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>From: Sura Rath <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Dialogics of Cultural Encounters (4/30/05; collection)
>alArrivalTime: 10 Jan 2005 20:17:57.0074 (UTC) FILETIME=[792ED320:01C4F751]
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>Pepers are invited for a collection tentatively titled "Dialogics of
>Cultural Encounters" scheduled for publication by the end of this year.
>Papers should focus on points of cultural contact. A core group of
>papers for this volume will come from the presentations at the 7th
>international conference on criticism and theory held last December at
>Visakhapatnam, India.
>
>The theme of the conference, "Dialogics of Cultural Encounters," is
>part of the ongoing debate of the Forum on the question of identity,
>which has acquired greater urgency and meaning today in the context of
>the recent events in Afghanistan and Iraq and the threat of
>international terrorism to the civilized world. The theme extends the
>scope of the debate on modernity, to encompass the larger dimension of
>the question involving dialogue between cultures, between civilizations,
>between religious and political ideologies, and between the present and
>the past.  The idea of modernity, which was disseminated throughout the
>world under colonial dispensation, was both a spatial mode of
>intervention across cultures and a reflection on the nature of residual
>temporality of the past through the present. Through migration and
>displacement of people, through translations of works, through study of
>comparative literary perspectives and influences, and through expansion
>of regimes of control under colonialism and forms of globalization the
>world continues to be shaken and invigorated by spatial dynamics of
>cultural exchange. Temporal markers of disjunction and conjunction of
>cultural forces would include modernity's invocation of the past and
>its continued reworking of tradition through both conflicting and
>collaborative dialogues. The influx of modernity into the life-world of
>the countries influenced by the West could be seen as both a disturbing
>phenomenon for traditional cultures as well as a facilitation for a
>fruitful exchange of ideas for a healthy cross-fertilization of shared
>perspectives.
>
>Although some cynics have predicted a clash of civilizations and
>battles over ideological differences, there seems to have continued a
>subtle dialogue between systems of thought apparently opposed by their
>epistemic differences. The emergence of poststructuralist thinking and
>its profound impact on contemporary thought have made us aware that the
>old-fashioned dichotomies and polarities are no longer helpful in
>re-conceptualizing the nature of the human world; there is a need for a
>fresh look from the vantage point of the new century and new millennium,
>which is expected to offer us a vision of a new future.  By using the
>term "dialogics" from Mikhail Bakhtin and implying its opposition to
>the Marxist term "dialectics" we have tried to understand the more
>complex but valuable interplay of ideas across cultures and time as a
>way of making sense of the intricate process of encounters between
>cultures, despite the more obvious signs of many forms of conflicts
>resulting in violent political and ideological clashes. The conference
>will try to examine through close studies of cultural forms as well as
>the nature of philosophical debates through history how there has been a
>persistence of dialogical impulses, even when conflicts among cultures
>have been more open and bloody.
>
>Papers, mostly on conceptual nature, supported by textual examples, are
>welcome.  Mere textual analysis without any broad philosophical
>framework will not be entertained.
>
>Deadline:  30 April 2005                                   Publication
>date: December 2005
>Average length of MS.: 6000-8000 words
>Style:  MLA Handbook (Please keep notes to a minimum.)
>Manuscripts may be submitted electronically.
>
>Contact:  Sura P. Rath, Director
>                 The William O. Douglas Honors College
>                 Central Washington University
>                 Ellensburg, WA 98926
>                 Ph: 509.963.1445  Fax: 509.963.1206
>                 e-mail: [log in to unmask]
>
>Sura P. Rath, Director
>The William O. Douglas Honors College
>Central Washington University
>Language & Literature Building, Ste. 103B
>400 East University Way
>Ellensbu-rg, WA 98926-7521
>
>Phone: 509-963-1440
>Fax:      509-963-1206
>Email:   [log in to unmask]
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