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Call for Papers:

 

Transnational Culture and the Politics of Identity

Intersecting: Race, Sex, Place (Book Series)

Rodopi, Amsterdam.

 

Issue Editor: Sudeep Dasgupta

Series Editors: Ernst van Alphen, Inge Boer, Sudeep Dasgupta, Isabel Hoving

 

Description of proposed volume

Transnational Culture and the Politics of Identity

 

The temporal and spatial dimensions of contemporary globalization are profoundly altering the location of culture as the shifting ground for articulating forms of identity. In particular, the frames of tradition and modernity, identity and difference are mediated by discourses grounded in the fluid movements of labour, capital, representations and technologies. Institutions, texts and the representational practices understood as "cultural"are always situated within the concrete constellations of power/knowledge of globalization as politico-economic and social expansion. Given that these processes are contradictory, cultural politics is necessarily imbricated in these webs of power relations as the coding of cultural value within a broader material/symbolic economy. The proposed volume will focus on the representational dynamics of a range of cultural politics that call into question the boundaries which have divided, however contingently, the discourses of home and the world, cosmopolitanisms and travel. In the context of the present redrawing of the borders of the planet around "civilization"and "religion", the recrudescence of this logic of separation will be critiqued from the perspective of cultural analysis of texts, practices and institutions that are imbricated in the proliferation, consolidation and critique of notions of cultural belonging. A focus on the importance of sexuality, race and class in contemporary cultural politics is encouraged. Further, a critical and constructive engagement with the discourse on "difference" and "hybridity" as a theoretical frame deployed in intellectual work, and as an organizing principle in cultural politics is encouraged.

 

Words: Approx. 10,000

Deadline:  May 1, 2002

 

Please email abstracts to:

 

Sudeep Dasgupta

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