“Minor Cultures in Dialogue” – conference announcement

On May 26th and 27th, 2017 the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures (University of Silesia), in collaboration with Ulster University and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, will host an international conference on the condition of indigenous minor(ity) cultures in Europe. The conference is part of an ongoing research project which has been developed jointly by the three universities and contributors from other academic and non-academic institutions over the last two years. The Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures is honoured to have joined the project recently and to have the opportunity to hold the conference in Katowice.

The conference seeks to expand on the discussions and the research presented during the Paris and Belfast symposia. Its primary aim is to offer all the participants a platform for exchanging ideas and strategies concerned with both nonantagonistic and antagonistic confrontations between minor and major cultures so that we can learn from each other and make informed conclusions, based on analogies and meaningful differences. We want to take a closer look at various aspects of those confrontations and the political, social, linguistic and other ramifications which follow from all sorts of interactions between cultures and/or communities. What is of particular interest to us is the negotiations and (self-)narratives of identities and differences between minority cultures as part of mutual reinforcement and alliance in their efforts to mount resistance to dominant cultures. Therefore, we want to pay special attention to the regional, the local, the peripheral, the marginal, the indigenous – whether those categories relate to languages, cultures or, more narrowly, to literatures.

Some suggested themes:

  • Historical, social, political analogies between minor(ity) cultures

  • Instances of (past or present) collaboration between minor(ity) cultures

  • Ulster-Scots, Bretons, and Silesians (and/or other minor cultures) in the contexts of territory, borderland, and homeland

  • Language, dialect, ethnolect – between politics and linguistics

  • The political rationale for preserving minor(ity) cultures

  • Discourses of cultural identities in contemporary Europe (e.g., minor/major; stable/fluid; endangered/dominant; diasporic/entrenched, etc.)

  • Strategies of resistance – defying centralization and homogenization of minor(ity) cultures

For further information please contact us at minorc@us.edu.pl

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