CfP: Cultures of Post-1989 Central and East Europe, 21-24.8.2002, Targu-Mures
- The Cultures of Post-1989 Central and East Europe, an international
conference, will take place in Targu-Mures, Romania, 21-24 August 2003.
The conference is hosted by the Gheorghe Sincai Research Institute of
the Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy of
Sciences (Targu Mures) and Petru Maior University (Targu Mures).
Abstracts of 200 words in English, German, or French with a biographical
detail of 200 words are invited in the following areas of post-1989
Central and East Europen culture, whereby comparative papers are
preferred: Culture in general and including literature, the arts, film,
music, etc.; Comparative media studies (aspects of television, radio,
film, journalism, etc.); The politics of culture and cultural policy;
The histories of post-1989 Central and East Europe; Cultural traditions
and European integration; Intersections of society and socialization;
Globalization, economics, and culture; Aspects of minorities, the
marginal, and marginalization. Further topics and proposals of thematic
panels are also welcome. The deadline of abstracts is 31 March 2003.
The abstracts are invited to the conference conveners Carmen Andras at
prognoze@... or carmen_andras@... and Steven
Totosy totosy@...-halle.de or clcweb@... . The theme
of the conference is contemporary Central and East European culture
after the 1989-90 demise of the Soviet colonial period. A debated
notion, Central and East Europe is defined here as a geographical region
stretching from Austria and the former East Germany (incl.
Mitteldeutschland) to Romania and Bulgaria, the Baltic countries, Serbia
and the Ukraine, etc., including the Habsburg lands and German influence
and their spheres of interest at various times including now. Since the
events of 1989-90 and the demise of the Soviet empire, the cultures of
Central and East Europe have engaged in a restructuring of their
political, economic, social, and cultural environments and societies.
While this reshaping of the region is still on-going, there is a new
Central and East Europe in place now, politically, socially,
economically, and culturally. The objectives of the conference include
explorations into aspects of the social and cultural situation of the
new Central and East Europe by scholars working in the region: based on
the notion of scholarship with perspectives from the "outside" versus
the "inside," the conference is with focus on the work of scholars whose
institutional affiliation is in Central and East Europe (further
conferences are planned to combine perspectives from the "inside" and
from the "outside," however). The conference at Targu Mures is a
continuation of previous gatherings such as the international conference
Central European Culture Today, organized by Steven Totosy and hosted by
the Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies (U of
Alberta, Canada, 1999) and the symposia "Comparative Culture and
Hungarian Studies" at the 24th Annual Conference of the American
Hungarian Educator's Association (John Carroll U, USA, 1999) and
"Comparative Cultural Studies and Post-1989 Central European Culture" of
the Hungarian Discussion Group at the annual convention of the Modern
Language Association of America (Washington, D.C., USA, 2000), organized
by Steven Totosy. Selected papers from these conferences are published
in Comparative Central European Culture, Ed. Steven Totosy de Zepetnek,
in volume one in the Purdue series of Books in Comparative Cultural
Studies http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm . West
Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2002 (see at
http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html ). Similarly,
selected papers of the conference at Targu-Mures are planned to be
published in the Purdue series of Books in Comparative Cultural Studies.
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