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Call for Papers – Textus Culture


Across Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

Editors: Maria Micaela COPPOLA, Francesca DI BLASIO, Sabrina FRANCESCONI (University of Trento) and Anne
BREWSTER (University of New South Wales)
Copy-editor: Magda Elizabeth ALTMAN (Basque Center on Brain, Cognition and Language, BCBL, San Sebastián,

The project aims at exploring the interdisciplinary dialogue between cultures, languages, and literatures from
theoretical, methodological, and thematic perspectives.
In interdisciplinary approaches, cultures, languages and literatures are complex and dynamic systems, in which
each discipline draws on the work of other disciplines, and the same issue can be tackled from different
theoretical and methodological points of view. Proposals are invited to analyse texts, genres, genders, cultures,
disciplines, languages, media, and theories as all-encompassing, superdiverse and superdiversing practices.
Individuals and cultures are mutually involved in complex, multifaceted, and ‘liquid’ dynamics. To investigate the
critical implications of these dynamics by adopting interdisciplinary approaches to cultural, linguistic, and
literary studies, or by bridging the gap between apparently diverging approaches (such as humanities and
science, or literature and medicine) is a transgressive and utterly desirable practice. Likewise, very productive
is the synergy between different critical approaches to cultures, literatures, and languages, as is the case with
cultural studies, postcolonial theories and environmental criticism, superdiversity and specialised discourse, or
feminist, gender and queer studies.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• interdisciplinary approaches to cultures, languages, and/or literatures
• transgression in and across cultures, languages, and/or literatures
• migrating in and across cultures, languages, and/or literatures
• intersectionality
• interdisciplinary approaches to Partnership organizational models
• interdisciplinary approaches to Postcolonial theories, interactions, changes
• superdiverse and superdiversing texts, communities, practices
• narrative empathy
• the dialogue among apparently diverging approaches or texts (i.e. humanities and sciences, literature,
narratology and medicine, etc.)
• synchronic and diachronic diversities
• questioning cultural, linguistic and/or literary canons
• cultural, linguistic and/or literary paradoxes and contact zones
• difference, appropriation and transculturation
• interdisciplinary approaches to education
• enhancement of communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills in interdisciplinary
• ecocritical perspectives

Deadline for abstracts: September 10, 2018
Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by: September 15, 2018
Deadline for articles: November 15, 2018
Please submit your abstract of approx. 500 words to Maria Micaela Coppola (mariamicaela.coppola@unitn.it),
Francesca Di Blasio (francesca.diblasio@unitn.it), Sabrina Francesconi (sabrina.francesconi@unitn.it) and Anne
BREWSTER (a.brewster@unsw.edu.au).

Selected Bibliography:

Appadurai, A., The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition, New York, Verso, 2013.
Arnaut, K. et al., Language and Superdiversity, London and New York, Routledge, 2016.
Beacco, J-C., Guide for the Development and Implementation of Curricula for Plurilingual and Intercultural
Education, Strasbourg, Strasbourg Council of Europe, 2016.
Blommaert, J., Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes: Chronicles of Complexity, London and
New York, Routledge, 2013.
Braidotti, R. and Gilroy, P. (eds), Conflicting Humanities, London-New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Cilliers, P., Complexity and Postmodernism: Understanding Complex Systems, New York, Routledge, 1998.
Coveney, P., and Highfield, R., Frontiers of Complexity: The Search for Order in a Chaotic World, New York,
Fawcett Columbine, 1995.
DeLoughrey, E. and Handley, G.B. (eds), Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment, Oxford-New
York, Oxford U.P., 2011.
Duchêne, A. and Heller, M. (eds), Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit, Abingdon, Routledge, 2012.
Eisler, R., The Chalice and the Blade, San Francisco, Harper and Row, 1987.
Gilroy, P., Between Camps: Race, Identity and Nationalism at the End of the Colour Line, London, Allen Lane,
Klein, J. T., Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice, Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State Press, 1990.
Morin, Edgar, On Complexity, New York, Hampton Press, 2008.
Newell, W. H., “The State of the Field: Interdisciplinary Theory”, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, no. 31, 2013,
pp. 22-43.
Thieme, J., Postcolonial Literary Geographies: Out of Place, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Vertovec, S., New Complexities of Cohesion in Britain: Superdiversity, Transnationalism and Civil-Integration,
Oxford, University of Oxford, COMPAS, 2007.