Current Issues in Cultural Studies Sweden June 2011

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies:
ACSIS Conference 2011

Norrköping15-17 June 2011 at Louis de Geer in Norrköping, Sweden
Organised by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS)
in collaboration with the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)

In June 2011 ACSIS arranges its fourth biannual conference on cultural research, this time on the subject “Current Issues in European Cultural Studies”. The conference will provide an updated inventory of main issues in European cultural studies today, covering cross-European topics and trends as well as regional developments in East, West, South, North and Central Europe. It thus presents European Cultural Studies but also gives a view of Europe through the spectrum of Cultural Studies.

The program has three main levels. First, a series of plenary sessions will deal with selected key current issues for cultural studies that partly connect to European perspectives and partly reach beyond this geographic scope. Second, a set of spotlight sessions open up for presentations and debates on the state of cultural studies in different regions of Europe, leading up to a final plenary discussing whether EU’s motto “united in diversity” is also applicable to European cultural studies. Third, cultural studies scholars from all over the world are welcome to propose and organise group sessions that run in parallel throughout the conference, and may deal with any empirical, methodological or theoretical subject within a wide definition of the cultural studies field. In this manner, the aim is to offer a rich expression of where the cultural studies field is going today, and what is the role of Europe in these developments.


Registration for the conference is now open, and the form can be found here.

The conference is supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Wenner-Gren Foundations, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Linköping University and the City of Norrköping.

Spotlight session 5 – “British Cultural Studies”
Panellists: John Hutnyk, Goldsmiths College, Roshini Kempadoo, University of East London, David Morley, Goldsmiths College, Mica Nava, University of East London
Moderator: Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London


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  1. In this program the parallel sessions are not listed. If you are looking for information on a particular session please refer to the preliminary schedule for parallel sessions, but note that it might be subject to change. For more information on sessions and presentations, you can have a look at the electronic version of the printed program.

    Wednesday June 15
    09.00 – Registration, coffee
    10.15 – Introduction: Johan Fornäs, Ferda Keskin, Johanna Dahlin, Martin Fredriksson.

    11.00 – Plenary session A: “Cosmopolitan Issues: Knowledge and Mobilities in a World of Borders”
    Although a concept with both ancient and Enlightenment roots, the recent debate about cosmopolitanism emerged amidst discussions of postcolonialism, global flows, alternative modernities and cultural diversities. From the early 1990s, cosmopolitanism became associated with visions of mobility-from-below, postnationalism and a borderless world. Two decades later it is clear that, far from this vision, the world is experiencing a proliferation of borders. No longer existing only at territory’s edge, borders have moved into the middle of political space. While the passage of goods and capital has been eased, the mobility of human bodies is subject to new forms of differentiation and processing. Attempts to meet global challenges such as the reduction of carbon emissions are caught in a tension between cosmopolitan openness and the interests of particular jurisdictions. This panel will reassess the cosmopolitan visions of the recent past by asking what it means to live in a world of borders.
    Speakers: John Urry, Lancaster University, Alexandra Zavos, Panteion University of Athens
    Moderator: Brett Neilson, University of Western Sydney
    12.45 – Lunch.
    14.00 – Parallel sessions
    Spotlight session 1: “Central European Cultural Studies: BeNeLux and the German-Speaking Region”
    Panellists: Joke Hermes, INHolland University & University of Amsterdam, Oliver Marchart, Luzern University, Udo Göttlich, Universität der Bundeswehr München
    Moderator: Roman Horak, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
    15.45 – Coffee
    16.15 – Parallel sessions
    Spotlight session 2: “East European Cultural Studies: The ‘New’ Europe”
    Panellists: Johan Öberg, Gothenburg University, Allaine Cerwonka, Central European University, Budapest, Egle Rindzeviciute, Linköping University
    Moderator: Irina Sandomirskaja, Södertörn University
    18.00 – Open time
    19.30 – Reception hosted by the City of Norrköping.

