The Dialogue between Eastern Europe and the US via the Internet
Panel proposal on behalf of the Romanian Studies Association of America as part of the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association,
San Francisco, Dec. 27-30, 2008.
This panel aims to explore the changes that occur in the fashioning of diasporic identities in today’s global world, with reference to the concrete case of Romanian and, more generally, Eastern European websites, blogs and other forms of Internet culture that facilitate various forms of cultural dialogue with the United States. As the world is shrinking under the impact of recent developments in transport and communication, diasporic cultures are no longer cut off from the countries of origin, but in conversation with them, as identities become nomadic, characterized, as Rosi Braidotti puts it, by a new emphasis on the process of becoming rather than the state: “The point is not to know who we are but rather what, at last, we want to become” (Rosi Braidotti: Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming, Cambridge: Polity, 2002, p. 2). As shown by seminal theories on Internet culture such as the ones proposed by George Landow and Manuel Castells, the virtual space of the Internet offers possibilities of reflecting on this perpetual process of becoming which Braidotti describes as characteristic of the new global age.
Please submit electronic 200-word abstracts and short (100-word) bios to Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (email@example.com) by Mar. 10, 2008.
Dr Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru
Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Bucharest
Str Pitar Mos 7-13,
Bucharest 1, 010451
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