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From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:43:39 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.553 events: printing & urban culture;

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 553.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Steven Totosy <>                         (58)
        Subject: Comparative Cultural Studies; Mapping the World

  [2]   From:    Judith Deitch <>                         (26)
        Subject: Printing and Urban Culture CFP

        Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:09:18 +0800
        From: Steven Totosy <>
        Subject: Comparative Cultural Studies; Mapping the World

Note the two separate calls that follow

Call for papers: 

Abstracts of papers are invited for presentation at the 19th triennial
congress of the International Association of Comparative literature /
Association Internationale de Litterature Comparee held
at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, 15-21 August 2010. 

Session II Locating Culture in the Hypertextual Age: "Comparative Cultural
Studies and Interculturalism in the Age of the Digital Turn." 

Following the postulates of comparative cultural studies (Totosy de Zepetnek
1999-), acts and processes of production, distribution, reception, and
transference of cultural objects form the symbolic structure(s) of cultural
phenomena which, in turn, are with impact of social (and economic)
relevance. As all communicative acts, productions of art are made-up of and
between interrelations among processes and participants. In turn, concepts
in scholarship such as intertextuality, dialogics, comparative literature,
cultural studies, comparative cultural studies, etc., describe some of the
said processes taking place. In the age of digital media, the focus of
argumentation has shifted to the intermedial relations between various
productions of art and media as to their location of distribution, knowledge
transfer, and interactive modus operandi, and an important move has been the
acknowledgement that cultural performances and processes have a material
substratum dependent on their mediating formats. Within the discipline of
comparative cultural studies, as well as in other theoretical and applied
frameworks in the humanities and social sciences, intermediality and
multimodality represent innovative concepts and practices. 

Papers in the panel are about the principal query as to what their
differences would be and how they are related and focus on 1) the
theoretical study of the nature(s) of the "medium"; "modes" of communication
and their cultural significance and relevance; 2) case studies where art
forms, production, and processes are analyzed as metacognitive tools, that
is, as staging of interrelations we find in everyday life events; and 3) the
relationship between the emergence of intermedial formats and a growing
awareness of the importance and social relevance of interculturalism as a
concept and application.  

Please send abstracts in 200 words with a brief bioprofile by 15 March 2009
to Steven Totosy de Zepetnek (University of Halle-Wittenberg and National
Sun Yat-sen University) at and Asuncion Lopez-Varela
Azcarate (Complutense University Madrid) at

Call for papers: 

2009 International Conference at the Center for the Humanities and Social
Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University, "Mapping the World: Migration and
Border-crossing, 17-18 October 2009.

Migration is one of the most relevant phenomena of contemporary times and
thus a prominent topic of research in the humanities and the social sciences
in recent years. Migration is a result among other reasons of political
persecution, economical pressures, or the pursuit of opportunities. The
inquiry into aspects of migration is to study the history of human
experiences from a variety of perspectives such as ethnicity, race, nation,
and society. Topics of interest for the conference include migration and
cityscapes; border and border crossing; the politics of frontiers; cultural
assimilation and the politics of language; transformations of languages and
dialects; language and nationhood; representations of the (im)migrant in
literature and media; (im)migration and diaspora; travel and exploration;
maritime culture, literature, and the arts; and nationalism,
post-nationalism, and the (im)migrant. 

Abstracts of 200 words in English or Chinese with the author's bioprofile
are invited by 31 March 2009 to I-Chun Wang at

        Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 23:23:40 +0000
        From: Judith Deitch <>
        Subject: Printing and Urban Culture CFP
        In-Reply-To: <>

for a special session of the

Printing and Urban Culture in Early Modern Europe

How did the establishment of printers' shops and the books they 
produced impact European urban centers socially, economically, 
intellectually? How did the presence of the new technology, new 
commodity, new identities contribute to a redefinition of cities and 
towns? Papers might investigate individual urban locales or individual 
printers; they might consider the impact of printing and printed books 
on civic or religious communities; or the role of the market in 
schoolbooks, university texts, humanist classics or ecclesiastical 
printed works. Additional approaches could include looking into the 
cross-border trade of printed books; the transmission or transfer of 
knowledge between different social groups or identities; or the routing 
of texts, people and ideas. The purpose of this session is to examine 
the premise that, in the 15th and 16th centuries, print redrew the map 
of Europe with regard to urban culture, both within towns and cities 
and across the continent.

Please email a 150 word abstract and brief c.v. or personal statement 
to the organizer by May 1, 2009.

Dr. Judith Deitch
York University
Department of English
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Canada M3J 1P3

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