The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

Cultural Landscapes and Critical Possibilities: Perspectives on the Local & Global
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
February 13-15, 2015
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

“The critical point is that both sides of the coin of global cultural process today are products of the infinitely varied mutual contest of sameness and difference on a stage characterized by radical disjunctures between different sorts of global flows and the uncertain landscapes created in and through these disjunctures” – Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”
Inspired by activism which is both powered by and influences new uses of technology, this year’s Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies seeks to engage discussions on the linkages between the local and global, as well as material and digital spaces. Recent scholarship that examines how social relationships, experiences and innovations exist in a complex global system provides models for critical interventions into the power structures that order these connected spaces. Analyses of these networks elucidate the tensions that build and re-order the dynamics of global production, migration and ideology. With these emerging social modalities in mind, this year’s Ray Browne Conference draws from Arjun Appadurai’s innovative scholarship on global cultural flows to create a diverse dialogue centered on formations of the spatial, temporal and digital realms that pervade our everyday lives.

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