From: Princewill Njong <princewillsignpostuniyao.com>
Subject: Redefining (my) Space in the Global Context
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Full Title: Redefining (my) Space in the Global Context
Short Title: Signpost (Uniyao)
Date: 09-Jun-2011 - 11-Jun-2011
Location: Yaounde, Centre Region, Cameroon
Contact Person: Princewill Njong
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.signpostuniyao.com
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Call Deadline: 09-May-2011
Theme: Redefining (my) Space in the Global Context
Date: June 9 - 11, 2011
Venue: Department of English, FALSS, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon
Globalisation has brought about not just an increasing rapprochement of previously exclusive societies and peoples but equally and more significantly an almost indefinable anxiety in these societies and peoples with regards to the nature of their place and identity in the so-called global village. In a global context, the nature of the identity of a nation and/or people invariably defines its space. Yet globalisation equally means the intermingling of different peoples and identities as well as the penetration of the local space by distance. There then arises a need to redefine or reassert local space in relation to the global space since there is a possibility/probability of minority and or powerless nations/peoples being subsumed under the more powerful and thus shedding the essence of their ‘self’. Literature and language thus become a medium through which this local space can be asserted, that is the discursive reconstruction of space via literature or the expression of the local in (English) language use. How does migration influence cultural identity? Is the increasing intermingling of cultures in the global space leading to a global cultural identity? How do writers seek to redefine racial, ethnic, gender, linguistic and/or cultural space in the global context? In what ways does language define local space? Is the appropriation of language in literature and/or otherwise synonymous to the appropriation of personal space in the melting pot of globalisation? How can cultural ‘in-betweeness’ be asserted as personal space?
This three day conference seeks to provide a critical perspective to the delicate balance between globalisation and localisation especially in New Englishes and New Englishes Literatures. How do we interact with the global community while preserving our local identities? How do Language and Literature translate or transmit our sociocultural, socioeconomic, sociopolitical and historical values and visions? Can we communicate our judgments and feelings appropriately through a second language? Can local languages and values survive in the face of the ruthless spread of the English language and literatures? The focus will be on new Englishes and new Englishes literatures, identity, new cultures, and nationhood.
Call for Papers:
The conference seeks papers that respond to the themes of the conference and related issues. These may be on but not limited to the following sub themes:
Intelligibility in the global context
New Englishes and New Englishes literatures
Migration and cultural in-betweenness
New identities and expressions in the outer circle
Abstracts of 200 to 250 words should be sent to abstractsignpostuniyao.com by 9th May 2011.
First Drafts of completed papers should be sent to abstractsignpostuniyao.com by 25th May 2011.
NB: Papers of no more than fifteen (15) pages (A4) should be formatted following the latest requirements of APA and MLA for language and literature respectively. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.signpostuniyao.com/.
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