Glocal Imaginaries Conference

Date: 10 September 2009

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


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Further information

Associated staff: Ruth Wodak

Associated projects: DYLAN: Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity EU-Sixth-Framework Integrated Project (IP)

Associated departments and research centres: Language, Ideology and Power Group (LIP), Linguistics and English Language