Conference 2002

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Culture and Globalisation

The seminar will look at the nature of the current process of globalisation and the kind of changes this process has entailed in culture in its broadest definition. It will look at how this process differs from the more general process of globalisation that is synonymous with the emergence of capitalism and of colonial expansion. While globalisation is essentially an economic process, its consequences have had an immense impact on our everyday experience of the world, undoing many certainties of social existence and upsetting earlier notions of identity and collectivity. While globalisation on the one hand aims at removing borders, conflicts, tensions between countries, it seems simultaneously to lead to the drawing of new borders and to release new potentials of violence. The fundamentalist and neo-fascist movements that claim to oppose globalisation, seem at the same time to be allied with it. Globalisation has meant the extended operation of new information technologies, new means of communication, the increased role of the electronic media. It is spawning new structures of work that are short in tenure and demand flexibility. With this has come a new perception of time and of the durability of human relationships. The architecture of the city too has changed both in terms of its material environment and of the mental experiences it provides to its inhabitants. All these changes have given birth to a new language with a new vocabulary that defines the world and the so far commonly accepted goals of freedom and human emancipation in very different ways.

The seminar will look at how literature, the arts and film have responded to the phenomenon in different parts of the world. It will attempt to bring together such reflections with analyses and critiques of globalisation from different disciplines with the hope that this will provide a better view of the new world order and the problems and possibilities of human agency that it generates.

Tuesday, 26 February 2002, Room 22, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi

10.00 am           

Opening Remarks

Vibha Maurya, Shaswati Mazumdar

10.15 am

Frauke Kurbacher

Eyes-Wide-Shut - World-Wide-Shut? Globalisation in Philosophical Perspective

11.00 am



11.15 am

Ashley Tellis

Globalisation and the Production of Culture

12.00 am

Isabel Moutinho

And Now for a Globalised Literature?



Chair: Vibha Maurya

12.45 pm



1.45 pm

Indrani Mukherjee

Imaging Coloured Immigrants in Spanish Popular Culture: Orientalizing or Demonising?

2.30 pm

Sujata Madhok

Crafting the Global Indian: The Print Media in the 1990s

3.15 pm



3.30 pm

Babli Moitra Saraf

Media, Market and Message: Globalisation and Adspeak



Chair: Kusum Aggarwal

5.00 pm

fIndialog: A play by students of the Department
Project direction: Tania Meyer

Wednesday, 27 February 2002, Room 22, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi

10.00 am

Jochen Kelter

On Roots and the World. About the Rootedness of Literature and its Wings

10.45 am

Dominique de Gasquet

Comparative Literature and Diverse Cultures in relation to Globalisation and Universalisation

11.30 am



11.45 am

Margit Köves

Bow-Tie and Socks: Globalization and Culture in Hungary

12.30 pm

Dirk Wiemann

Global Fragments: Narrating Late Capitalism



Chair: Abhai Maurya

1.15 pm



2.15 pm

Vibha Maurya

The Life Narrative of the Potter Cipriano Algor in the Era of Globalisation (A Study of Jose Saramago's Novel The Cavern)




3.15 pm

Joël Ruet

East and West: The Intellectual in the Face of Globalisation

4.00 pm

Sabine Grosser

Transferring Visual Culture of Commemoration: The Shrine of Innocents. An Effective Fusion of Western and Asian Traditions?



Chair: Maria Alzira Seixo

Thursday, 28 February 2002, Room 22, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi

10.00 am

Gloria Saravaya

Assimilation and Globalisation

10.45 am

Maria Alzira Seixo

Globalising Location: East Timor and Past Colonial Empire in the Writing of Specific Communities (Pros and Cons)

11.30 am



11.45 am

Kusum Aggarwal

Retrieving African Knowledge. Hountondji’s Response to a Colonial Dilemma

12.30 pm

Kathleen Kerr

Globalisation and Madness: Reading Bessie Head’s A Question of Power



Chair: S K Das

1.15 pm



2.15 pm

Félix Blanco

Thinking Globalisation

3.00 pm

Marcel Bénabou

Globalizing Formal Constraint

3.45 pm



4.00 pm

Hanno Möbius

Literary Montage of Global Simultaneity



Chair: Anil Bhatti

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