Etc. Exchange Transformation Communication
NORDIC ASSOCIATION OF ENGLISH STUDIES
Aarhus University, Denmark
8–10 May 2019
All of the subdisciplines of English Studies address issues of exchange, transformation and communication: ranging from the temporal development, regional variation and functional properties of language; through the societal interactions examined in history and cultural studies; to the permutations of plot, negotiations of character and voice, and evolutions of genre within literature, film, and other aesthetic forms. Exchange, transformation and communication are crucial to an understanding of English as a humanistic discipline; to its international role in political, institutional and market-driven contexts; and to the mediation between English(es) and other languages that is performed by textual and cultural translation.
In Etc. we intend to find space for all of the above-mentioned areas of study, and for the transformative possibilities that may arise from communication and exchange between them. Furthermore, we will consider exchange, transformation and communication not only as objects of study within English Studies but also as characterising the structure, roles and processes of English Studies itself as an international academic field, especially in relation to the meeting between national and institutional traditions and experiences – sometimes similar, sometimes very different – that a forum such as this conference permits.
Plenary speakers will include Michael Eaton, MBE (playwright and scriptwriter) and Prof. Alastair Pennycook (Distinguished Professor of Language, Society and Education, University of Technology, Sydney). Further speakers to be announced.
Possible focus areas include:
- Transformative relations between English-language and Nordic languages, texts and cultures.
- Ways in which English-language cultural conventions and artefacts have been adapted for new audiences.
- Aspects of the literary, such as narrative and metaphor, as mechanisms for changing ideas, perceptions and beliefs.
- Ways in which English-language fictional or non-fictional narratives model identity, social interaction, and the scope for personal change.
- Ways in which English Studies contribute to understanding and/or influencing momentous transformations in the world around us.
- Transformations in the nature and scope of English Studies, brought about through internal developments in knowledge and theory, or through external socio-economic and political forces.
- Changes in the practices of knowledge-exchange, such as academic publishing and social media.
- Uses of English in professional communication in cultural and organisational contexts.
- Etcetera … and other things.