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Glocal Imaginaries Conference

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Publication date10/09/09

Ruth is invited to give a plenary lecture on 'Global, Local, or Glocal Identities? The Many Functions of Multilingualism in EU-rope'.

Belowplease findthe conference programme:


Updated Programme - Plenaries (June 09)

Wednesday 9 September (Lancaster University: George Fox 1)

Plenary Session 1: 2.00-3.30pm

· Professor John Thieme

Visiting Professor in Literature, University of East Anglia, UK

Paper title: Glocalized Trajectories in the Writing of Amitav Ghosh

· Professor Kath Woodward

Professor of Sociology, the Open University


Paper title: Tuning In: Diasporas at the BBC World Service


· Professor Maggie O'Neill

Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University

Paper title: Making Connections: Arts, Migration and Diaspora


 Live performance artist based in Lancaster (see 'Moving Manchester' Writers Gallery for further details). Author of Megalomaniac (2007).


Thursday 10 September (Lancaster: George Fox 1)

Plenary Session 2: 9.00-10.30am

· Professor John Urry

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University, UK

Paper title: Mobile Lives

· Professor Ruth Wodak

Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Lancaster University, UK

Paper title: Global, Local or Glocal Identities? The Many Functions of Multilingualism in EU-rope>

· Professor Ranjana Khanna

Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English and Women's Studies, Duke University, USA

Paper title: Isaac Julien: Mobility, 'Unbelonging' and 'Asylum'



Associate Professor of English Literature / Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University; author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City (2004) and Night Haunts: A Journey Through Nocturnal London (2007)

Plenary Session 3: 3.30-5.00pm

· Dr James Procter

Reader in Modern English and Postcolonial Literature, The University of Newcastle, UK

Paper title: The Odyssean Audience?>

· Professor Shirley ChewEmeritus Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, University of Leeds, UK

Paper title: Routes and Roots: Mapping the Indian Ocean

· Professor Susheila Nasta

Chair in Modern Literature, The Open University, UK

Paper title: South Asian Bloomsbury and the Evolution of Global Modernities


Friday 11 September (Lancaster University: George Fox 1)

Plenary Session 4: 9.00-10.30am


· Professor Roger BromleyProfessor of International Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham, UK

Paper title: Undesirable and Placeless: Finding a Political Space for the Displaced in a Cinema of Destitution

· Professor Mieke Bal

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Professor, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Paper title: On the Move: Mediating Intimacy in the Glocal World

[NB Arrangements are being made for the screening of films relating to these two papers the night before. The two person slot should also allow time for the showing of short clips as part of the papers]


Creative Writing PhD Student on the 'Moving Manchester' Project and author of

Hand of the Sun (1983) and While There is Light (2003).

Plenary Session 5: 3.00-5.30pm

· Professor David EngProfessor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Paper title: The Queer Space of China

· Dr Gayatri Gopinath Associate Professor, Dept of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, USA

Paper title: Queer Regions: Re-visioning Space and Sexuality in Transnational Time


Saturday 12 September (Manchester, Whitworth Gallery)

Plenary Session 6: 11.00-12.00 (noon)

· Professor Sukhdev SandhuAssociate Professor of English Literature/ Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Paper title: To be announced