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LINGUIST List 17.3437

Wed Nov 22 2006

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Ling & Literature, Socioling/Germany

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        1.    Malgorzata Mas, Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process

Message 1: Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process
Date: 22-Nov-2006
From: Malgorzata Mas <malgorzata_masyahoo.de>
Subject: Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process

Full Title: Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process

Date: 02-Mar-2007 - 04-Mar-2007
Location: Bielefeld, Northrhein-Westphalia, Germany
Contact Person: Dr. Sigrun Meinig
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.culturesinprocess.com

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2006

Meeting Description:

University of Bielefeld, Germany 2 to 4 March 2007
Interdisciplinary Conference
Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process
Website: www.culturesinprocess.com

University of Bielefeld, Germany
2 to 4 March 2007

Interdisciplinary Conference

Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process

Call for Papers

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:
Professor Robert J. C. Young, New York University

Cultures are dynamic sites of negotiation, exchange, and mixing. In fields such as literary studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, cultural history, or anthropology concepts such as transculturation (Ortiz, Pratt) and hybridity (Bhabha, Young) explore cultures and their representations in such terms. Together with linguistic approaches like accommodation theory (Giles) they have high currency in contemporary debates. Notions such as 'contact zone', 'interstices', or 'third space' outline the context, preconditions, and effects of cultural interchange. The processes that are at the centre of cultural encounters, however, have largely remained lacunae in a complex, interdisciplinary field with a multiplicity of terminological coinings.

For the analysis of cultural encounters the fact that 'process' mostly remains an open variable has particularly serious repercussions not least with regard to the field's central conundrums such as the role of agency or the widely acknowledged but little understood notion of accommodation. Emphasising the dimension of process, by contrast, opens what 'happens inside' up to analysis. Moreover, because of this inside view, new insights, for example with regard to the workings and possibilities of agency or accommodation can be garnered. What 'process' involves becomes particularly visible in a specific and exemplary type of cultural process, namely cultural encounter. Here, since two or more cultures meet and interact, the dynamics of cultures become the centre of attention, whether they manifest themselves in cultures defined in national or ethnical terms or in cultures in a broad sense, including media cultures, legal cultures, gender cultures, age cultures, etc. More precisely, the experience of cultural encounter offers itself as the prime point of access to cultural processes, since 'culture' after all refers to how human beings organise and negotiate their lives both materially and discursively.

For the conference 'Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process' to be held 2 to 4 March 2007 at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, we solicit papers which explore cultural processes in disciplines such as literary studies, cultural studies, linguistics, psychology, history, anthropology, media studies, or philosophy. The conference will be organised in sections and we list the sections we envisage below. If possible indicate for which panel you propose your abstract. Depending on proposals we will expand and adjust the scope of the sections.

--Cultural Encounters in Process: Concepts, Theories, Positions
--The Processing of Cultural Encounters: Perception and Cognition
--The Body in Cultural Encounters
--Cultural Encounters and Linguistic Processes
--The Manifestations of Cultural Processes in Individual Cultures and their -Cultural Representations

Please send abstracts of 300 words for papers of 20 minutes in electronic form to conference2007.processuni-bielefeld.de by 15 December 2006.

Website: www.culturesinprocess.com


Prof. Dr. Ralf Schneider and Dr. Stephan Gramley
University of Bielefeld
Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld, Germany

Dr. Sigrun Meinig
Dresden University of Technology
British Literary Studies, Institute
of British & American Studies
01062 Dresden, Germany

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