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Cultures in Motion: The Africa Connection
Knoxville, TN, February 2003


 Cultures in Motion: The Africa Connection

 International and Interdisciplinary Conference

 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Feb. 6-9, 2003

 During the spring semester 2003, the University of Tennessee will engage
 in a multitude of Africa related activities and events that range from
 an African Art Exhibit and scholar residencies on campus to a host of
 outreach and cultural events, including the North-American premiere of
 Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's play "Oyedipo at Kolhuni," a modern
 adaptation of Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus." Performance dates are
 Feb. 7-22, 2003, and conference participants will have the opportunity
 to reserve tickets for the premiere on Friday, Feb. 7, or the
 performance on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003.

 The overall theme for the Africa-Semester at the University of Tennessee
 is "At Home in Africa - Africa at Home: Celebrating African Art,
 Literature and Performance, " and it is one of our goals to focus on the
 interrelatedness of African and non-African cultures world-wide and over

 As part of the Africa Semester at the University of Tennessee, we will
 hold an interdisciplinary and international conference entitled
 "Cultures in Motion: The Africa Connection."

 During the conference we plan to focus on:

 * How Africans and African elements have influenced the cultural
 production in the Diaspora world-wide,

 * How African musicians, writers, performers, and artists reflect
 non-African (cultural) influences in their works,

 * How processes of cultural contact and influence are perceived and
 interpreted: as an enrichment or as a development that will ultimately
 lead to the erosion of unique and distinct cultural traditions.

 We invite proposals for papers that explore these themes in their
 historical and/or contemporaneous contexts from all areas in the
 Humanities and Social Sciences, and we especially welcome
 interdisciplinary and non-traditional approaches.

 Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 * Interacting to Understand / Understanding to Interact
 * Cultural Memories - Memorized Cultures
 * Ethnicity, Tribalism and Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization
 * Politics of (Self)Representation in Print, the Media, and on the
 * Historicizing Gender and Race
 * A Closer Look at the 'Contact Zone'
 * (Re)Defining Cultural Interconnectedness
 * Dealing with 'Otherness' in Travel Accounts and Ethnographic Sketches
 * Analyzing Collections (e.g. Postcards, Souvenirs, Sound Recordings,
 Photographs, Art and Artifacts ...)
 * (Un)Intended Colonial Legacies
 * Forced and Voluntary Migrations and Contacts
 * Visualizing 'Cultures in Motion'

 Deadline for Proposals: Sept. 15, 2002

 Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words for a presentation of
 approximately 20 minutes and a short biographical sketch to each of the
 conference organizers listed below. Submissions via e-mail are
 preferred! Please do not forget to include your telephone number, fax
 number, and email address. You should also let us know of any necessary
 audio-visual needs.

 Carolyn R. Hodges
 (865) 974-2312

 Stefanie Ohnesorg
 +1-(865) 974-7098

 Mailing address:
 Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
 University of Tennessee
 701 McClung Tower
 Knoxville, TN 37996-0470, U.S.A.

 A panel of scholars from various fields will select papers after the
 closing date and notify presenters by October 5, 2002. A selection of
 papers will be published in a monograph.