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Cultures in movement , 19th-21st centuries. The Stakes of Changing Cultures,

October 10, 2013 - October 11, 2013
Faculty of Letters, Languages, Arts, Human Sciences, Universite la Rochelle

1 Parvis Fernand Braudel
La Rochelle 17042

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David Waterman
University La Rochelle

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This conference is part of a larger research project, focusing on societies, exchanges and power in the

Americas and the Asia / Pacific region, as well as questions of identity representation on an international

scale. More precisely, it might be useful to re-think the very notion of culture by examining the experiences

/ situations and the representations of those who chose – or were forced – to change cultures. The primary

goal is to study a cultural displacement within the geographical confines of the Americas / Asia Pacific

region, in which the CRHIA (Research center, international and Atlantic history) specializes. But beyond a

simple study of migration, the secondary goal of this conference is to re-examine the very model of

integration as it has sometimes been defined by historians, sociologists and anthropologists. (See, for


Communalism and Globalisation in South Asia and its Diaspora by Deana Heath and Chandana

Mathur, Routledge, 2010 and

Le Monde romanesque chinois au XXe siècle. Modernités et identités by Zhang


Paris, Honoré Champion, 2003).

Several approaches are possible, beyond the political and practical aspects of mobility. Broader definitions

of nationality, such as trans-nationality, multi-nationality and complex cultural identity could be proposed.

For example, in his writings Du Weiming has shown that globalization has encouraged the emergence of a

“Cultural China” which questions popular definitions of nationality and diaspora, and redefines the

interactions between center and periphery. Examinations of marginal cultures, whether cultural or

linguistic, are especially encouraged.

We invite individual presentations lasting twenty minutes, in French or in English, on the theme “Changing

Culture, the Stakes of Displacement” in the following areas :

• Studies of the South Pacific

• Asian Studies

• American (North and/or South) Studies

• Images and Representations

• Comparative Literature

• World Literature and World History

Please send a short abstract (250 words) and a brief bio (including your name, professional affiliation and email

address), before 1 April 2013 to each of the following organizers:

Accepted proposals will receive confirmation before 1 May 2013. We plan to publish the conference proceedings in a peerreviewed

volume, but the editor insists on a strong engagement with the conference theme as a condition of


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