Conference: Us and Them – Them and Us: Constructions of the Other in Cultural Stereotypes – Perceptions, Challenges, Meanings, 6-8.05.2009, Szczecin University, Poland.
The conference seeks to examine the constructedness of stereotypes from the angles of many disciplines and will put its focus on cultural relations between Europe and anglophone cultures and on patterns of preconception within the anglophone world. Language, literature and the arts are major construction sites of stereotypes and cultural identities as are children`s and classroom books. Translation activities may be considered an original border country of cultural encounters and so are (inter) cultural studies. While media tend by their very nature to foster stereotypes, recent intercultural teaching strategies in the foreign English language classroom strive for the opposite.
The English Philology Department of Szczecin University is pleased to announce a conference on the issues of identity, stereotypes and linguistic rights. Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain the organizer conclude that the city of Szczecin, at the crossroads of important European transit routes and located in a sensitive cultural border zone, seems to be an ideal site for this conference. Under the rule of Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Prussia, Germany and France, the city has always adjusted well to its inhabitants and their ways of life. Szczecin therefore is ready to bring together East and West and North and South!
Deadline submission: 15 December 2008
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