Stadt: Berlin

Frist: 2014-09-12

Beginn: 2015-03-16

Ende: 2015-03-19


Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities; cities that are growing each year by approximately 70 million inhabitants, i.e., 1.4 million a week. The conference aims to contribute to the understanding of urban societies as sites of cultural change that is not always peaceful and orderly, but instead often violent and destructive. Focusing on language, literature and questions of society and governance, the conference attempts to elucidate the constantly shifting formations of cultural, linguistic, and societal identities. Within the framework of urban society, identity (of languages, cultures, groups, concepts of urban life, etc.) is not a fixed entity. Instead, the boundaries of identity are constantly being negotiated, creating vacillations between inclusivity and exclusivity, new majorities and minorities: urban societies are therefore faced with a constant need to reevaluate their own traditions and trajectories, governance and policies.

The Centers for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (GWZ) will jointly host the 3rd Borders & Identity conference (BIC) from March 16th to 19th, 2015, at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). BIC2015 provides a meeting place for researchers interested in interdisciplinary approaches to exploring Urban Fragmentation(s) from linguistic, literary, sociological, and historical points of view, or a combination thereof. The conference will be organized in three parallel strands, each chaired by a corresponding GWZ-center (ZAS, Center for General Linguistics; ZfL, Center for Literary and Cultural Research; ZMO, Center for Modern Oriental Studies). There will be three plenary talks (speakers to be
announced) – organized by the respective centers.

- Literature & Translation (ZfL)
Language & Linguistic Creativity (ZAS)
— Society & Governance (ZMO)

We invite abstracts for presentations and posters on topics including, but not limited to, the following areas listed below. Interdisciplinary submissions are highly welcome.

1. Literature & Translation (ZfL)
- Writing the city
Urban soundscapes: Fragments, collages, remixes
- Literary interventions in urban society: Cutting across town
Multilingual literatures in pluricultural cities
- Plural topographies in urban literatures and cultures
“The ‘translation’ is the message”
- Translating the self: Writers in exile and migration
Translating the other: Appropriating foreign forms of cultural expression
- The role and function of cultural mediators (artists, publishers, teachers, etc.)
New subjectivities
- Suburban subjectivities: Figurations of the self in recent post-socialist literature
(Urban) cultures of affect: Fragmented memories, distorted belongings, violent riots

2. Language & Linguistic Creativity (ZAS)
- Linguistic diversity in the city
Multilingualism in the classroom
- Multilingual cities as loci of language contact and change
Migration patterns and linguistic fragmentation
- Citylects
Linguistic creativity / Multiethnolects
- Language change / Language decay
Language variation and social networks
- Language attitudes / Linguistic stereotypes
Perceptual ethnolectology
- Language ideologies
Linguistic expressions of style

3. Society & Governance (ZMO)
- Negotiating diversities
Cultural, ethnic, and religious fragmentation in the city
- Governance of plurality
Spaces of interaction, spaces of fragmentation
- Contesting visions
Splintering urbanism in networked cities
- Urban contestations and violence
Unifying and fragmenting visions of urbanism
—Fragmented authenticity of urban heritage
—Rethinking Marginalities
—Urban centrality and marginality: Concepts and terminologies
—Urban centrality and marginality: Case studies

Abstract Submission:

Call opens: July 15th, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014
Notification of acceptance: Friday, Oct. 31st, 2014
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Beitrag von: Christof Schöch

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