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New Locations of Culture,
New Geographics of Identity

Monday & Tuesday, March 20-21, 2000 · Conference Room II, The Student Union Building · Organiser: Magdalena Zaborowska, Department of English

This two-day seminar proposes to interrogate recent theories of culture, identity, and nationhood put forth by postcolonial, feminist, and cultural studies critics. The event will bring together international scholars, whose work explores and challenges the received binaries that construct individual and collective identities-ethnicity, »race,« gender, sex, class, nationality, language-and their geographic, historic, and cultural »locations.«

The disciplinary, thematic, and methodologically diverse individual presentations will contribute to creating what can be called a »millennial space,« where cultural studies inquiry cuts across the boundaries between the humanities and social sciences in an attempt to map out alternative discourses on identity. The speakers representing the First, Second, and Third worlds will also ponder the persistence of, as well as deconstructing in various ways, the political and ideological hegemonies and relationships of power that inform theoretical and literary production in the postcolonial and post-totalitarian contexts.

The conference has been organised in cooperation with the Centre for European Cultural Studies.


PROGRAMME
Monday, March 20
9:00-10:30 am Odin Teatret: (workshop/demonstration/public discussion)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Discussion of Filipowicz/Odin presentation
12:00-13:30 pm Lunch
13:30-14:30 Prof. Miriyam Glazer: 'The language that women in the land know/But men who are born here do not speak': Engendering Cross-CulturalTranslations of 'Yerushalayim'
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:30 Discussion of Glazer's lecture
Tuesday, March 21
9:00-10.00 am Helle Porsdam: What America's Future May Hold: On Critical Race Theory and Richard Delgado's Apocalyptic Tales of America After Affirmative Action and Welfare
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:00 Discussion of previous lecture
11:00-12:00 Associate Professor Magdalena J. Zaborowska: Over the Wall/After the Fall, or the Uses of Posttotalitarian Cultural Studies
12:00-12:15 Break
12:15-12:45 pm Discussion of Zaborowska’s lecture
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Associate Professor Prem Poddar: Whose time is it anyway? Towards a history of the vanishing future
15.00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Discussion of Poddar’s lecture

SPEAKERS

ODIN TEATRET
Holstebro, director *Eugenio Barba, Denmark
Odin will present a workshop/demonstration/public discussion that will accompany Prof. Filipowicz's presentation.

MIRIYAM GLAZER
Professor, Chair, Department of English and Literature, Director, Dortort Writers Institute, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, USA. Research areas: Israeli literature and Jewish American literature, translation studies, gender studies, feminist theory. Published: Jewish-American Women Writers: A Bio-bibliographical Study (1994), Burning Air and a Clear Mind: Contemporary Israeli Women Poets (1981), and has forthcoming Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli Women Writers and Dancing on the Edge of the World: Jewish Stories of Faith, Inspiration and Love.

PREM PODDAR
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Aarhus. Research areas: postcolonial studies, Indian literatures, English Studies. Published in India, England, and Denmark. Forthcoming book, Articulating India (Aarhus UP and Sterling Publications, New Delhi). In progress: Spectres of Modernity, Postcolonial Interventions: The Question of Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Histories.

HELLE PORSDAM
Ph.D., Dr.Phil., Associate Professor at the University of Southern
Denmark/Odense University, where she teaches American history in the 20th
century. Her research interest includes American intellectual history,
culture and law. Her book Legally Speaking: Contemporary American Culture
and the Law
was published this summer by the University of Massachusetts
Press. She is currently working on Danish legalization as a kind of
Americanization.

MAGDALENA J. ZABOROWSKA
Associate Professor, Department of English and Centre for Cultural Research, University of Aarhus. Research areas: Cultural Studies, Feminist theory, Gender and Ethnic Studies, American literatures. Publications: How We Found America: Reading Gender through East-European Immigrant Narratives (UNC Press, 1995), edited and contributed to Other Americans, Other Americas: The Politics and Poetics of Multiculturalism (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 1998). In progress: Making It: Male Gender and Erotics in Crosscultural Narratives.


*Eugenio Barba, Director, Odin Teatret (1964), will be affiliated with the Department of Dramaturgy from March 3 through April 14, 2000. Symposiums, conferences, demonstrations of their work and performance analyses will illuminate the dramaturgical and theatrical principles of Odin Teatret. Odin Teater will perform their entire current repertoire: I Hvalens Skelet, Mythos, Slottet i Holstebro II, Judith, Ode til fremskridtet, Donna Musica, Itsi Bitsi

March 20 - April 12, 2000
Kaserne Scenen, Langelandsgade 139

For further information, please contact:
Exe Christoffersen, Center for Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Studies
Ph: 8942 1816
e-mail: aekexe@hum.au.dk

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