Culture at Our Borders
July 5-6, 2018
About IAU College
|Maria Van Liew, PhD
Professor of Spanish Language & Culture
West Chester University
West Chester, PA (USA)
|Zlatan Filipovic, PhD
Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
If you have any logistical queries or requirements, please contact Maria who knows Barcelona and Catalunya quite well, and organizes the cultural activities in coordination with overall programming. Zlatan has been organizing the topics, themes
Please note, abstracts and biographies will be published after the April 1st registration deadline.
It has become increasingly difficult today to define or characterize cultural belonging. This, however, is not only due to globalization and mass migrations that constitute our modern condition but also to the inherent instability of the very concepts of culture, tradition or community. This is not to suggest that culture has disappeared but rather that it has become impossible today to think of cultures as homogeneous, providing us with a sense of collective identity and totalizing expressions of community. The globalizing movement of modernity, the deterritorializing flows of its economic relations and the increasing migration that follows it show that the boundaries between traditionally perceived cultures have dissolved while the concept of culture itself is more than ever characterized by internal tensions and contradictions. It is then neither
The fact that the uniform notion of culture, seen as homogenous, has finally met its demise is also what calls for its violent recrudescence. We can witness this across the Western political landscape, in particular, where
This conference will focus on cultures in transfer in literary, cultural studies and theory, welcoming contributions that may cover but are not limited to the following topics:
Please submit the $100 registration fee by April 1st to confirm your place in the conference. Note that the payment must be made in USD.
Participants can pay directly through the IAU online credit card portal or via check.
For the credit card payments, please click the link above, select “Other Payment,” and then include “Culture at Our Borders Conference Registration + YOUR NAME” in the description box.
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The mission of the Institute for American Universities is to provide excellence in international education, inspire intercultural awareness, and prepare students for success in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues.
The Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France was founded in 1957 by academics and former diplomats such as Dr. Herbert Maza, who also served as its first President, Dr. Evron Kirkpatrick, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, and others who wanted to provide a platform for Americans interested in studying diplomatic relations with related interests and careers in the foreign service and the State Department. It was established as one of the first American-style, English language, liberal arts
By 1966 IAU had an enrollment of approximately 150 students and in 1976 it incorporated The Marchutz School of Fine Arts (founded by Leo Marchutz) into its offerings. In 2012, IAU continued to expand its program offerings, curriculum, and support services to further mirror those found at U.S. institutions. In 2013, IAU expanded to include a summer program option in Barcelona, Spain and also began offering multi-country January term/intersession seminars in Europe and North Africa. In doing so, IAU demonstrated the duty it felt of leveraging site specificity - specifically the Mediterranean region - in the education of its students. Shortly thereafter, IAU began welcoming U.S. faculty-led programs to support U.S. professors seeking a customized study abroad experience for their students. A resident fellows program that supports university faculty on