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IN / DIFFERENCE: Current and Historical Perspectives on Cultures in Contact

A conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies

University of Limerick 9-10 November 2007

Living with and in diversity is perceived as both the challenge and the condition of the contemporary world. In the academic literature (e.g. on postmodernism, postcolonialism and globalization), notions of hybridity, multiple identities etc. are taken for granted as part of our current condition. Migration and technological developments bring difference into societies that once thought of themselves as homogeneous. This is the case with respect to many categories of difference - cultural, ethnic, linguistic, racial, gendered, religious, ideological, political, vocational etc. But, what have been the cultural and linguistic consequences of this contact? Linguistic and cultural products and practices articulate a full spectrum of engagement with difference, ranging from celebration to condemnation. However, they can also hint at indifference as a significant response to the rise of difference beyond this spectrum of active engagement. This conference seeks to interrogate all dimensions of this reality - the condition of the subject in difference, and the nature of indifference as a response to this condition by bringing together past and present perspectives on cultures in contact.

Papers are invited from all areas of scholarship in modern languages on topics related to these issues. Possible areas for discussion could include, but are not limited to the following:

Universalism and particularism
Multiculturalism versus interculturalism
Coolness and distinction
'Minority'cultural production and 'majority' cultural production
Monolingualism and linguistic diversity
Cultural imperialism and homogenization
Language learning and cultural difference
Indifference and the Information Age
Identity, community and polity
Translation and translatability

Abstracts (of 300 words maximum) should be sent to Dr Marieke Krajenbrink and Barbara Geraghty to arrive no later than Tuesday 31st July 2007. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and allow for 10 minutes questions and discussion.

Dr Marieke Krajenbrink
Dept of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick,
Tel: +353 61 202453 Fax: + 35361 202556

Barbara Geraghty,
Dept of Languages and Cultural Studies,
University of Limerick,
Tel.:+353 61 202992
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PersonName: Geraghty, Barbara 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Dept of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick 
Stadt: Limerick 
Telefon: +353 61 202992  
Fax: +35361 202556  
SchlüsselbegriffeKontaktlinguistik (Sprachkontakt, Interferenzforschung, Interkulturelle Kommunikation, Mehrsprachigkeit)
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.07.00 Germanistik im Ausland
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