The 15th Triennial ACLALS Conference: Strokes Across Culture

Venue: Nicosia

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus

Event Date/Time: Jun 06, 2010 End Date/Time: Jun 11, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2009
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"Strokes Across Cultures": The 15th Triennial ACLALS Conference
Nicosia, Cyprus - 6-11 June 2010
The title "Strokes Across Cultures" invites differing interpretations of the languages, literatures and other cultural texts through which the legacy of the Commonwealth might be critically interrogated through disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary dialogues. The questions raised may include: What is the contribution of the Commonwealth to the World or the World to the Commonwealth and how has it changed over time and under the impact of globalization? How have circumstances of coercion, violence, imposition, or of affective intensity shaped our cultures in moments of encounter and reciprocal exchange? Is there a community in our (un)commonality or has the term Commonwealth outlived its usefulness?
Possible trajectories of exploration:
• The commonwealth as figure of discourse; cultural articulations of the common/uncommon; ethics and politics of (un)commonwealth thought.
• Conflict, counterpoint, coexistence and collusion in commonwealth literatures and languages (englishes and vernacular languages).
• (Un)translatability of languages and cultures in geopolitics and geopoetics
• Cross-cultural depictions of specific political, regional, cultural, linguistic conflicts.
• Formation of new communities across cultures, circulation and counter-circulation of capital, investments, media, cultures of resistance.
• Re-imagined communities through the twin lenses of oppression and desire.
• Transgressive sexualities / shifting sexual borders.
• Motherlands, Stepmotherlands, Otherlands and Oedipal desire as passage.
• The colonial moment as trauma and the post-colonial as both perpetuation and attempted recovery.
• The 'shock of the new', aesthetics and violence, formal experimentation and its political implications.
Abstracts of 300 words for papers of 20 minutes duration, and of 400 words for three-paper panels (with panelists’ names) which engage with these issues, along with a short bio of 100 words should be submitted to: by 31 August 2009.
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