Event Date/Time: Jul 18, 2008 End Date/Time: Jul 21, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 29, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Jun 15, 2008
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18th-21st JULY 2008

The inaugural conference of the International Institute for Transcultural and Diasporic Studies will take place in Liverpool, Europe’s Capital of Culture, in 2008. Future conferences will alternate between Liverpool Hope University and Jean Moulin University, Lyon.

While focussed primarily on the arts, humanities and social sciences, the programme will be transdisciplinary and open to all those interested in transcultural and transdisciplinary discussion, particularly but not exclusively in fields such as literary and cultural studies, cultural anthropology and history, cinema studies, music studies, sociology and sociolinguistics.


Brian Castro
Brian Castro was joint winner of the Australian/Vogel literary award for his first novel Birds of Passage (1983), which has been translated into French and Chinese. This was followed by Pomeroy (1990), Double-Wolf (1991), winner of The Age Fiction Prize and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, and subsequently After China (1992), which won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction and was also subsequently translated into French and Chinese. His fifth novel, Drift, was published in July 1994. His sixth novel Stepper won the 1997 National Book Council 'Banjo' Prize for fiction. In 1999 he published a collection of essays, Looking For Estrellita (University of Queensland Press). In 2003 Giramondo published his 'fictional autobiography', Shanghai Dancing, which won the Vance Palmer Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and was named the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year. His novel, The Garden Book, was published by Giramondo in 2005.
Brian Castro is now Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing, in the School of Culture and Communications, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Tejaswini Niranjana
Tejaswini Niranjana is Director and Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Society and Culture (Bangalore).
Among her many publications are Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism and the Colonial Context (University of California Press, 1992) and Mobilizing India: Women, Music, and Migration between India and Trinidad (Duke University Press, 2006). Among the awards she has received are the Sephis Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-99); Sawyer Fellowship, International Institute, University of Michigan (1996); Rockefeller Fellowship, Programme in Globalization and the Media, Chicago Humanities Institute, University of Chicago (1996) and the Homi Bhabha National Fellowship (1992-94). She is also a distinguished translator and has won the Central Sahitya Akademi Award for Best Translation into English (1993) and the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Award for Best Translation of 1994 (awarded in 1996).
She has lectured at universities in the West Indies, Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, the USA, and France, and has taught at the University of Hyderabad and the University of Chicago.
Stephanos Stephanides, Professor of Comparative Literature and Dean of the School of Humanities, University of Cyprus, poet and literary and cultural critic with an interest in cultural translatability and memory who was awarded first prize in the 1988 poetry competition of the Society of Anthropology and Humanism (USA); author of a book Translating Kali's Feast: the Goddess in Indo-Caribbean Ritual and Fiction and two documentary films, Hail Mother Kali (1988) and Kali in the Americas (2003). Hail Mother Kali was nominated for an award for excellence by the Society for Anlhro-Journalism (USA).

Alain Suberchicot, Professor of American Literature at Jean Moulin University, author of a number of books and articles on American literature including Wallace Stevens and Thoreau; best know for his Littérature Américaine et Écologie (2002).


We welcome proposals for papers which address the following questions:
• Why have diasporas happened?
• What happens to social and cultural practices (textual, visual, linguistic, musical) when they are displaced (examples might include francophone cultures in America, and musical cultures in the Caribbean)?
• What happens to local cultures when external social and cultural practices confront them?
• What happens to cultures which have experienced extensive emigration?
• Related questions which focus on the central themes of historical processes of hybridisation/metissage, intertextuality and cultural fusion brought about by migrations of people, ideas and practices, the impact of globalization on the production, consumption, diffusion and reception of cultures and cultural practices, pre-modern nomadism and post-modern nomadologies.

We welcome proposals which approach these themes either from the perspective of specific communities or that of specific experiences.

Proposals for papers in approximately 150 words should be submitted by 29th February, 2008. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome of their submission in early March 2008. Final versions of papers which should be of 6,000 words should be submitted by 15th June, 2008. Papers should be in English and will be distributed in advance of the sessions in order to promote lively and engaged discussion at the conference.

Please send outline paper proposals to Dr Terry Phillips at phillim@hope.ac.uk or at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, L16 9JD, United Kingdom.


A selection of papers will be published in the journal Transtext(e)sTranscultures and a further selection in a discrete themed publication.


Hope Park, L16 9JD
United Kingdom