Department of Children English Education, National Taipei University of Education

    [Call for Papers] 2017 International Conference on Cross-Cultural Studies

    Call for Papers
    2017 International Conference on Cross-Cultural Studies
    Intercultural Adaptation, Globalization, and Risk
    Joint Conference of Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) and the University of Bayreuth (Germany)
    Date: October 6-7, 2017
    Venue: Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan
    Organizers (in alphabetical order): 
    College of Foreign Languages, Fu Jen Catholic University 
    Department of English and American Studies, University of Bayreuth 
    Department of English Language and Literature, Fu Jen Catholic University 
    Graduate Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, Fu Jen Catholic University 

    Conference Scope: Literature, Language, Translation, Cultural Studies
    Intercultural adaptation, globalization, and risk are three interrelated concepts, each complicating the other two and engaging vital issues in our society and world. Globalization has increased the possibilities and forms of intercultural adaptation and kinds of risk, even as the concept of risk has shifted from the rational management of outcomes toward a preoccupation with uncontrollable hazards and threats, from socio-economic fields toward those of culture and environment. In an increasingly globalized world where technology and economic development (or exploitation) asymmetrically connect different nations, intercultural adaptation and risk emerge and often overlap in contact zones that themselves proliferate ever more numerously in both physical and virtual spaces, in both material and abstract ways. As such, intercultural adaptation, itself a form of risk, opens opportunities for dialogue among “clashing cultural perceptions” that would otherwise remain “mutually exclusive certainties” (Ulrich Beck, World at Risk 12). Meanwhile, the representation of risk can involve transmediation (or remediation)—for example, from novel to film, from computer game to film, from graphic novel to television series, etc.—as it addresses “[t]he meanings of proximity, reciprocity, dignity, justice and trust” transformed by risk realities (Beck, World at Risk 188).
    This conference seeks papers that engage with any of these key concepts: intercultural adaptation, globalization, risk, and/or intersections among them. How does the experience of risk serve to refashion cultural and linguistic boundaries? How, reciprocally, do border-crossing and intercultural adaptation shape the experience of risk and/or globalization? What kinds of risks are associated with political, economic, and cultural contact zones? Moreover, what is the line between cultural appropriation and respectful use, and how might these concerns involve risk? We are particularly interested in exploring how the transmission of narratives and tropes across media and/or cultural and linguistic boundaries has responded to, or impacted, the experience of risk on a global scale; and how the logic of risk and/or globalization is reflected in the forms of narrative, film, and graphic texts at different historical moments. Topics may include (but are by no means limited to):
    --Intercultural adaptation in literature, theatre, film, visual art, architecture, as well as linguistic usages 
    --Intercultural application of theory
    --Literary modes and devices that foster or contain intercultural adaptation, e.g., allusion, allegory, typology, parody
    --Intercultural communication via telecommunication 
    --Risk and global connectivity in culture
    --Narratives of risk, trauma, and cultural memory
    --Time-space of risk and contact zone in culture
    --Migration and subjectivity at risk (nomad, refugee, homo sacer)  
    --Risk society, intercultural communication, and/or global flows

    Proposals for complete panels are welcomeConference language is English (except for complete panels in Chinese). Interested scholars are invited to submit a 500-word abstract (including keywords) as well as a brief CV to the following address: fjuengtw@gmail.comInquiries can be sent to Dr. Joseph C. Murphy, Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature, Fu Jen Catholic University, at
    Important Dates:
    — Abstract submission deadline: January 25, 2017
    — Abstract acceptance notification: February 25, 2017
    — Full paper submission deadline: September 3, 2017
    — Conference dates: October 6-7 (Fri.-Sat.), 2017
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