[Blueboard] English Dept Literature Conference

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Fri Jan 26 16:22:56 PHT 2007

In February 1 to 3, 2007, the Philippines plays host, through the Ateneo de
Manila University, to Reading Asia, Forging Identities in Literature:  Policy,
Research, and Practice.  This international conference locates the ground where
literature and the region's concern for plural yet pronounced Asian identities
interact as concurrent discourses.  It looks at the reading experience across
Asia---what Asia reads, the languages and forms in which its literatures
flower, the collective interests that the region projects on the literary
screen, and intriguing analogues of culture, politics, and the postcolonial
struggle that Asia gleans from literature.

Through cultural encounters in literature, the conference pursues how Asia
manages new expressions of ethnic diversity while closely guarding its
mainstreams of tradition, belief, and practices.  Panel presentations focus on
examining the role of language and translation, forms of spoken and written
English in the classroom, emerging genres and new voices in the region. 
Special attention to Asian approaches to the principled practice of literature
makes Reading Asia the apt venue for policy makers, researchers, educators, and
artists in exchanging notes on how literary studies leads to the responsible
management of Asia's many cultures.

Plenary speakers include Suchen Christine Lim (Singapore), Nobuko Takagi
(Japan), Romesh Gunesekera (UK), Soledad Reyes (Philippines), and Bienvenido
Lumbera (Philippines).

Please address all queries to Isabel Pefianco Martin, the conference director,
at litconf at admu.edu.ph or the Department of English, telefax (632) 426-6120.

This conference is co-sponsored by the British Council of the Philippines, Japan
Foundation, Philippine Airlines, and Anvil Publishing, Inc.

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