    Thursday June 16
    09.00 – Plenary session B: “Cosmic Issues: Nature and Culture”
    Nature and culture have always been intertwined in the history of mankind. In spite of empirical and theoretical evidence of how nature resists control, humankind’s technological-instrumental encroachment on nature has never been larger than today. This gives ground to scrutinise the relation between human beings and nature. It may be time to replace the hegemonic dichotomy of Man-Nature with new concepts and other forms of non-instrumental rationality more in tune with desires and emotions. This plenary session will therefore challenge basic understandings of the humans-nature relations and the nature-cultures orders, and of the links between biology and culture, between control and continguency, and between reason and passion.
    Panellists: Gernot Böhme, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths College
    Moderator: Ole Martin Høystad, Telemark University College
    10.45 – Coffee.
    11.15 – Parallel sessions
    Spotlight session 3: “North European Cultural Studies: The Nordic Countries”
    Panellists: Erling Bjurström, Linköping University, Ole Martin Høystad, Telemark University College,
    Mikko Lehtonen, University of Tampere
    Moderator: Anne Scott Sørensen, University of Southern Denmark
    13:00 – Lunch
    14.00 – Parallel sessions
    Spotlight session 4 – “South European Cultural Studies: The Mediterranean”
    Panellists: Eric Maigret, Paris University, Aljosa Puzar, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Sofia Sampaio, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
    Moderator: Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy, Zaragoza University
    15.45 – Coffee.
    16.15 – Plenary session C: “Chronotopic Issues: Powers of Remembering and Narrating“
    Cultural / collective memory is created – and constantly recreated – by way of narrative communication. This explains why memories change: They are the product of an ongoing interaction and build on complex discursive formations. The panel on chronotopic issues raises questions as to what kind of (especially: postcolonial) narratives have constructed what kind of (specifically good or bad – or simply everyday) memories of what kind of an (utopian or dystopian – or simply regular) “Europe”.
    Panellists: Sudeep Dasgupta, University of Amsterdam, Claire Alexander, London School of Economics
    Moderator: Ursula Ganz-Blättler, University of Lugano
    18.00 – Open time / Meeting with ACS.
    19.00 – Conference dinner

    Friday June 17
    09.00 – Parallel sessions
    Spotlight session 5 – “British Cultural Studies”
    Panellists: John Hutnyk, Goldsmiths College, Roshini Kempadoo, University of East London, David Morley, Goldsmiths College, Mica Nava, University of East London
    Moderator: Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London
    10.45 – Coffee
    11.15 – Plenary session D: “Convergence Issues: Intermedial Materiality and Representation”
    Representation is never nothing but representation. All representations have their social and material preconditions and effects. The recent growth of scholarly interest in relations between the material and the symbolic as well as in the specific material forms of representations is based on the conviction that also the highly mediatised late modern culture is firmly linked with human corporeality and sensuousness. This session analyses the grounds of the corporeal turn in cultural and media studies and offers new insights about the embodied materiality of contemporary symbolic forms.
    Panellists: Lisa Blackman, Goldsmiths college, Ian Burkitt, University of Bradford
    Moderator: Mikko Lehtonen, University of Tampere
    13.00 – Lunch.
    14.00 – Plenary session E: “Current Issues and Trends in European Cultural Studies: Conclusions from the Spotlight Sessions”
    This is the last session of the conference where the moderators from all the five spotlight sessions sit down to discuss and evaluate the ideas, reflections and conclusions that has surfaced in the course of the conference. We expect this to become an important inventory of the current state of European cultural research that will tell whether EU’s motto “united in diversity” is applicable to European cultural studies. And in the end, it might also give us a hint of where cultural studies in various regions of Europe are heading in the close future.
    Panellists: Roman Horak, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Irina Sandomirskaja, Södertörn University, Anne Scott Sørensen, University of Southern Denmark, Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy, Zaragoza University, Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London
    Moderator: Ferda Keskin, Istanbul Bilgi University
    15.45 – Closing: Johan Fornäs.
    16.00 – Departure



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