Change is the only constant. This old saying appropriately describes our present reality where change is occurring at a rapid pace at all levels of the society, thanks to global networks of communication and connectivity. In relation to this, recent theories that have been proposed to describe, explain or criticise how and why societies and cultures are changing so quickly place much emphasis on the forces of globalisation and their impact on humanity. Prominent scholars like Appadurai (1990) and Bhabha (1990) consider the global cultural flows of ethnoscapes, technoscapes, finanscapes, mediascapes and ideoscapes, and the processes of cultural hybridity resulting from diasporic, transnational, and global encounters to be responsible for the cultural evolution and revolution happening in various social spaces, affecting the way we perceive ourselves and the world, how we connect with each other, and how we should live. In this new, fast-paced reality that we live in, culture is claimed to be transformative (and not static), contentious (and not just congratulatory), and heterogeneous (and not only homogeneous). This notion of culture calls for a global cultural consciousness which requires people to interact appropriately with new cultures that are different from their own and to continuously adapt and re-adapt to the incessant changes that take place.
While changes are celebrated within the positivist contexts of heterogeneity, multiculturalism and difference, they have also been viewed from an alternative perspective as elements of instability, flux, and uncertainty that engender fear, anxiety and ambivalence, as well as resistance and opposition. One of the imminent concerns is the loss of traditional identities, roles and relationships, with which comes the pressure to preserve ways of life and the values that we have known. It is thus fitting that we turn to culture, language and literature to investigate how identities, values and other related discourses are defined, negotiated, or articulated through the theme of change and preservation. This is particularly important in the context of Asia where the onslaught of global encounters may be more challenging given the values, traditions and beliefs held by eastern cultures. Issues and concerns in language, literature and culture that have emerged in the last two decades within the highly multicultural and multilingual Asian contexts should be critically analysed in relation to the phenomena of change and preservation to provide new knowledges and insights that would contribute towards better global interaction and understanding.
Given the above, the main objective of The 5th International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Culture (ICLLIC 2019) is to be a platform for teachers, researchers and scholars to share their research ideas on emerging issues in language, literature and culture in Asia and to form alliances with one another and work towards developing new knowledges that will contribute towards the abovementioned fields of study, and benefit humanity.
Academic presentations of theoretical and applied in nature in all fields relating to linguistics, literature and culture in Asian context are welcome. For list of Asian countries, please click here.
ICLLIC 2019 also welcomes non-presenting participants.
The language of the conference is English.
There will be 2 publication opportunities for ICLLIC 2019 participants:
EXTENDED ABSTRACTS (e-proceeding with e-ISBN)
FULL PAPERS (Scopus-indexed publication in KEMANUSIAAN the Asian Journal of Humanities)