[csaa-forum] Call for Papers: "Fearful Futures: Cultural Studies and the Question of Agency in the Twenty-First Century"
baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
Mon Dec 11 10:23:07 ACST 2017
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2018
Hosted by the International Academic Forum in conjunction with Osaka University (Japan), Lehigh University, (USA) and the University of Barcelona (Spain).
1-3 June 2018
Theme: "Fearful Futures: Cultural Studies and the Question of Agency in the Twenty-First Century"
Keynotes and confirmed speakers:
Professor Vinay Lal, UCLA (Speaking on: "The Challenge of the Global South")
Professor John Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Hong Kong Baptist University
Professor Donald Hall, Lehigh University
Professor Susan Ballyn, University of Barcelona
Professor Baden Offord, Curtin University
We have reached a moment in international history that is one of potential paradigm shift. It is a moment when a problematic, but at least blandly progressivist, pro-multiculturalist movement toward “cosmopolitanism” (as Kwame Anthony Appiah might use the term) is being threatened by a far more destructive and potentially genocidal ethno-nationalism, the ferocity of which is fuelled by economic disparity, religious intolerance and retrograde ideologies regarding gender, race and sexuality. The possible global futures we face are fearful, indeed.
In this context, cultural studies has a unique role to play in tracing the genealogy of the present moment and charting different paths forward. As never before, cultural studies is called to return to its activist roots, to diagnose the ideologies driving hatred and intolerance, and to posit different models of social engagement and organization. Looking to the past, what do we learn about the challenges of today? How does culture replicate itself (or critically engage itself) in the classroom, in literature, in social media, in film, in the visual and theatrical arts, in the family and among peer groups? How do we rise to the challenge of articulating a notion of human rights that also respects cultural difference? How do cultural representations of the environment abet or challenge the forces driving climate change? What are the roles and responsibilities of the individual activist as teacher, writer, social scientist and community member?
This international and interdisciplinary conference will bring together a range of academics, independent researchers, artists and activists to explore the challenges that we face in the twenty-first century. While we have every right to fear the future, we also have agency in creating that future. Can we commit to a cosmopolitanism that celebrates difference and that challenges social inequity? On our ability to answer to that question affirmatively likely hangs our very survival.
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2018 (ACCS2018) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2018. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other. CSAA Members receive a 30% discount. When registering, use code: CSAA30
Professor Baden Offord
Director | Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education
Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights
Centre for Human Rights Education | Faculty of Humanities
T: | +61 8 9266 7186
E: | baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
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