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2017 International Conference on Cross-Cultural Studies: Intercultural Adaptation, Globalization, and Risk

Conference dates: October 6-7 (Fri.-Sat.), 2017 Venue: Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan

《Call for Papers》New Deadline: February 1, 2017
2017 International Conference on Cross-Cultural Studies: Intercultural Adaptation, Globalization, and Risk

Joint Conference of Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) and the University of Bayreuth (Germany)

Organizers (in alphabetical order):
College of Foreign Languages, Fu Jen Catholic University
Department of English and American Studies, University of Bayreuth
Department of English Language and Literature, Fu Jen Catholic University
Graduate Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, Fu Jen Catholic University

Conference Scope: Literature, Language, Translation, Cultural Studies

Intercultural adaptation, globalization, and risk are three interrelated concepts, each complicating the other two and engaging vital issues in our society and world. Globalization has increased the possibilities and forms of intercultural adaptation and kinds of risk, even as the concept of risk has shifted from the rational management of outcomes toward a preoccupation with uncontrollable hazards and threats, from socio-economic fields toward those of culture and environment. In an increasingly globalized world where technology and economic development (or exploitation) asymmetrically connect different nations, intercultural adaptation and risk emerge and often overlap in contact zones that themselves proliferate ever more numerously in both physical and virtual spaces, in both material and abstract ways. As such, intercultural adaptation, itself a form of risk, opens opportunities for dialogue among “clashing cultural perceptions” that would otherwise remain “mutually exclusive certainties” (Ulrich Beck, World at Risk 12). Meanwhile, the representation of risk can involve transmediation (or remediation)—for example, from novel to film, from computer game to film, from graphic novel to television series, etc.—as it addresses “[t]he meanings of proximity, reciprocity, dignity, justice and trust” transformed by risk realities (Beck, World at Risk 188).

This conference seeks papers that engage with any of these key concepts: intercultural adaptation, globalization, risk, and/or intersections among them. How does the experience of risk serve to refashion cultural and linguistic boundaries? How, reciprocally, do border-crossing and intercultural adaptation shape the experience of risk and/or globalization? What kinds of risks are associated with political, economic, and cultural contact zones? Moreover, what is the line between cultural appropriation and respectful use, and how might these concerns involve risk? We are particularly interested in exploring how the transmission of narratives and tropes across media and/or cultural and linguistic boundaries has responded to, or impacted, the experience of risk on a global scale; and how the logic of risk and/or globalization is reflected in the forms of narrative, film, and graphic texts at different historical moments. Topics may include (but are by no means limited to):

--Intercultural adaptation in literature, theater, film, visual art, architecture, as well as linguistic usages
--Intercultural application of theory
--Literary modes and devices that foster or contain intercultural adaptation, e.g., allusion, allegory, typology, parody
--Intercultural communication via telecommunication
--Risk and global connectivity in culture
--Narratives of risk, trauma, and cultural memory
--Time-space of risk and contact zone in culture
--Migration and subjectivity at risk (nomad, refugee, homo sacer)
--Risk society, intercultural communication, and/or global flows

Proposals for complete panels are welcome. Conference language is English (except for complete panels in Chinese). Interested scholars are invited to submit a 500-word abstract (including keywords) as well as a brief CV to the following address: fjuengtw@gmail.com. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Joseph C. Murphy, Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature, Fu Jen Catholic University, at fjuengtw@gmail.com.

Abstract submission deadline: January 25, 2017 (extended to February 1)
Abstract acceptance notification: February 25, 2017
Full paper submission deadline: September 3, 2017
Conference dates: October 6-7 (Fri.-Sat.), 2017


2017 International Conference on Cross-Cultural Studies
Intercultural Adaptation, Globalization, and Risk




跨文化改寫、全球化與風險這三個概念在當今社會彼此習習相關、影響深遠。隨著科技發展日新月異,經濟擴充無遠弗屆,全球化風潮既增進跨文化改寫的形式與可能,也造成更多種風險。同時,風險原本專指理性控管風險,現在則泛指無法控制的危機;原本限於社會經濟範疇,現也延燒至文化與環境等領域,形成文化意義與全球化議題。當全球化勢力連接不同國家與文化,階級差異的權力作用使得「接觸地帶」上跨文化改寫、風險現象和文本不斷衍生、交錯與重疊。一如Ulrich Beck指出,跨文化改寫雖隱含風險,卻也在原本「壁壘分明」或對立的文化觀點中,開放出彼此對話與折衝的契機 (World at Risk 12)。此外,文學、語言、翻譯與文化文本往往跨越與轉換媒介──由小說改為電影、電玩演成電影、或將漫畫轉採電視影集形式,以處理風險如何改變「臨近、相互、尊嚴、正義與信任」的議題(World at Risk 188)。



--風險社會、跨文化溝通 、全球流動等

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研討會投稿等事宜詢問,請洽輔仁大學英國語文學系系主任 Dr. Joseph C. Murphy (信箱:fjuengtw@gmail.com.)。

論文全文繳交截止日期:2017年9月3 日
會議日期: 2017年10月6-7日
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