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Transculturation: Encounters in the Modern Period, 1830 - Present 

Tuesday 30 May 2017

University of York

Deadline for abstracts: 12 March 2017

This interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate researchers at any level or point in their studies an opportunity to come together to develop debates around transculturation - the idea of works and people responding to production, reproduction and reception at different times and in different places, exploring how ‘ideas’ can transmutate and travel. 

In the age of so-called globalisation when access and opportunities to ‘connect’ have never been more abundant, how do we now scrutinise borders, nations, places and spaces? Historically, scholars have established and reinforced conceptual borders between disciplines and through periodization. Increasingly, however, research of the modern period attempts to transcend those borders and explore worlds of diverse experience. 

This year’s Centre for Modern Studies postgraduate conference takes transculturation as its key theme but applies it as broadly as Codell intended - incorporating all of the humanities disciplines and the atemporal nature of contemporary research.Therefore we invite proposals of individual papers on topics in the period 1830-Present that include but are not limited to:

- Real and Imagined Boundaries: border studies, North/South, East/West (including post-Saidean disruptions to the East/West binary), metropoles/peripheries, the ‘Third Space’, contact zones 

- Britain and Empires Beyond: Ottoman, Byzantine, Chinese, Japanese, Native American, Mayan. 

- Networked and travelling objects, art and literary works 

- Tourism and travel studies, travel literature 

- Translations of texts 

- Cross contamination: transculturation in the medical humanities 

- The internet as a transcultural space 

- Travelling ideas in philosophical thought

- Transcultural synaesthesia: hybridity in music 

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to cmods-pgforum@york.ac.uk by Sunday 12 March. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organisers.