Department of Music

The Intercultural Narrative
Lancaster, December 2003


  IALIC
  4TH Annual Conference
  Lancaster University, UK
  The Intercultural Narrative
  14th-16th December 2003

  CALL FOR PAPERS


  We warmly invite you to submit a proposal for the 4th IALIC conference.  
The conference, which has as its main theme The Intercultural Narrative,
proposes to investigate the various forms of this emerging genre, its
theoretical foundations and its sociopolitical implications.  In the
context of the conference, narrative may be interpreted in the widest
sense as encompassing art, film, music, photography, literature and
documentary as well as the various media through which it is expressed.  
We understand its object to be that of capturing the state of being
"between cultures"  as a consequence of physical or psychological
displacement, a principle which may be reflected in the content and
structure of the narrative and in the combination of media employed.  It
raises questions of identity: how identity is constructed through
narrative, whether the ideal of coherence is attainable -- and also the
ethical implications of attempting to "narrate the other", at the level of
the individual or, between communities, through ethnographic study.  It
also raises questions of genre.  What generic forms does the intercultural
narrative take and how do its different discourses interact? Finally, it
will consider the processes of articulation between intercultural
narratives and their social contexts.  The conference is interdisciplinary
and is intended to appeal to researchers in the Arts and Humanities as
much as to historians, social scientists and cultural theoreticians.  It
is being organised jointly by the International Association for Languages
and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) and the Institute for Advanced
Studies (IAS) at Lancaster University with sponsorship from The British
Academy, the Institut Français and the Goethe Institut.  The conference
will include an independent forum to which contributions are also invited,
on the pedagogical implications of intercultural study within Higher
Education.  This will be co-ordinated by the UK Subject Centre for
Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (see LTSN home page).

  Keynote Speakers: David Bellos, Princeton University, Carolyn Cooper,
University of the West Indies, Günther Kress, London Institute of
Education, Crispin Thurlow, Washington State University.

 Keynote Interlocutors in a special debate on the roles and
responsibilities of the "intercultural author": Ismail Kadare (The File on
H., Albanian Spring ...) and Herta Müller (Herztier/The Land of Green
Plums ...).

  FULL INFORMATION ON EVERY ASPECT OF THE CONFERENCE - INCLUDING FORMS FOR
PROPOSALS - IS AVAILABLE ON THE IALIC WEBSITE: www.ialic.org.  IF YOU HAVE
ANY PERSONAL QUERIES OF ANY KIND PLEASE E-MAIL ialic@conference.org AND WE
SHALL RESPOND WITHOUT DELAY.


  Robert Crawshaw for the Conference Organising Committee
  Department of European Languages and Cultures (DELC)
  Lancaster University
  LANCS UK LA1 4YN
  Tel. +44 (0)1524 592663
  r.crawshaw@lancs.ac.uk