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Crossroads in Cultural Studies
Birmingham, June 2000

************************************************************* CROSSROADS IN CULTURAL STUDIES Third International Conference June 21 - 25, 2000, Birmingham, U.K. ************************************************************* FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
After two very successful conferences in Tampere, Finland, Crossroads in Cultural Studies has moved to Birmingham. The first and second conferences attracted over 500 participants from all continents proving how important it is to meet each other in these 'virtual' times! We have much pleasure, therefore, in inviting you to the Third International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. The conference aims to be a meeting place for people within cultural studies to make contacts, exchange views and gain inspiration from each other on all topics that interest such a diverse international community. Thus, we encourage participation from different countries, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, and from a wide range of research interests. We are following the model for the last conference, by inviting you to propose and organise your own sessions. We found that this system produced more cohesive sessions and allowed more time for useful discussion. At this point we invite proposals from Session Organisers on topics of interest. Sessions would usually comprise five individual papers. We assume that concepts such as: * cultures of everyday life * social and cultural theory * media * difference and identity * globalisation and diaspora * power and knowledge * new technologies * the city * culture and economy * cultural policy will be tackled in the sessions and plenaries, but again it is up to you to make this a conference that will indicate where cultural studies is going next. I hope to see you all in Birmingham! Yours sincerely, Ann Gray Chair of the Organizing Committee SPEAKERS --------- In the first and second Crossroads conferences, the plenary speakers included Ien Ang, Barrie Axford, Catherine Belsey, Antony Easthope, Paul Gilroy, Jostein Gripsrud, Lawrence Grossberg, Joke Hermes, Patricia Hill Collins, Johan Fornas, Eeva Jokinen, Sonia Livingstone, George Ritzer, Steven Seidman, Soile Veijola, Philip Wexler, Paul Willis, and Handel K. Wright, and a great deal of key figures in the field of cultural studies gave their papers in the sessions. It is premature to announce what the names will be in 2000, but we will again do our best to introduce to you the current and most interesting people and themes. HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR OWN SESSION -------------------------------- If you would like to organize a session, just send us a title and an up to 150 words description of the theme (a session abstract), along with your complete contact information. Session proposals must be sent to us by September 30. Names of the sessions that are accepted by the conference organizer will be listed in the Invitation Programme published in November 1999. You may also want to look for others sharing your areas of interest in the Crossroads list. The acceptance of a session in the final programme is provisional until the session organizer has sent us the abstracts and registration forms of at least five participants, and made sure that they have paid their registration fees. In November, the session organizers will be sent a session organizer's manual to inform them about the details. ORGANIZERS ---------- Crossroads 2000 is organised by the Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, supported by a cross-disciplinary organizing committee. We are grateful to the the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Tampere, and Network Cultural Studies, who did such a good job in organizing the first two conferences and for sharing their experience and expertise with us. CONFERENCE TOWN AND VENUE -------------------------- At this stage we assume that the conference fee will be about 140 - 150. There will be an early bird registration. Detailed information on conference fee and associated conference costs, including accommodation, will be listed on the website in the coming months. INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET -------------------------- The Conference Home Page with several useful links to other websites: REGISTRATION OF INTEREST ------------------------ Those wishing to receive information on the Conference should register on-line. Your name and e-mail address will be retained and you will receive our Invitation Program which will be published in November 1999. Please complete the form and return it (preferably by e-mail) to: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Department of Cultural Studies & Sociology University of Birmingham Birmingham B15 2TT U.K. e-mail: -----------please remove all text above this line if possible-------------- Name: Organization: Postal address: City: Country: email: tel: fax: Please send me an Invitation Programme. Title of paper: I am willing to organize a session called (title of the session): Description of the session (of up to 150 words):