>From: "Gerd Sebald" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Circular Flows (grad) (Germany) (8/31/06; 11/3/06-11/5/06)
>7th Graduate Conference in Erlangen
>Deadline: August 31st 2006
>November 3rd - 5th 2006
>Kochstr. 4, 91054 Erlangen
>Capillaries of World Culture
>The 7th graduate conference "circular flows" takes up the theme of the 6th
>conference which was held under the title "border//crossings". Two years
>ago, in 2004, borders and border crossing was discussed, while this
>year's conference will focus on the topics of mobility and motility as
>constituents of new trans-cultural spaces. The crossing of traditional
>borders is considered as a necessary prerequisite of the emergence
>of "Circular Flows", but the main attention is drawn towards the genesis,
>modification and stabilisation of knowledge and culture in the course of
>border transgression - from "roots" to "routes" as Paul Gilroy put it.
>The conference deals both with questions of "blurring boundaries" on the
>level of international organisations, with discourses of
>new "transnational spaces", of new "ethno-, ideo- or mediascapes" and
>with discussions about "glocalization", "hybridisation" and "melange".
>Processuality is the common ground of all these aspects. Their stability -
>as suggested by the title of the conference - stems from their
>circularity or recursivity in time.
>The conference addresses the debate about world culture und world society
>beyond global finance markets and geopolitics. Artefacts, bodies, people,
>social relations, institutions, figures, media, facts and cultures "on
>the move" are to be questioned about their bottom-up consequences for and
>in line with world culture.
>This main issue can be specified in three dimensions:
>1) Flows, transfer, blending and recursivity (de-constructions of global
>Circuits of movement, perpetual streams of communication, flows of
>symbols, the mechanisms of transfer and diffusion are elements and
>expressions of "circular flows". Physical movement, the "movement" of
>meaning and media and the alteration of perspectives and world views do
>not necessarily coincide. They rather overlap substitute or interchange
>amongst each other and into the direction of their social and cultural
>environments. We can therefore ask for the terms of their recursivity as
>well as for their (de-)constructive effects in relationship to other both
>mobile and immobile life-forms.
>2) Reflexivity, emergence of culture and of spaces (cos-mobility)
>The second direction focuses space in a geographical and in a figurative
>sense: Space as an issue of discourse as well as the construction of its
>symbolic structure by actors. Being on the move involves the crossing
>of "traditional-modern" social spaces and may lead to the reflexive
>formation of symbolic structures of aesthetics, styles and self
>representations. These representations have a spatial dimension and touch
>questions of "home" and "identity". One could think of post-modern
>constellations of symbols, the intermingling of cultural codes etc. and
>of questions of cosmobility.
>3) Regulation, inclusion und exclusion (new borderlines)
>>From a perspective of circularity the meaning of borders/frontiers becomes
>multidimensional: in terms of borders and the crossing of frontiers as a
>prerequisite for the constitution of new spaces and flows, in terms of
>insecure existence next or "on" borders and in terms of transcultural or
>global demarcations in the line of recursive stabilization of new spaces
>(exclusion/inclusion). We want to lay emphasis on the analysis of
>mechanisms of regulation, regimes and stabilization. One could think of
>studies which deal with the suppression of circular flows or with
>questions of unequal distribution of opportunity structures and the
>variance of abilities to capitalize on new spaces and their symbolic
>representation. Eventually, this topic touches questions of the
>conditioning of communication and movement by global regimes of money and
>We would like to invite an international and interdisciplinary audience to
>the three-day conference. Graduates and postgraduates from philosophy,
>history, languages and literatures, media studies, social sciences etc.
>should post proposals to the issue of "circular flows", both theoretical
>work or concepts and empirical or literature studies.
>Conference languages will be English and German. The publication of an
>anthology is planned. Please submit your proposal using the online
>registration form on this webpage (www.gradnet.de) until August, 31st .
>The conference fee will presumably be ’Ç¨ 20,- (to be paid on arrival).
>Please contact us if you have any questions.
>Department of Sociology
>0049-9131-8522092 (or: 0049-9131-8522792)
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