Imagological Chronotopes CFP

Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity

Following the tradition of organizing international interdisciplinary conferences with the participation of distinguished colleagues from leading universities worldwide, the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity, alongside the Romanian Cultural Institute and the British Council Romania, is happy to announce the 12th academic event of the kind under the title:


(University of Bucharest, Central University Library,
23-25 October, 2014)

This conference comes in the track of papers, debates and the publications ensuing from previous conferences organized as part of national and international projects, as well as building on the centre’s current research activity. It is also meant as a link with future activities focusing on the interface of Literary/Cultural Studies and Cultural Identity Studies and aims to make research in the field better known nationally and internationally via the acta congressus volume that will be published afterwards.

Conceptually, the conference invites papers on the following, but not only, topics:

• literature/culture as one way of selecting and defining a particular kinship system, community, symbolic association of humans with their ways specific to a certain culture
• language, literature and the arts’ embeddedness in (cultural) context
• linguistic, social and cultural values in relation to national identity
• symbolic codes of the ‘Other’ in cultural practices and literary texts: positive vs. negative images of a/ny collective imaginary
• ethnocentric registrations of cultural difference
• comparative literature & national/ethnic differences in transnational perspective (Leerssen –Shaffer 2014)
• images & mirages of cultural imagery (Dyserinck 1966)
• cultural nodes, whether temporal (important dates), topical (outstanding places), institutional (relevant cultural institutions) or figurative (cultural typologies)
• comparatist imagology as part of a general philosophical anthropology (Dyserinck 2003)
• image and specularity: habits of the heart and habits of the mind
• imagology and representamen, i.e. representations as textual strategies and as discourse: the spected & the spectant (Leerssen 2007)
• the spiritus loci and the Zeitgeist; the cultural reconstruction of place(s) (Eysteinsson 2006)
• the chronotope and ‘imagined spatio-temporal categories’; temporal and/as spatial figures; tropoi and topoi of cultural specificity
• physical and mental maps; cartography and cultural identity; ideological and cultural space(s) (Pageaux 2001)
• the vehicle – tenor relationship in cultural texts; figures of transport (metaphor, metonymy, hyperbole, hypostasis, ekphrasis) and the dis-/re-location of culture
• emblems, clichés, stereotypes of culture-specific identities in historical occurrence and under critical scrutiny (us/them, the court/the country, the city/the country, the metropolis/the colony, urban/rural, Christian/Gentile, civilized/barbarian etc.)
• memory as a spatial art, museums, memorials, libraries, religious sites; rituals and ceremonies as temporal interpretations of cultural space (Nora 1984); cultural memory (Assmann 2011)
• the interactive and interdisciplinary understanding of literature from the Lebenswelt perspective: existentially relevant experience (space- and time-wise), in historical context
• symbolic representations of accepted history and of counter-histories

We are extremely pleased to announce that Prof. JOEP LEERSSEN, PhD (Universiteit van Amsterdam) has kindly agreed to be the general keynote speaker. He will be the recipient of a doctor honoris causa degree awarded by the University of Bucharest.

Proposals of 20-minute papers should be submitted by 1 September, 2014 in the form of an abstract not exceeding 200 words. As each paper will be followed by 10-minute discussions, participants are kindly asked to limit their presentation to the allotted time-slot.

Please confirm your intention to participate in the event by 1 September, 2014.


Professor MIHAELA IRIMIA, Ph.D. –

Ms. ANDREEA PARIS, Doctoral Student –

With very best wishes,

Prof. Mihaela Irimia, Ph.D.

Director of Studies
British Cultural Studies Centre