translate the self and/or interpret others
• how other conflict theories (melting pot, cultural
and/or structural assimilation, accommodation, contact
zone, mestiza, etc.) can be compared to the work of
the translator or translation event/text
• how the ethical obligation to the self/the other
frustrates or advances any inclination toward
appropriations or (mis)appropriations
• how socio-political contexts affect the ability to translate the self and/or interpret others
• how globalization provides new challenges for the
interpretations of or translations by fringe subjects?
• how visible or invisible power structures may
advance or impede the process of translation of self
to other/other to self

Paper abstracts (circa 300 words) must be submitted by September 15, 2005. Please include a one-page CV along with your abstract.

Please send inquiries and submissions (in the body of the E-mail) to
Barbara Ciccarelli(

Dr. Barbara L. Ciccarelli
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Arts and Sciences
Neumann College
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014

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