2014 ‘Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity’

Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity

York St. John University, Thurs 26th – Sat 28th June 2014


Keynote speakers (confirmed): Robert J. Holton (Trinity College Dublin), Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire), Roland Robertson (University of Pittsburgh and University of Aberdeen)

Alan Rice, Bob Holton and Roland Robertson

Alan Rice, Bob Holton and Roland Robertson

Cultural encounters – both as cultural phenomena and a concept – gain momentum across the social sciences and humanities within an inter- disciplinary dialogue that calls for new analytical tools to explain conditions of global connectivity. While there is already a well-established literature on the ways in which cultural encounters translate experiences of identity and difference in an interconnected and postcolonial world, new approaches to cultural encounters in relation to issues of power, global inequalities, cosmopolitanism, digital communication, and borders (cultural and political) foreground new questions and controversies in play within and across disciplinary divisions. The 2014 GSA Annual Conference is particularly interested in generating lively inter-disciplinary discussions while bringing to the fore new theoretical positions and empirical analyses of cultural encounters as an analytical lens to explain current and past global connections. What kinds of cultural translations between western and non- western modes of thought are made possible by cultural encounters? What is the relation between virtual, imagined and embodied encounters? What new encounters and connections are being made and how? How do ‘new digital technologies facilitate/ hinder this ‘newness’? How adequate and valid are theories which conceptualise cultural encounters as a type of connection? How useful is the notion of cultural encounter to explain new forms of transnational socio-political struggle and political participation?

We welcome contributions from members and interested participants working from within a variety of disciplines across the social sciences and the humanities, such as literary studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, IR, geography, political science, and cultural history.

We welcome proposals for papers in any of the following areas:

Postcolonial studies
Beyond ‘ World Literature’
Food studies
Migrant identities and mobilities
Cosmopolitan encounters
Digital diasporas
Encountering ‘the other: Travel writing
Orientalism and Occidentalism
Transnational cinema
Behind the scenes at the Museum:memorializing encounter, telling of trauma
Digital technologies and new forms of ‘encounter’
Tourism and heritage studies
New pedagogies and the global classroom
Language studies and linguistics : World English and beyond
Translation and cultural encounters
Theology and spirituality
From Interdisciplinary to interplanetarity:beyond the global
Encounters and the war on terror
Borders, connectivity and transnational politics
Borders in translation
New protest movements
The global city: urban encounters

Proposals for papers should take the form of a 300 word abstract. The
organisers will allocate papers to an appropriate panel. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 4 April 2014. Please send to conference organizer Maria Rovisco at m.rovisco@googlemail.com

You can now register for the conference at: http://store.yorksj.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=7&catid=6&prodid=190


For accommodation we recommend the Monkbar Hotel which is situated within a 5 minute walk of the conference venue. If you quote group reference 84091 ‘GSA Event’ they will offer a specially negotiated rate of £85 per night for your stay.  Please email: bookings@monkbarhotel.co.uk or contact Lynn Fairweather +44 (0)1904 667 701 before 26th May to secure a room. Limited rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A credit/debit card is required to secure your reservation at the Monkbar Hotel in York. There will be no cancellation charge if the booking is cancelled 48 hours before 16:00 hotel local time, on the day of arrival.

We also have limited budget accommodation available on the University campus.  These limited rooms are available for £25 a night.  Please contact us directly if you would like to book this: artsevents@yorksj.ac.uk

For other accommodation options please go to the York Tourist Board: www.visityork.org.uk

I am aware some of you are in the process of securing visas and funding from your institutions. However, given that York is a major tourist destination, the City gets extremely busy at this time of the year and I would advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

How to get to York

If you are travelling from abroad the best way to reach York is either to fly to Manchester Airport or a London Airport and take a train to York.

If you are traveling by rail from London, tickets are much cheaper when purchased in advance (note that these are typically tied to a specific train therefore consider the possibility of flight delays on your incoming journey). You can purchase your advance tickets online on the following sites:




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