Thursday, January 24, 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts March 29-31 Colloquium "New
Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange"
by Eva Kuras

*“New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange”*


*** PLEASE NOTE:* We are well-funded and are happy to contribute to
transporation and accommodation costs.

We invite abstract submissions for a colloquium to be held at the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

*Date and Time:* March 29-31, 2019 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

*Venue:* Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801

*Keynote Speakers: *

Gabriela Currie, University of Minnesota (Music)

           Instrumental Journeys in Premodern Eurasia

Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma (English)

            Aspects of the Culture of Modernism: The Discipline of
Economics and the Rise

            of Corporate Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth Century

The colloquium is the culmination of a year-long interdisciplinary
faculty-graduate student research cluster sponsored by IPRH: the Illinois
Program for Research in the Humanities. Participants in “Transmission,
Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange” have been exploring
the problematics and methodologies of researching cultural contact and
exchange across time and space and at multiple scales. The colloquium is
intended to foster spirited conversation among graduate students and faculty
who can bring their current research projects, share and receive feedback
from participants and faculty respondents across a variety of fields.

We are interested in 20-minute presentations that address key questions: How
can we define “cultural contact and exchange?” What forces are at work in
the transmission and reception of “cultural artifacts”? How have
geopolitics and economics influenced the movement of stories, music, sports,
and myriad other forms of cultural production over time? How do the
conflicting influences of nationalism, global networks, and changing
technologies act to impede and/or facilitate cultural exchange? What kinds of
institutions (formal and informal) have had the most impact in fostering
cultural exchange? What kinds of evidence can we use to prove that cultural
transmission has occurred?

We especially encourage abstracts from scholars working on cultural contact
and exchange in premodern eras, as well as non-humanities fields.


 * Cultural contact and exchange via text, orality, music, dance, art, sport,
   digital media, and beyond
 * Geopolitics and the economics of cultural exchange
 * Historical perspectives on dynamics of cultural exchange
 * Legal perspectives (copyright, ownership of cultural artifacts, etc.)
 * Media of transmission
 * Memory and myth-making
 * Regional and global networks of cultural transmission
 * Technological modes (textual, material, digital, oral, etc.) of cultural
 * Translation, migration, and/or nationalism in cultural contact and

The colloquium will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be
provided and the organizers will assist in finding affordable lodging for
out-of-town presenters. Please submit a 300-word abstract by January 27, 2018
to [1] .

*Questions?* Contact Eva Kuras or JiHyea Hwang at [2]

Organizing Committee:

Professor Robert Markley (English)

Professor Carol Symes (History)

Professor Robert Tierney (Comparative and World Literature, East Asian
Languages and Cultures)

JiHyea Hwang (PhD Candidate, Comparative and World Literature)

Eva Kuras (PhD Student, Comparative and World Literature)

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