In 2014 we dedicate the 2nd number of the academic journal Meridian critic to the question of the border between East and West. Is there still such a thing in the age of globalization, hybridization and localization? What did it mean once and what has it become nowadays? From McLuhan’s concept of the “global village” in the 1960s to Berger’s phrase of “cultural globalization” in the beginning of the 21st century things have changed dramatically. Has the East-West polarity grown as unsubstantiated as the Great Divide? Indeed, in the post-postmodernist age the traditional dichotomy east-west has faded away, swallowed by the noisy gallop of McDonaldization. Yet, borders are never completely erased since broadening the global frame to include the East has had to take into account its previous definitions, perceptions, as well as the fears and prejudices it has always conjured. What about looking at things the other way round? Which are the Easterner’s suspicions and biases in regard to the so-called West?
We therefore invite authors to focus on the following topics or on any other related subject:
·The impact on our lives as well as on arts of splitting up the globe into the West, i.e. the civilized and historical societies, and the East, i.e. the primitive societies deprived of a proper history.
·Various formulations of the East/West divide and assessments of the East throughout history from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Cold War, Gulf War, and the 9/11 events.
·What are East and Eastern cultures (whether they be Turkish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and so on) and how are they rendered in literature and arts?
·What are West and Western cultures (whether they be European or North-American)? Which are the attitudes – political, theological, aesthetic, etc. - about the East and the West on both sides of the imaginary border?
·The terrorist hysteria and the renewal of the associated “clash of civilizations”.
·East Meets West: the flow of Western ideas into the East and of Eastern ideas into the West in music, fashion, etc. and representations of the Occident and of the Orient in fiction, film, etc.
·The love–hate relationship with the land of alterity, which is one of fascination and/or one of detestation.
·This Europe, That Europe: the artificial border between Western Europe and Eastern Europe before, during and after the Cold War.
·What is to be expected after the classic Orientalism (as founded by the paradigmatic work of Edward Said) and the ensuing dis-orientation of the West as triggered off by the 9/11 attack.
Deadline for submissions: July, 15, 2014. We welcome papers in English, German, French, and Romanian. Abstracts (c. 200 words) and full papers (up to c. 7,000 words), together with a brief biographical sketch (c. 400 words), are to be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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