‘Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity’ — 2014 Annual Global Studies Association Conference, York University, June 26-28, 2014

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The 2014 Annual GSA Conference – ‘Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity’

The 2014 Annual Global Studies Association Conference

York St John University, York, Thursday, 26 June – Saturday, 28 June, 2014

Keynote speakers (confirmed): Robert J. Holton (Trinity College Dublin), Alan Rice (Central Lancashire) and Roland Robertson (University of Pittsburgh and University of Aberdeen)

Cultural encounters – both as cultural phenomena and a concept – gain momentum across the social sciences and humanities within an interdisciplinary dialogue that calls for new analytical tools to explain conditions of global connectivity. While there is already a well-established literature on the ways in which cultural encounters translate experiences of identity and difference in an interconnected nd postcolonial world, new approaches to cultural encounters in relation to issues of power, global inequalities, cosmopolitanism, digital communication, and borders (cultural and political) foreground new questions and controversies in play within and across disciplinary divisions. The 2014 Annual GSA Conference is particularly interested in generating lively inter-disciplinary discussions while bringing to the fore new theoretical positions and empirical analyses of cultural encounters as an analytical lens to explain current and past global connections. What kinds of cultural translations between western and non- western modes of thought are made possible by cultural encounters? What is the relation between virtual, imagined and embodied encounters? What new encounters and connections are being made and how? How do ‘new digital technologies facilitate/ hinder this ‘newness’? How adequate and valid are theories which conceptualise cultural encounters as a type of connection? How useful is the notion of cultural encounter to explain new forms of transnational socio-political struggle and political participation?

We welcome contributions from members and interested participants working from within a variety of disciplines across the social sciences and the humanities, such as literary studies, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, anthropology, IR, geography, political science, and cultural history.

We welcome proposals for papers in any of the following areas:

• Postcolonial studies
• Beyond ‘ World Literature’
• Food studies
• Migrant identities and mobilities
• Cosmopolitan encounters
• Digital diasporas
• Encountering ‘the other: Travel writing
• Orientalism and Occidentalism
• Transnational cinema
• Behind the scenes at the Museum:memorializing encounter, telling of trauma
• Digital technologies and new forms of ’encounter’
• Tourism and heritage studies
• New pedagogies and the global classroom
• Language studies and linguistics : World English and beyond
• Translation and cultural encounters
• Theology and spirituality
• From Interdisciplinary to interplanetarity:beyond the global
• Encounters and the war on terror
• Borders, connectivity and transnational politics
• Borders in translation
• New protest movements
• The global city: urban encounters

Proposals for papers should take the form of a 300 word abstract. The organisers will allocate papers to an appropriate panel. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 4 April 2014. Please send to conference organizer Maria Rovisco at m.rovisco@googlemail.com

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