[URBANTH-L]CFP: Cultures in Transit (Lyon)

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Fri Jan 11 15:59:50 EST 2008



Liverpool, 18th-21st JULY 2008
CFP Deadline: January 30, 2008

The inaugural conference of the International Institute for Transcultural
and Diasporic Studies will take place in Liverpool, Europe's Capital of
Culture, in 2008. Future conferences will alternate between Liverpool Hope
University and Jean Moulin University, Lyon.

While focussed primarily on the arts, humanities and social sciences, the
programme will be transdisciplinary and open to all those interested in
transcultural and transdisciplinary discussion, particularly but not
exclusively in fields such as literary and cultural studies, cultural
anthropology and history, cinema studies, music studies, sociology and


We welcome proposals for papers which address the following questions:

. Why have diasporas happened?
. What happens to social and cultural practices (textual, visual,
linguistic, musical) when they are displaced (examples might include
francophone cultures in America, and musical cultures in the Caribbean)?
. What happens to local cultures when external social and cultural practices
confront them?
. What happens to cultures which have experienced extensive emigration?
. Related questions which focus on the central themes of historical
processes of hybridisation/metissage, intertextuality and cultural fusion
brought about by migrations of people, ideas and practices, the impact of
globalization on the production, consumption, diffusion and reception of
cultures and cultural practices, pre-modern nomadism and post-modern
nomadologies. We welcome proposals which approach these themes either from
the perspective of specific communities or that of specific experiences.

Proposals for papers in approximately 150 words should be submitted by 31st
January, 2008. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome of
their submission in early February 2008. Final versions of papers which
should be of 6,000 words should be submitted by 15th June, 2008. Papers
should be in English and will be distributed in advance of the sessions in
order to promote lively and engaged discussion at the conference.
Please send outline paper proposals to Dr Terry Phillips at
phillim at hope.ac.uk or at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, L16 9JD,
United Kingdom.

A selection of papers will be published in the journal
Transtext(e)sTranscultures and a further selection in a discrete themed


Brian Castro:  Brian Castro was joint winner of the Australian/Vogel
literary award for his first novel Birds of Passage (1983), which has been
translated into French and Chinese. This was followed by Pomeroy (1990),
Double-Wolf (1991), winner of The Age Fiction Prize and the Vance Palmer
Prize for Fiction, and subsequently After China (1992), which won the Vance
Palmer Prize for Fiction and was also subsequently translated into French
and Chinese. His fifth novel, Drift, was published in July 1994. His sixth
novel Stepper won the 1997 National Book Council 'Banjo' Prize for fiction.
In 1999 he published a collection of essays, Looking For Estrellita
(University of Queensland Press). In 2003 Giramondo published his 'fictional
autobiography', Shanghai Dancing, which won the Vance Palmer Prize, the
Christina Stead Prize and was named the NSW Premier's Book of the Year. His
novel, The Garden Book, was published by Giramondo in 2005.  Brian Castro is
now Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing, in the School of
Culture and Communications, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Tejaswini Niranjana: Tejaswini Niranjana is Director and Senior Fellow of
the Centre for the Study of Society and Culture (Bangalore). Among her many
publications are Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism and the
Colonial Context (University of California Press, 1992) and Mobilizing
India: Women, Music, and Migration between India and Trinidad (Duke
University Press, 2006). Among the awards she has received are the Sephis
Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-99) ; Sawyer Fellowship, International
Institute, University of Michigan (1996); Rockefeller Fellowship, Programme
in Globalization and the Media, Chicago Humanities Institute, University of
Chicago (1996) and the Homi Bhabha National Fellowship (1992-94). She is
also a distinguished translator and has won the Central Sahitya Akademi
Award for Best Translation into English (1993) and the Karnataka State
Sahitya Akademi Award for Best Translation of 1994 (awarded in 1996). She
has lectured at universities in the West Indies, Brazil, South Africa, Hong
Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, the USA, and France, and has taught
at the University of Hyderabad and the University of Chicago.

Stephanos Stephanides. Stephanos Stephanides, Professor of Comparative
Literature and Dean of the School of Humanities, University of Cyprus, poet
and literary and cultural critic with an interest in cultural
translatability and memory who was awarded first prize in the 1988 poetry
competition of the Society of Anthropology and Humanism (USA); author of a
book Translating Kali's Feast: the Goddess in Indo-Caribbean Ritual and
Fiction and two documentary films, Hail Mother Kali (1988) and Kali in the
Americas (2003). Hail Mother Kali was nominated for an award for excellence
by the Society for Anlhro-Journalism (USA).

Alain Suberchicot. Alain Suberchicot, Professor of American Literature at
Jean Moulin University, author of a number of books and articles on American
literature including Wallace Stevens and Thoreau; best know for his
Littérature Américaine et Écologie (2002).

Dr Terry Phillips
Liverpool Hope University,
Liverpool, L16 9JD, United Kingdom.
Email: phillim at hope.ac.uk

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