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Ergebnisanzeige "»Impure Languages«. Linguistic and Literary Hybridity in Contemporary Cultures"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
Titel»Impure Languages«. Linguistic and Literary Hybridity in Contemporary Cultures
Beschreibung»Impure Languages«
Linguistic and Literary Hybridity in Contemporary Cultures

Interdisciplinary colloquium at the University of Hamburg (Germany) in cooperation with
The University of Delhi (India) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi/India)

October 3 and 4, 2008

Missionsakademie der Universität Hamburg
Rupertistr. 67
22609 Hamburg

Hybridity has become a leading concept in cultural studies in the last 20 years. Originating in biology – highly problematic theories on “racial contacts” in the 19th century – the term features the basic denotation of a “mixture” or “melting” of non-identical entities that often carry different, especially hierarchically structured, cultural values. Hybridity is here associated with “impurity” as well as with the notion of a “contamination” of a (hegemonic) culture.

In poststructuralist and post-colonial theories these negative connotations have been fundamentally reversed. Hybridity has been turned into a provocative and productive concept of “différance” that establishes the category of the “third” – a plural and often contradictory form of “identity” that transcends the mere synthesis of two antagonistic parts.

The concept of hybridity functions as a central figure in intercultural discourses and analysis alike, in so far as it allows colonized, socially marginalized or politically suppressed subjects to create linguistic codes and cultural meaning beyond the logics of antagonistic power representation and to turn them into something to be adopted as a new project identity.

In the context of the symposium, the concept may be used as a working term to analyse processes of creation and performative usages of hybrid languages in contemporary cultures, especially in urban orality and in (post-)modern literatures. A central focus will be given to the creative and innovative potential of those “impure languages” and their irritating cultural performances.

Concept and organisation:
Prof. Dr. Claudia Benthien (Institut für Germanistik II); Prof. Dr. Marc Föcking (Institut für Romanistik); Prof. Dr. Roland Kießling (Afrika-Asien-Institut), Prof. Dr. Tatiana Oranskaia (Afrika-Asien-Institut)

Thursday, October 2, 2008
Rathaus Hamburg / Hamburg City Hall

5.30-6.30 PM
Welcome reception for the workshop participants
Lounge of the Hamburg city hall hosted by the Head of the Science Commitee

7:00 PM
Dinner of the participants and officials
Restaurant “Parlament”, city hall cellar

Friday, October 3, 2008
Missionsakademie Hamburg

9.30-10.00 AM
Welcoming remarks; Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Introduction to the concept of the workshop by the Hamburg scholars

Hybrid Concepts of Language and Culture – Opening Session

10.00-10.45 AM
PROF. DR. ANIL BHATTI (Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies):´
Heterogeneity, Homogeneity. On Diversity and Purity in Language and Culture


11.15-12.00 AM
PROF. DR. ANGELIKA REDDER (Universität Hamburg, Institut für Germanistik I):
Hybrid or Intercultural Academic Discourse – A Phenomenological Analysis from the Perspective of Linguistics

12.00-12.45 AM
PROF. SHRISHAIL SASALATTI, PHD (Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies):
Conceptualising a Cross Cultural Communicative Competence Based on a Call for a Shift from ‘Hybrid-Codes’ to ‘High-Breed Codes’ in a Multilingual Discourse


Literary Hybridity on a Horizontal Scale: Blending/Clashing Cultural Traditions

2.30-3.15 PM
PROF. SHASWATI MAZUMDAR, PHD (Delhi University, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies):
Language of the 21st century? The poetics and politics of 'transcultural' writing

3.15-4.00 PM
PROF. SHORMISHTHA PANJA, PHD (Delhi University, Department of English):
Cultural Hybridity in Indian English Literature


Selected Case Studies on Linguistic ‘Impurity’

4.30-5.15 PM
PROF. DR. CHRISTOPH GABRIEL (Universität Hamburg, Institut für Romanistik):
Hybridity in Prosodic Systems? The Case of Porteño Spanish

5.15-7.00 PM
PROF. DR. ROLAND KIESSLING (Universität Hamburg, Afrika-Asien-Institut):
Hybridity of Juvenile Discourse in Africa
SHIRIN AGHA-MOHAMAD-BEIGUI, M.A. (research group Prof. Kießling, Universität Hamburg, Afrika-Asien-Institut):
Sheng – The Making of an In-Group Code in Nairobi (Kenya)

Saturday, October 4, 2008
Missionsakademie Hamburg

Hindi-English Hybridity in Language

10:00-10.45 AM
PROF. RAMA KANT AGNIHOTRI, PHD (Delhi University, Department of Linguistics) [co-author Kay McCormick (University of Cape Town)]:
Signage: Language in the Material World

10.45.-11.30 AM
PROF. DR. TATIANA ORANSKAIA (Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut):
Hybridity and Incest: English and Sanskrit in Hindi Grammar

Short sight seeing walking excursion to the Elbe river


Literary Hybridity on a Vertical Scale: Clashing ‘High’ and ‘Low’ Cultures

2.00-2.45 PM
PROF. DR. MARC FÖCKING (Universität Hamburg, Institut für Romanistik):
Hybridity and the Italian Detective Novel

2.45-3.30 PM
PROF. DR. CLAUDIA BENTHIEN (Universität Hamburg, Institut für Germanistik II):
The Linguistic Contamination of ‘High Culture’: Aesthetic Hybridity and Gender Discourses in Contemporary German Literature (Jelinek, Beyer, Zaimoglu, Meinecke)


‘Impurity’ as a Chance – Hybrid Cultural Identities

4.00-4.45 PM
PROF. PRAMOD PANDEY, PHD (Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies):
Impurity and Hybridity Are Ingrained in Linguistic Capacity

4.45-5.30 PM
DR. RAM PRASAD BHATT (Universität Hamburg, Afrika-Asien-Institut):
Cultural Hybridity among Dam Displaced Garhwalis: A Case Study of Tehri Dam

5.30-6.30 PM
Concluding discussion and perspectives for a future cooperation

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SchlüsselbegriffeKontaktlinguistik (Sprachkontakt, Interferenzforschung, Interkulturelle Kommunikation, Mehrsprachigkeit); Sprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
Klassifikation02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.10.00 Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte
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