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10.06.2018 11:41 Alter: 8 days

Cultural Borders and Border Cultures

Call for Papers

Theme: Cultural Borders and Border Cultures
Subtitle: Re-Learning to Be Human
Type: International Conference
Institution: RVP Iași Center, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Location: Iași (Romania)
Date: 2.–3.11.2018
Deadline: 30.9.2018


As part of RVP Iași Center’s project Re-Learning to be Human for
Global Times: The Role of Intercultural Encounters, which focuses on
the role of intercultural encounters, the November 2-3 conference
attempts to investigate the meaningful experiences of cultural
borders and the complex realities of border cultures. Discussions on
these topics can take into account of the following aspects:

- A border is typically defined as an exterior limit, a surrounding
line or the confines of a country, or any regions of land. However, a
border can be also understood as a boundary that delineates a
community and separates it from others. This sense of boundary can
refer to what people consciously or unconsciously want to keep or
change as their own cultural borders.

- A border marks the contiguity of several spaces or territories
where different communities meet. It is a formalized place of transit
which allows interaction and exchange of different peoples and
cultures. Around the borders hybrid identities are produced by
diverse and heterogeneous border-crossing activities. The emergence
of border identities brings together dissimilar elements, which
cannot be defined only by one side, but rather must be understood as
a dynamic product of multi-facet interactions and exchanges.

- Border cultures thus become “fusion spaces” where two or more
cultures not only share the same border territory but also interact
and integrate with one another. As our world is increasingly shaped
by the processes of hybridization and intermingling, different
symbols and stories become more intimately interwoven with the
locals. The borderland as a producer of new cross-cultural identities
presages what could happen in many regions of the contemporary world
characterized by multiple identities and deterritorialization.

- Cultures are neither stereotypical nor fixed, but shaped and
reshaped through constant interactions with other cultures. Whereby
people discover new meanings from their own (already hybrid) cultural
understandings. A culture is not necessarily bound by a territory;
rather it is people who are the carriers, movers, consumers, and
inventors of cultures. When moving from one place to another, they
carry their cultures – and borders – with them.

If we consider these particularities of cultural borders and border
cultures, then borders can be considered to engender cross-cultural
identities and hybrid identities in a continuous process of
evolution. Thus, it is more meaningful to talk about the dynamic of
life and the meaning of cultural realities. Hence, this conference
invites contributions of, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Re-examining cultural borders
- Bridging cultural differences
- Cross-cultural identities and hybridization
- Border cultures: narratives from within and without
- Cultural and intercultural values in re-learning to be human for
 global times

It is hoped that scholars and thinkers from around the world will be
able to share their experiences and understandings of intercultural
encounters within, across and beyond cultural borders.


Please send 300 words and a brief C.V. to Professors Dan Chițoiu
[] and Oana Cogeanu [] and by September 30, 2018. Accepted papers will be
published in the conference proceedings.


There is no registration fee. All travel expenses and hotel costs
will be covered by the participants (or their home institutions). The
local organizer will help locate less expensive hotels and provide
some meals during the conference.


Dan Chițoiu and Oana Cogeanu
RVP Iași Center
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Email:  and