[Singapore] Transcultural Imaginaries: Making New, Making Strange. A Moving Worlds Conference (& Dept of English NTU)

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Transcultural Imaginaries: Making New, Making Strange
A Moving Worlds Conference in collaboration with the Dept. of English, NTU, Singapore

Venue: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU, Singapore
Dates: 14-- 17 June 2013

Organizing Committee:
Shirley Chew, Neil Murphy, Jennifer Crawford, Daniel Jernigan, Lim Lee Ching, Bede Scott

Transcultural Imaginaries, a multidisciplinary conference, celebrates Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings. Devoted to creative work as well as criticism, literary as well as visual forms of representation from different cultural traditions, writing in scholarly and more personal modes, in English and translations into English, the Journal began life in 2001 in Leeds and the UK, and has, since 2011 and in rhizome fashion, put down fresh roots in Singapore. Co-published today by the University of Leeds and Nanyang Technological University, Moving Worlds is sustained by more than a dozen years of established and significant connections; at the same time, with its current proximity to Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region, it looks forward to representing new work, perspectives, and issues, and the exciting challenges this will bring.
Taking a cue from the Journal's title, the central theme of the Conference is the transcultural, that is, the movement of cultures across regional, national, and international boundaries, and the diverse and rich transformations resulting from these crisscrossings. It explores newness and experimentation in areas such as literature, theatre, film, visual and practical arts, music, architecture; and the political, social, and economic contexts of these transcultural achievements. It investigates key issues such as the extent to which globalization has made possible significant innovations in the arts; the interrelationship between the indigenous and the global; the continuing claims of the past and tradition upon interpretations of our present world and lives. It speaks critically to specific literary texts/films/artworks; and to individual writers, artists, film-makers, and relevant theorists.

We invite papers and proposals for panels (of 3-4 papers). Suggested topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

Translation and transcreation
Interregional exchange -- the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean
Forms in Architecture
Rewriting diaspora
The transport of styles
Postcolonial aesthetics
Technology and visual arts and media
Inventing Asia
Travelling theory
Sustainability: contesting paradigms
Contact zones and linguistic identity
Transcultural cities

Abstracts of 250 words to be sent by email to movingworlds@ntu.edu.sg by 15 January 2013.