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Culture and the State: Past, Present, and Future
Edmonton, May 2003


Culture and the State: Past, Present, and Future
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
May 2-5, 2003

Call for Papers:


In 1989 some proclaimed the imminent universal triumph of a particular
state form -- the modern liberal state. Since then, others proclaim the
imminent demise of the modern nation state under advancing globalization.
Yet modern states continue to be formed -- from the former Yugoslavia to
the new East Timor.

One thing is clear in these developments. Despite the global promotion of
science and commerce, culture in various forms had and has a major if not
central role in state formation, from ancient times to the present.

The Edmonton Conference on "Culture and the State: Past, present, and
Future" will address all these issues, and more. Organized around a set of
flexible themes, the conference will consider the role of culture
variously defined -- high and low, elite and popular, local and global,
historical and contemporary -- in the creation, maintenance,
transformation, and demise of states.

A broad range of themes will be addressed, including culture and commerce;
the state and cultures of sexuality; indigenous and industrialized
cultures; science and culture and cultures of science; culture and social
difference; culture and immigration and integration; the relations of
different cultural forms; culture and modernization, post-modern cultures
and post-modern states, and so on. Conference papers will be published.

The conference organizers invite proposals, panels, and presentations on
these or any other aspect of the relation of culture and the state, from
antiquity to the present.

The conference organizers especially encourage presentations in forms
other than read papers, though these too are welcome.

Proposals should be addressed to the conference co-ordinators, or to
particular theme co-ordinators. The deadline for general submissions is
February 1, 2003, but early submissions are encouraged. Also, please note
that individual themes have earlier deadlines and submissions falling
under a theme category should be sent the the theme co-ordinator.

Conference co-ordinators:

James Gifford and Gabrielle Zezulka-Mailloux
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5

gifford@ualberta.ca

Conference chair:

Gary Kelly
Canada Research Chair
Department of English, University of Alberta

Theme co-ordinators:
[continually updated, not necessarily on this page]

Immigrant/Emigrant Experience and German Culture
Sabine Sievern
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
ssievern@ualberta.ca

Psychoanalysis, Culture and the State
Tram Nguyen
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
tramn@ualberta.ca

State Technology - Technology and Culture
Maximiliaan van Woudenberg
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
mfv@ualberta.ca

Labour Culture, Union Culture, & the Culture of Resistance
John Ames
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
ames@ualberta.ca

Culture and the Welsh State
Huw Osborne
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
hosborne@cogeco.ca

The Social Landscape: Arts, Architecture, & Community
James Gifford
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
gifford@ualberta.ca

State, Culture, Ecology
Gabrielle Zezulka-Mailloux
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6G 2E5
gez@ualberta.ca

The conference is funded by the Canada Research Chairs programme.