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Crossroaads in Cultural Studies
Tampere, June-July 1998


************************************************************* CROSSROADS IN CULTURAL STUDIES Second International Conference June 28 - July 1, 1998, Tampere, Finland ************************************************************* FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
In the midst of all virtual communities and realities with abstract bodyless persons, we still need to meet each other in flesh and blood. The great success of the first Crossroads conference in 1996, with over 500 participants from all continents, proved that a meeting point like that is greatly needed in international cultural studies. Let us therefore invite you to the Second International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference! The special theme of the conference will be borders and border-crossings, but we also provide an open forum for all topics that interest the diverse international cultural studies community; to make contacts, exchange views and gain inspiration from each other. This time there will be more parallel sessions, which allows a little more time for discussion in the sessions. We encourage international participation from different countries, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, and from a wide range of research areas. We assume that concepts such as * gender * power and knowledge * ethnicity * traditions today * identity * nation-states * body * globalization * otherness * culture and economy * age * centre and periphery * media * new information technology will be tackled in the sessions and plenaries, but again it is up to you to make this a conference that will show where cultural studies is going next. To make sure you'll receive the registration form well on time in November, you may just fill in the reply form (attached), perhaps along with a preliminary paper title, but better still, we hope you will subscribe to the crossroads MAILING list, where you can find other people interested in the same topic and maybe organize a session for yourselves! Or if you already know others who share your interests, you may just volunteer to organize a session. I hope to see you all in Tampere! Yours sincerely, Pertti Alasuutari Chair of the Organizing Committee SPEAKERS -------- In the first Crossroads conference, the plenary speakers included Ien Ang, Antony Easthope, Jostein Gripsrud, Lawrence Grossberg, Joke Hermes, Eeva Jokinen, Sonia Livingstone, George Ritzer, 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 1998, but we will again do our best to introduce to you the current and most interesting people and themes. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CROSSROADS LIST? ---------------------------------------- To subscribe, e-mail the following message to subscribe crossroads "firstname" "lastname" (Please note that the line above must be the very first line of your message) 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 1997. 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 ---------- Like the first time, the conference is organized by the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Tampere, and Network Cultural Studies, supported by a cross- disciplinary organizing committee. However, after 1998 we will be happy to send the crossroads conference "on the road". CONFERENCE TOWN AND VENUE -------------------------- Located between two large lakes, Tampere is a beautiful city situated 180 kilometres north of Finland's capital, Helsinki. Tampere, with its 190 000 inhabitants, is home to two universities as well as various branches of industry. In fact, the city is renowned for its wide variety of educational institutions such as the University of Tampere, the University of Technology, the University Hospital and the Technical Research Center of Finland, as well as its versatile cultural services, sports facilities and other attractions for visitors. The conference will be held at Tampere Hall, which is located in the city centre. It is a modern conference centre with state-of-the-art facilities. Participants will be accommodated in a wide range of hotels within walking distance of the conference venue. At this stage we assume that the conference fee including lunches and refreshments daily will be about FIM 1000-1200 (approx. $ 200-240) and hotel accommodation FIM 260-550 (approx. $ 52-110) per person in a single room, FIM 148-335 (approx. $ 30-67) per person in a double room (breakfast included). INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET The Conference Home Page with several useful links to other websites: -----------please remove all text above this line if possible-------------- To receive the Invitation Program, please complete the following form and return it (preferably by email) to: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Tampere Conference Service P.O. Box 32 (Pyhäjärvenkatu 1 A) 33201 Tampere Finland tel: +358-3-3664400 fax: +358-3-2226440 e-mail: Name: Organization: Postal address: City: Country: email: tel: fax: Title of paper: I am willing to organize a session called (title of the session): Description of the session (of up to 150 words): If you would like to receive a provisional letter of acceptance to help you to get a travel grant from your institution, tick here: PRE & POST CONGRESS TOURS Spend some extra days in Finland and enjoy the possibilities your host country can offer. Or why not visit one of the neighbouring countries. Pre and post conference tours need=20 a minimum number of participants. For planning purposes,=20 please tick if you are interested in any of the tours. I am interested in a pre- or post conference tour to: ( ) Lapland (artic northern Finland) ( ) Cruise to Stockholm, Sweden ( ) Tallinn, Estonia ( ) St. Petersburg, Russia