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EAST-WEST CULTURAL PASSAGE CONFERENCE:
CHANGING PLACES
Sibiu, 29 - 31 May 2014

In the changing social, political, economic, and cultural global landscape, such terms as national,international, cosmopolitan, global, and ‘other’ need to be constantly reinvented, redefined, reinterpreted, and reorganized. The spaces where identities are negotiated, fraught as they are with social, economic, political, religious, and cultural tensions and contradictions, are also culturally fertile contact zones. It is with such changes that our annual conference will concern itself in 2014, as it interrogates the impact of the changing global scene, increased staff mobility and the internationalisation of the profession on various disciplinary and institutional aspects of English studies.

The conference proposes to explore four strands: 1. Place, migration and changing identities; 2. Language and change: the impact of global English on local cultures, Englishes, and translation; 3. The Lodge connection: representations of change in the campus novel; 4. The changing profession and institutional adjustments in the wake of Bologna.

We invite participants to explore these changes from theoretical and/or text-based interdisciplinary perspectives in individual presentations, panels, and/or workshops.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):
- travel, tourism, migration
- changing perspectives on global migration and cultural identity
- new modes of social integration
- literacy: spaces and practices
- language and place, language and change, translation and cultural transfer
- global perceptions in literature, language, art, and popular culture
- fictional and non-fictional representations of the academe
- interdisciplinary perspectives on history, politics, anthropology, and religion
- the global impact of media and technology on education and sociology
- reading practices: literary tourism vs world literature etc.

 

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