Friday, March 14, 2008

CFP: "Transmodernity: Managing Global Communication," Romanian Association of Semiotic Studies, Bacau and Slanic-Moldovia, October 23-25, 2008.

The time for a great change of paradigm – the shift from postmodernity to transmodernity – has already come. Setting out from existing transformations, diversities (experienced as difference), varieties (perceived as absence of sameness, of routine and monotony), alterities (through a continuous transgressing of borders), transmodernity foregrounds the new phenomenon of the “network world”. The increased cultural complexity of the global(izing/ized) world, which seems to be the raison d’être for “trans-”prefixed domains of action has turned into fertile ground for cross-breeding between several areas of research, such as management, communication studies, marketing and semiotics. How can transborder exchanges come to terms with processes within borders, how do international power relations influence structures mapped within frontiers, how can differences, varieties etc. be decoded and understood, how can communication be conducted in a “networld” where everything is produced and interpreted at a global level? How can the “relational dynamism” of this new (transcultural) “netocracy” be communicated and controlled? What is its new rhetoric like? These are just few questions to be debated upon during the 2nd ROASS international conference “Transmodernity: Managing Global Communication”. The papers can be defended in English, French, or Romanian. Further information is here:

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