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University of Auckland is hosting an international conference: Cultures, Communication, Communities

2023-03-23 22:15

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland is hosting an international conference: Cultures, Communication, Communities. The conference – themed “Re-imagining the City: Legacies, Challenges, Possibilities" – will take place at the University of Auckland on 30 November-2 December 2023. Here is the link to the conference website: https://www.ccc.ac.nz/    

The Organizing Committee is now accepting abstracts and asks authors to select one of the following potential focus areas for their submission. Abstracts must be submitted by 28 April 2023.

  • Language communities in multilingual and multicultural environments: sustaining and developing Indigenous and immigrant languages, cultures, and identities; multilingualism in education, healthcare, tourism, the media; rural and urban settings; popular culture, identities, and linguistic and cultural diversity. The roles of translation and interpreting in assisting communities in crises. How can comparative and world literatures foster multiculturalism, interculturalism and global citizenship?
  • Teaching and learning in the 21st -century academy: Do we still need the physical hub of the city in an age of increasing online teaching and learning? How has digital technology impacted on (im)mobility, higher education and language teaching and learning in the 21st century?   
  • To what extent can we conceive of the ‘city’ as ‘civilisation,’ ‘community,’ ‘home’? (e.g. the polis, associationism, sites of cultural capital, homelessness, segregation, marginalised and refugee communities).
  • Decolonising the city: its spaces, places and monuments. What are the relationships of Indigenous communities, past and present, their societies and languages, with cities? Tāmaki Makaurau’s histories, heritages, and challenges; reclaiming Indigenous sites of significance. Tensions between perceiving urbanisation as modernisation/development or as westernisation/loss of identity.
  • How can the ‘city’ better interface with the ‘country’? Issues around urbanisation, climate change, sustainability and resilience; rural depopulation; borderlands.   
  • The relationship of cities and citizens with private corporate interests.
  • Representations of global cities, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region, and their significance within economic, political and cultural power networks. International and internal migrations.
  • Cities and bodies: physical, social, civic, and political; sociocultural stratifications of the city; transgressive spaces and practices; the city and health, mental, physical, spiritual; gender in the city; how different bodies and social, cultural and diasporic groups claim urban spaces to display their identities; disabled communities in the city.
  • How does the media construct the city? How is the city communicatively imaged, imagined and experienced through the visual arts and media representations? How do immersive technologies and digital environments mediate our embodied relationships in and with cities?
  •  Personified, symbolic, and transnational cities: the city as hero; villain; site of trauma; spiritual symbol; the Republic of Letters; the Lettered City; the City of Ladies.

The North Asia Center of Asia-Pacific Excellence (NA CAPE) in New Zealand will provide limited sponsorship to support the registration expenses of scholars, including PhD students, who will present at the conference on North Asian topics. Accommodation and domestic travel expenses for a limited number of scholars will also be provided. In addition, we have generous, but limited, sponsorship from the Academy of Korean Studies to cover registration fees for academics and PhD students in Korean Studies/Korean language.

I would appreciate it if you could also please circulate the conference link to your colleagues and students, especially those who might be eligible for the above-mentioned financial support: https://www.ccc.ac.nz/   

best wishes,
Mi Yung

On behalf of the CCC Conference Organizing Committee

Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies

Major/Specialisation Leader in Asian Studies

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