Cultural imperialism is one of the most fundamental and pressing problems in contemporary ordinary and disciplinary life. To initiate an international forum on how discourse research can help enhance cultural cohesion and common progress, we are organising an international conference at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) between 9th and 13th of October, 2004. Through this forum, we hope to bring together scholars in language and communication, cultural studies, literary criticism, anthropology, education, sociology, psychology and other social disciplines and from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. In particular, we invite scholars to take up philosophical, theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives on discourse studies, all with a view to undermining discourses of cultural discrimination, repression and exclusion on the one hand and advocating subversive, alternative and creative discourses in favour of cultural solidarity on the other hand.
Topics include (but are not confined to):
The relationship between discourse and culture
Cross-fertilisation between cultural studies and discourse studies
Postcolonialism, diasporicism and discourse theory
Cultural imperialism in language/communication/discourse scholarship
The international position of non-western scholarship in language/communication/discourse
The study of non-western discourses
Intercultural communication and critical pedagogy
Discourse studies in China
Please submit a full A4 page abstract of ca 300 words, indicating:
the central topic and thesis
the type of text and talk as research material
The selection process will match these contents against the proposed themes of the conference.
Currently, the following panels are being planned and more participants invited:
Travelling with Media": On the genres of travel discourses before and after globalization (Anthony Gunerathne: email@example.com)
Research on Professional Discourse and Intercultural Communication: New Directions, New Challenges (Zhu Yunxia & Kerry London: firstname.lastname@example.org )
What (post)communism? Discourse and transformations in Eastern Europe and China (Darek Galasinski: email@example.com)
(Mis)representing the West: muslim perspectives post 9/11 (Adrian Hare: firstname.lastname@example.org)
All abstracts should be received by 30 April 2004. You will receive notification of the acceptance of your proposal by 31 May 2004.
We seek to publish a selection of the papers with an international publisher.
For further information and submission please see our website.
'Discourse and Cultural Transformation' Conference
School of International Studies
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, CHINA
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