Globalized societies have seen decisive shifts toward economic and technological unification. Yet the space of cultural and symbolic practices remains an opaque, fragmented, heterogeneous one. As texts, ideas and theories circulate in different contexts, they are appropriated, used and understood in manifold ways. On the transnational market of cultural production, texts have no fixed value or meaning; they are caught up in the intricate problems of their symbolic materiality. As an important stake in the global knowledge economy, ideas are deployed by new rhetorical strategies of "achieving international excellence", "developing human capital" and "making knowledge competitive". While "high" (theoretical) and "low" (everyday) references are articulated in hybrid knowledge cultures, there is growing insight into the limits of pure ideas existing outside their social demarcations and hegemonic constellations. In consequence the transfer, transition and exchange of cultural products have become the object of investigation.
It is the objective of this conference to engage in critical reflections on the production and circulation of ideas. Conference participants are invited to address the theoretical and empirical dimensions of the global knowledge economy. The aim of transforma5 is to bring together different approaches (such as social constructivism, Marxism/critical theory, political economy, poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, feminism, ethnomethodology, cultural materialism…) and disciplines (such as intellectual history, critical theory, science studies, cultural studies, sociology of knowledge, cognitive theory, ethnography, education, philosophy…).
Conference contributions could focus on one of the following areas:
• Intellectuals de/re-territorialized
• Hegemonic representations, critical interrogations
• Reflexive representations of the totality
• Body, affect, emotions in theory
• Reading ambivalent texts in shifting contexts
• Exchange, transfer, contact of ideas between knowledge cultures
• The post-national governmentality of the knowledge society
• Doing theory in the academic institution
• Globalization, localization, glocalization in symbolic production
• Theory as discourse: subjectivity, agency, resistance
• Global flows, local resistances in the global space of communication
• The political economy of academic capitalism
• Representing cultural capital
We are looking forward to contributions that discuss theoretical, reflexive, political, practical, ideological and aesthetic aspects of moving (con)texts. We welcome proposals dealing with approaches to the global knowledge economy. The conference will bring together manifold perspectives (e.g. poststructuralist, Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, constructivist, system-theoretical perspectives) from various disciplines (sociology, cultural studies, international relations, history, philosophy, literature etc.).
Transforma intends to facilitate the interaction and exchange among young academics. Therefore, like in the preceding conferences, a special students’ forum will be offered with the aim of giving students the opportunity to present their own work in an informal setting. In the students’ forum there will be only papers of undergraduate and graduate students. They will be open to all participants of transforma 5. The students' forum will address the general conference topic but may have its own focal points. For further information please visit: http://www.transforma-reloaded.de
Conference languages: English and German. For your registration,
the submission of proposals, and for general information, please visit http://www.transforma-online.de.
The conference is organized by members of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FGSE) with special support from the Departments of Sociology and Political Science.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Anke Bartels).
Deadline for submission of paper or panel proposals (250 words): as soon as possible, but no later than March 31st, 2009. Competitive, refereed selection.
Accepted paper presenters are expected to provide a short version
(3 – 4 pages) of their papers as a web contribution by May 15th, 2009.
We are planning to publish a selection of contributions in the conference proceedings.
Please submit your registration and your paper or panel proposal by our web form.
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