25 May 2007 - 26 May 2007 All day CRASSH


A Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference
25-26 May 2007
Seminar Room, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Globalisation is a term that is often used but seldom interrogated. This conference seeks to explore the conceptual framework of 'globalisation' and its usage in a range of academic, political, economic, and cultural fields. Who or what drives globalisation? How is it made manifest? Is it yet a verifiable reality? Is it na•ve to assume that globalisation facilitates cross-cultural communication?

The conference will investigate these questions, interrogate the assumptions that lie behind them, and discuss the implications of such assumptions. For example, if we cannot conclude that globalisation and cultural transmission are mutually beneficial, what effect does this have upon our understanding of historical and contemporary otherness? Alternatively, if a global economy can provide a new model of exchange, in what ways can this influence our approach to linguistic, cultural, or textual exchange?

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

    * Dr Joe Moran (Reader in Cultural History, John Moores University)
    * Dr Sally Jane Norman (Director of Culture Lab, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
    * Dr Robert Biel (Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit, University College London)
    * Dr Ananya Jahanara Kabir (Lecturer in English Literature, University of Leeds)
    * Dr Jay Prosser (Senior Lecturer in American Literature, University of Leeds)

This conference has been organised with support from the AHRC and CRASSH.


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