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>>What we want to establish at this
>>  conference is that the subject is not approached in a compartmentalized
>>  fashion, where some sections focus on the French context, some on the
>>  German context ..... That is why we did not list all the languages
>>  (literatures / cultures) separately. We felt that the way this call for
>>  papers is designed it should be read as an appeal to everyone in the
>>  humanities to contribute from the perspective of his/her field. And
>>  hopefully everyone who is in the field of German Studies, and deals in
>>  his/her research with the German "Africa connection" would read it
>>  exactly this way.

-Stefanie Ohnesorg

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>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>  Cultures in Motion: The Africa Connection
>
>  International and Interdisciplinary Conference
>
>  University of Tennessee, Knoxville
>
>  Feb. 6-9, 2003
>
>  During the spring semester 2003, the University of Tennessee will engage
>  in a multitude of Africa related activities and events that range from
>  an African Art Exhibit and scholar residencies on campus to a host of
>  outreach and cultural events, including the North-American premiere of
>  Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's play "Oyedipo at Kolhuni," a modern
>  adaptation of Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus." Performance dates are
>  Feb. 7-22, 2003, and conference participants will have the opportunity
>  to reserve tickets for the premiere on Friday, Feb. 7, or the
>  performance on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003.
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>  The overall theme for the Africa-Semester at the University of Tennessee
>  is "At Home in Africa - Africa at Home: Celebrating African Art,
>  Literature and Performance, " and it is one of our goals to focus on the
>  interrelatedness of African and non-African cultures world-wide and over
>  time.
>
>  As part of the Africa Semester at the University of Tennessee, we will
>  hold an interdisciplinary and international conference entitled
>  "Cultures in Motion: The Africa Connection."
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>  During the conference we plan to focus on:
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>  * How Africans and African elements have influenced the cultural
>  production in the Diaspora world-wide,
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>  * How African musicians, writers, performers, and artists reflect
>  non-African (cultural) influences in their works,
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>  * How processes of cultural contact and influence are perceived and
>  interpreted: as an enrichment or as a development that will ultimately
>  lead to the erosion of unique and distinct cultural traditions.
>
>  We invite proposals for papers that explore these themes in their
>  historical and/or contemporaneous contexts from all areas in the
>  Humanities and Social Sciences, and we especially welcome
>  interdisciplinary and non-traditional approaches.
>
>  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
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>  * Interacting to Understand / Understanding to Interact
>  * Cultural Memories - Memorized Cultures
>  * Ethnicity, Tribalism and Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization
>  * Politics of (Self)Representation in Print, the Media, and on the
>  Internet
>  * Historicizing Gender and Race
>  * A Closer Look at the 'Contact Zone'
>  * (Re)Defining Cultural Interconnectedness
>  * Dealing with 'Otherness' in Travel Accounts and Ethnographic Sketches
>  * Analyzing Collections (e.g. Postcards, Souvenirs, Sound Recordings,
>  Photographs, Art and Artifacts ...)
>  * (Un)Intended Colonial Legacies
>  * Forced and Voluntary Migrations and Contacts
>  * Visualizing 'Cultures in Motion'
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>  Deadline for Proposals: Sept. 15, 2002
>
>  Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words for a presentation of
>  approximately 20 minutes and a short biographical sketch to each of the
>  conference organizers listed below. Submissions via e-mail are
>  preferred! Please do not forget to include your telephone number, fax
>  number, and email address. You should also let us know of any necessary
>  audio-visual needs.
>
>  Carolyn R. Hodges
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>  (865) 974-2312
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>  Stefanie Ohnesorg
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>  (865) 974-7098
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>  Mailing address:
>  Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
>  University of Tennessee
>  701 McClung Tower
>  Knoxville, TN 37996-0470, U.S.A.
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>  A panel of scholars from various fields will select papers after the
>  closing date and notify presenters by October 5, 2002. A selection of
>  papers will be published in a monograph.
--
Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Professor of German
Department of German and Russian Studies
University of Missouri
454 GCB
Columbia, MO  65211
Telephone: (573) 882-9450
Fax: (573) 884-8456
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