CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Call for Book Chapters

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Ahmad Al-Issa
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Call for Book Chapters

Globalization, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World

How is globalization impacting Arabs in terms of their culture, identity,
lives, and professions?
How have their lives been changed or impacted, either positively or
negatively, in light of globalization?

The concept of globalization today is seen from a variety of vantage
points and is interdisciplinary in nature. In today’s world it is viewed
as a political, economic, and cultural process. Globalization has brought
unprecedented growth economically to some regions; it has been the cause
of human population movements across borders and has led to more contact
between and among various ethnic and cultural groups. This has led to a
need by most to develop or continue to hone their cross-cultural skills.
Globalization promises us a world without boundaries and increased
opportunities for cross-cultural exchange. However, as we are all aware,
there are always challenges in terms of language, culture, and
communication as more ethnically and linguistically diverse people
continue to cross borders.

It is within this context that we are seeking chapters from Arabs or non-
Arabs living in the Arab world who can share their own personal journeys
regarding the changes that globalization has wrought on their identities
or on others’ identities. We are looking for narratives that encompass
both the positive and/or the negative influences of globalization. We want
writers to express their personal viewpoints regarding how their own
identities or the identities of others have been modified, altered, or
expanded both culturally and linguistically due to the effects of
globalization. Authors may also draw upon works of literature, history,
cross-cultural communication or psychology to exemplify their experiences
of globalization or multiculturalism.

One aspect of globalization that we would like our contributors to
consider, if it interests them, concerns not only the present situation in
which we are living, but the future effects of globalization upon
identity, which may become increasingly self-reflexive and non-attached to
specific ideologies, values, or traditions. As the French dramatist
Antonin Artaud says, self-reflexive identity involves the experience of “a
void in thought.” A void in thought is a state of mind that begins with
language and meaning and then goes beyond them through a shift in how the
mind perceives cultural phenomena. As an unidentifiable emptiness, this
void is knowable not through ideas, but rather through the immediacy of
direct experience. Whatever third-person, objective theory we use to
describe it, the subjective “experience” of the void is trans-cultural and
transpersonal. We do not require our contributors to focus on this state
of cultural in-between-ness, but suggest that, if they feel so inclined,
they consider what the future may hold once globalization becomes so
extensive that individual identity begins to oscillate between cultures,
with the experience of the gaps between these cultures perhaps leading
them to a possible trans-cultural awareness of global multiculturalism.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter to Globalization,
Culture, and Identity in the Arab World, please email the title, a one-
page chapter proposal, and a 200-word biography to Dr. Ahmad Al-Issa
( and Dr. William Haney ( by March 20th,
2008. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 1, 2008 and
sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be
submitted by July 20, 2008.

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