REIMAGINING MARGINALITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

CELLA THIRD International Conference
27-28 August 2015

Center for the Humanities
American Institute of Cameroon,
Ngoketunjia Division, North West Region, Cameroon

The pluralistic, sophisticated and technocrazy nature of contemporary existence has blurred concepts like marginality and minority that are inherent in human existence. Because technology seems to have melted several existential boundaries, and because theories of global citizenry give the impression of free access to movement, the sense of being marginal is almost waning. However, the network of global philosophy and technological connectivity are themselves apparent mechanisms of marginalization especially in the postcolonial context. Postcolonial theorists, intellectuals and writers have taken the intellectual, political and moral authority to challenge representational claims made by dominant Western/imperial cultures. Paradoxically, while these writers and theorist confront Western ideology, more severe forms of marginality are gaining ground within postcolonial society in the form class, race, gender or religion or through the promoting of “hierarchical social structures and hegemonic cultural codes” (Huggan 2001: 20).The conference on “Reimagining Marginality in a Global World” provides an opportunity for the understanding of the rich variety of artistic, linguistic, literary, technological talent, cultural and sociological ideological positions, hermeneutic and epistemic alternatives that waist at the Margin because Centerism and Canonism deprive them of their valued places.
The paradox of reading and textualizing about the Margin finds essence in the fact that the Center involuntarily receives almost equal attention. Marginality is an“oppositional discursive strategy” (Huggan 2001: 20) but the terms used in the discourses ironically generate substantial amount of synergistic energy for each other.  However, the synergism between these terms does not often result in some form of regeneration; rather it breeds denial, rejection, stigmatization, undesirability, stereotyping and a whole range of negative connotations. To talk about the Margin is to talk about the Center; and to talk about the Center is to talk about the Margin. Thus, the Center is the Margin and the Margin is the Center depending on one’s view of where and what constitute the Center or Margin. This is because in the semantic isotopic paradigm related terminologies like marginal, powerless, peripheral, minor and non-canonical (for margins) and mainstream, powerful, canonical and major (for Center) are not only flexible and relative but are more importantly contextualizable.
This conference (which holds on August 27 & 28, 2015) seeks to generate a discourse on the centrality of Margins in a global world. We seek papers in the humanities (and beyond) that articulate a reconceptualization and recontextualization of Marginality and Subalternity. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
·         Individual marginality – the marginality of a person trapped in psychological uncertainty between two social worlds
·         Literary/Authorial marginality – marginality of a literature, a literary genre or an author in relation to the canonical, 
·         Linguistic marginality – the marginality of language(s) in relation to other languages in a given context or globally
·         Cultural marginality – the marginality of local cultures and traditions in a global culture-scape,
·         Geographic marginality – peripheral locations and their relationship to the metropolitan centers
·         Epistemic marginality – the marginality of an idea, concept, theory, methodology,
·         Exelic marginality – the marginality of exiles and/or immigrant and questions of citizenry in a global world
·         Media marginality – Dismantling technological and digital hierarchies
·         Minority discourse – Towards a theory of self-definition and integration

Any other topic(s) relevant to the theme of the Conference is/are welcomed.
Proposals for 20 minutes presentations and 1-hour plenary sessions are welcomed. Abstracts of 250 words in Ms Word format (Times New Roman, Font Size 12) should be submitted to: conference@cella-cameroon.org

MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Opening ceremony
Keynote Address(es)
KITAL 2015 Lectures
Plenary and Parallel sessions
Visit to Babungo Fun’s Palace and Museum
Cultural Night / Closing Ceremony

PARTICIPATION FEE
Research Scholars (Cameroon): 20.000frs
Research Students (Cameroon): 10.000frs

Research Scholars (International): $ 100.00
Research Students (International): $ 50.00
• Registration fee covers breakfast, complimentary lunch, and conference material

CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATION
Reduced accommodation cost at the Royal Gardens Hotel (3 Star) for early birds.
Contact 
Dr. Eunice Fombele eunice.fombele@cella-cameroon.org or 
Mme Mary Louisa Lum - louisa.lum@cella-cameroon.org

IMPORTANT DATES
Call for Papers: December 2014
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18th May 2015
Notification of selected abstracts: On rolling basis with deadline of 30thMay 2015
Conference Registration Deadline: 30th June 2015
Conference Date: 27th & 28th August 2015


Address inquiries to conference@cella-cameroon.org  

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Language, Literature and Ecoculture

Faculty of Arts, University of Buea
23-25 July 2014

“… the culture of nature –  the ways we think, teach, talk about, and construct the natural world – is as important a terrain for struggle as the land itself.”   (Alexander Wilson)

In the global economy, human cultures continue to shape and to be shaped by ecosystems through the process of modification and commodification of the environment. The dramatic worldwide decline in natural and cultural capital is an indication that ecological systems are becoming more vulnerable. In the intellectual domain, environmental sub-disciplines have emerged with a focus on how to seek solutions for the preservation and maintenance of social-ecological systems. Ecoculture informs and is informed by the body of eco-discourses that seek to preserve the connections between knowledge (local and scientific), nature and culture.  This conference seeks to generate challenging discussions on how cultural and natural processes inform, shape, shift and/or construct perceptions of and actions toward nature. Subthemes include but are not limited to:

Ecoculture Communication
Ecoculture and Ecocriticism
Ecoculture and Language Change
Eco-sustainability,
Eco-Self sufficiency,
Ecocultural Ethics
Ecocultural Symbolism
Eco-Connections (Lost)
Nature and Culture
Ecosystem and Human System
Ecoculture and Literary Creativity

Proposals for 20 minutes presentations and 1-hour plenary sessions are welcomed. Abstracts of 250 words in Ms Word format (Times New Roman, Font Size 12) should be submitted to: conference@cella-cameroon.org

MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Opening ceremony
Keynote Address(es)
KITAL 2014 Presentations
Plenary and Parallel sessions
Cultural Night
Closing Ceremony


REGISTRATION FEE
Scholars (Cameroon): 20.000frs
Students (Cameroon): 10.000frs

 Scholars (International): $ 100.00
Students (International): $ 50.00

• Registration fee includes breakfast, complimentary lunch, and conference material
• Registration fee does not include accommodation.


IMPORTANT DATES
Call for Papers: January 2013
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 9th June 2014
Notification of selected abstracts: 30th June 2014
Registration Deadline: 30th June 2014


KEY RESOURCE PERSONS
Professor Nol Alembong, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Buea
Professor Shadrach Ambanason, University of Bamenda
Professor John Nkemngong Nkengasong, University of Yaounde 1
Dr. Oscar Labang, American Institute of Cameroon, Missouri USA
Dr. Hans Fonka, PK Fokam Institute of Excellence, Yaounde
Dr. Eunice Fombele, University of Buea
Ms Louisa Lum, University of Douala

Organizer: 
Dr Oscar C. Labang
Chair, Cameroon English Language and Literature Association

Convener
Professor Nalova Lyonga

Vice Chancellor, University of Buea