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LINGUIST List 23.2432

Tue May 22 2012

Calls: Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Ling & Lit, Translation/Singapore

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Date: 22-May-2012
From: Raymund Vitorio <raymundvitorionus.edu.sg>
Subject: Flux! - Mediating Asian Change through Language, Literature and Performance
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Full Title: Flux! - Mediating Asian Change through Language, Literature and Performance

Date: 27-Sep-2012 - 28-Sep-2012
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Contact Person: Raymund Vitorio
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://blog.nus.edu.sg/ellgradconference2012/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 22-Jun-2012

Meeting Description:

Flux! - Mediating Asian Change through Language, Literature and Performance
A two-day Graduate Student conference
Venue: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
Date: Thursday and Friday 27 and 28 September 2012, 9.00am-5.00pm

The last two decades have seen many of Asia's nations rise dramatically to prominence on the world stage. The identities, practices and ways of life of the region's inhabitants have changed accordingly. These transformations continue apace, and are both reflected in and shaped by the continent's dizzyingly diverse language, narrative and performance cultures. The aim of this graduate conference is to investigate the nature of these on-going changes within and beyond the borders of Asia, and to examine their social and political consequences.

Flux - the continuous movement of change - probably best describes the very nature of this region. Rapid alterations in everyday rhetoric, poetics and creative practices suggest an energetic and vibrant culture; one that calls for investigation. These evolving utterances, speech patterns, literary texts and performances play a significant role in informing, influencing and re-inventing the socio-political landscapes of the region. Mediation and new media technologies figure as essential components within this flux. Various mediums, ranging from the human body to the Internet, constantly interact with each other and intervene into the wider culture, vehicles through which change can be understood. In turn, they inform social forces that have a bearing on the region's languages, narratives and performances. It is primarily for this reason that this volatile state of flux can be disconcerting and challenging - but also energizing and fun.

This is the 2nd Graduate Conference organized by the Graduate Students of the Department of English Language and Literature (ELL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Call for Papers:

Presentations may address, though will not be limited to, the following questions.


What are the main changes taking place within the language, literature and performance cultures of the Asian region?
How are these changes happening, what are their effects, and what kinds of responses are they producing?


In Language:

How are socio-political events in contemporary Asia shaping language contact?
What linguistic and semiotic resources are being appropriated to construct or refashion new urban identities in the region?
How is Asian change constitutive of language stylization and performance and vice versa?

In Literature:

How are the different metaphors of change addressed in Asian narratives?
How do concepts of mobility and double diaspora in the region revise and challenge notions of belonging in existing Asian diasporic literature and film?
How are ideas of 'nation/nation-states' narrated in Asian texts in the backdrop of a reified awareness of discourses of globalisation/cosmopolitanism? What is the idea of Asia(s) in contemporary literary marketplace?
What is the relationship between contemporary literary idioms/genres and Asia?

In Performance:

What is the relationship between performance aesthetics and the changing political landscape of the Asian region?
How are everyday practices reconfiguring concepts of space and time in Asian performances?
How are new media technologies extending and transforming the idea of the performative self?

Paper proposals should be in MSWord format. It should include a title, a 350-word abstract and a 100-word biography. Please email the proposal to nus.ell.conferencegmail.com by 22 June 2012.

Authors of selected abstracts must be prepared to send in an unpublished full paper (draft) of between 6,000-8,000 words in length by 6 September 2012.

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