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    New Media & the Global Diaspora. Rhode Island, 2-4 Oct 2008

    By Noreen Bowden | May 8, 2008

    The organisers of the New Media and the Global Diaspora have issued their call for papers.

    The 2008 New Media & the Global Diaspora Symposium at Roger Williams University is an interdisciplinary humanities conference addressing the global migrations of the past 100 years and the role media has played in transmitting ‘living traditions,’ particularly as these traditions are subject to loss, gain, and interpretation. What impact do media have on the forging and sustaining of cultural identities? How can the humanities guide us to understand why ‘living traditions’ are at the nexus of questions about the global diaspora? This three-day event will feature paper and roundtable sessions, an International concert, and culminate in a tour of Newport, Rhode Island, a significant immigrant destination for nearly 400 years.

    The symposium is a plenary experience; no overlapping presentations will be scheduled. Symposium participants hear all presentations and stay for the entire program in order to build the kind of feedback and informal discussions that mark the nature of this event. Most presentations are given a time slot of 20 minutes. This format allows for a respondent and audience questions. We are very pleased that the proceedings of this symposium will be published in our new peer-reviewed journal Reason & Respect: civil discourse in a global context, to be published beginning Fall 2008.

    The organizers of the 2008 Symposium invite the submission of position papers addressing one of the following topics:

    • Locating Interdisciplinarity: Technology and the Humanities
    • Real Places-Virtual Spaces: Creating Cultural Communities
    • Exploring Gender at the Crossroads of Media and Culture
    • Seeing Diaspora: Media, Community and Visual Rhetoric

    The deadline for papers is 15 June 2008.

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    Sponsored by: Roger Williams University

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