Symposium – “Intercultural Studies for a Global Age: Principles, Methodology, Practice”

This symposium explores the ways in which we can remap and reorganize a transdisciplinary field of intercultural studies that would hopefully transcend the current ideological and political impasse of cultural studies while preserving and reorienting some of its valuable insights within a global reference frame. We shall address interrelated topics such as:curent concepts of culture operative in various academic and nonacademic fields\; current concepts of the local and the global, resulting in globalism, localism and “globaritarianism”\; multiculturalism, interculturalism and their policy implications in various parts of the world\; and disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity in contemporary academia. We shall then explore the main guiding principles of intercultural studies and practices and their cognitive and ethical implications within a local and a global reference frame. Such guiding principles and practices include, but are not limited to: intercultural and global (self-) awareness or attentiveness (rather than cultural critique)\; intercultural responsive understanding, communication, and cooperation\; intercultural resonance (rather than mimesis or imitation)\; intercultural comparative analysis, with nonreductive juxtapositions or engagements of various cultural horizons\; mutually enriching, dialogical modes of intercultural translation and interpretation\; nonviolent intercultural contact and learningexperiences at the liminal intersections of various cultures.We shall also explore the mutual feedback loops between intercultural studies, comparative literature, translation studies, and other relevant fields in the humanities, arts and social sciences\; and the development of new information and communication technological platforms for intercultural studies. Finally, we shall debate the institutional and the curricular frameworks within which the field of intercultural studies could effectively function in contemporary academia.The symposium is organized around six round tables facilitating informal discussions between invited participants and the audience of UGA professors and graduate students. Symposium Tentative ProgramThursday, April 124:00-6:00 PM. Intercultural Studies: Current State of the Field in North America and Overseas6:30-8:00 PM. Reception Friday, April 139:00-10:30AM. Guiding Principles, Methodologyand Practices of Intercultural Studies: Cognitive and Ethical Implications10:30-11:00AM Coffee Break11:00-12:30 PM. Intercultural Studies and Translation Studies1:00-2:30 PM Lunch Break3:00-4:30. Comparative Literature, World Literature, and Cultural and Intercultural Studies4:30-5:00 Coffee Break5:00-6:30 Innovative Information and Communication Technological Platforms for Intercultural Studies7:00 Dinner for Invited Participants Saturday, April 149:30- 11:00 AM. Intercultural Studies: Institutional and Curricular Frameworks

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12:00pm to 11:00am

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Office of Research, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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