Donnerstag 26. März 2015 — Samstag 28. Februar 2015 — Campus Illberg, FLSH, Jazzcampus Basel

American Multiculturalism in Context

Prof. Samuel Ludwig, UHA Mulhouse

Thursday, 26th March 2015 (Mulhouse, ENSISA Werner, Campus Illberg): after 9h hot coffee and tea, registration

10 -­‐11h Welcome—Sämi Ludwig (UHA Mulhouse, France)
11 -­‐12h Plenary: Edward Mortimer (All Souls College, Oxford, UK) “Guests or Comrades? The Rights of Migrants in the Workplace”
12 -­‐14h Lunch Centre Sportif
14-­‐15.30h Workshop Presentations

Workshop 1: Contemporary literature-­‐1 (room XXX, Chair: Kamel Igoudjil)
a) Selma Erdogdu (TU Dortmund University, Germany) “True to Life? Reading Multicultural Fiction”
b) Fernando Valerio-­‐Holguín (Colorado State University, USA) “Transnationalism, Multiculturalism, and Cosmopolitanism: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz”
c) Enikő Maior (Partium Christian University, Oradea, Romania) “Multiculturalism in Gary Shteyngart’s novel Little Failure”

Workshop 2: Minority Aesthetics (room XXX, Chair: Ewa Luczak)
a) Natalia Vysotska (Kiev National Linguistic University, Ukraine) “Multiculturalism as a Challenge to Aesthetic Theory”
b) Alexandre Pierrepont (Sorbonne University, Paris 5, France) “(New) Yorubas in the (New) World”
c) Richard Hardack (independent scholar, UC Berkeley, USA)
“The Final Exile: Race, the Dead Living and the Diaspora” 15.30-­‐16h Coffee break
16-­‐17.30h Workshop Presentations

Workshop 3: Representation (room XXX, chair: L. Curelly)
a) Charlaine Ostmann (UHA Mulhouse, France)
“The Zuni Concepts of Colors, as Expressed by Their Art and Oral Histories”
b) Ewa B. Luczak (University of Warsaw, Poland)
“Multiculturalist Vanguard?: The Anti-­‐Eugenicism of Wallace Thurman and George S. Schuyler”
c) Peggy Bloomer (Southern New Hampshire University, U.S.A.) “Walker Evans: A Discerning Lens of American Multiculturalism”
Workshop 4: Arab Americans (room XXX, Chair: Jiří Šalamoun, Eniko Maior)
a) Bouchra Bouterra & Toufik Lachouri (Université 20 août 1955, Skikda, Algeria) “Arab-­‐Americans: the Rebirth of a New Nation”
b) Siham Arfaoui Abidi (University of Jendouba, Tunisia)
“Ex/tension Of/In a ‘Nation Peopled by the World’: Evaluating Kaleidoscopic Motifs in Arab/Asian American Novels”
c) Rim Khaled (University of Tunis, Tunisia)
“‘D’ici et d’ailleurs’: Hybridity, Double Standards and the Western Arab-­‐Muslim Woman”
transfer to downtown Mulhouse

18 -­‐19h Reception Old Town Hall of Mulhouse
19 -­‐21h Presentation Carla Blank (dancer, scholar, Oakland, U.S.A.) film screening: The Space in the Back of You, Q&A

Friday, 27th March 2015 (Basel, Jazz School Campus):
09-­‐10h Bus transfer of participants from Mulhouse to Basel 10-­‐11.30h: Workshop Presentations

Workshop 5: Immigration and the City (room XXX, Chair: Craig Hamilton)
a) Marc S. Rodriguez (Portland State University, U.S.A.)
“The Latino Condition: Understanding Multiculturalism and Pan-­‐Latino Ethnicity in the USA”
b) Deniz Daser (Rutgers University, U.S.A.)
“Honduran Migration to New Orleans: Contextualizing Multiculturalism Through Histories of Capital and Labor”
c) Hilary Sanders (Université de Paris Diderot, France)
“Intersecting Immigrant Integration and Racial Politics: Multilingualism and the Discourse of Multiculturalism in the City of Brotherly Love”

Workshop 6: Other Multiculturalisms—Europe (room XXX, Chair: Linda Sue Warner)
a) Evelyne Troxler (Université Populaire, Mulhouse, France) “Should I stay or should I go? Multiculturalism in Mulhouse”
b) Peter André Bloch (UHA Mulhouse, France)
“André Weckmann and the Influence of American Literature on Modern Alsatian Poetry”
c) Daniel Telli (Lia Rumantscha, Switzerland)
“Romansh – How a Struggling Language Tries to Remain Vital” 11.30-­‐12.30h sandwich lunch

12.30 -­‐14h: Workshop Presentations

Workshop 7: Other Multiculturalisms—World (room XXX, Chair: Philip Schweighauser)
a) Chang Liu (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
“Multiculturalism and Its Dilemma in Selected Chinese Patriotic Song Lyrics”
b) Abderrezak Dourari (Algiers 2 University, Director of CNPLET/Ministry of Education, Algeria)
“Managing Cultural Diversity: Multiculturalism and Citizenship in America and Algeria”
c) Reza Mohammadi (UHA Mulhouse, France)
“Managing Lingual Diversity: Multiculturalism and Language in Iran”

Workshop 8: President Obama and American Politics (room XXX, Chair: Richard Hardack)
a) Chris Johnson (Eugene Lang College, New York City, U.S.A.) “Race, Faith and the Prophetic Image of Barack Obama”
b) Lea Stephan (Université Toulouse 2 Jean-­‐Jaurès, France)
“The Evolution of Political Multiculturalism in the United States: the Example of Barack Obama and Affirmative Action”
c) Saïd Ouaked (Université de Limoges, France)
“American Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: Domestic vs. International Issues”

14-­‐18h time off to spend the afternoon in Basel 18:15h: Keynote Ishmael Reed (writer, Oakland, U.S.A.)
“Jazz Artists as Diversity Pioneers”

18:45h: nibbles
19:30h: Performance: Ishmael Reed poetry recital with musicians from the Jazz School, followed by a presentation with Tennessee Reed. Music until 21h.
21-­‐22h: Bus transfer back to Mulhouse

Saturday, 28th March 2015 (Mulhouse, Campus Illberg, FLSH): after 9h hot coffee or tea (room 210)
10-­‐12h Workshop Presentations

Workshop 9: American Education (salle 207, chair: Yann Kerdiles)
a) M. Kamel Igoudjil (American University in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.)
“Rethinking Multiculturalism: Critical Pedagogy and Critical Literacy in Education”
b) Laurie Béreau (Université de Strasbourg, France)
“Multicultural Education in the Light of Current Education Reform: Irreconcilable Differences?”
c) Amanda de Varona & Saghar Leslie Naghib (University of Miami, U.S.A.) “Identity Politics in the ESL Classroom”
d) Christopher G. Diller (Berry College, GA, U.S.A.)
“The Multicultural Protest Poetry of American Civil Rights Activist John Beecher”
Workshop 10: Ishmael Reed (salle 203, chair: Jennifer K. Dick)
a) Jiří Šalamoun (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
“Writing for Multiculturalism: Argument-­‐based Satire of Ishmael Reed against New Racism”
b) Yuqing Lin (China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China) “Didn’t I Tell You?—The Hoodoo Conjurer of Japanese by Spring”
c) Leila Kamali (Brunel University, London, GB)
“‘A Story To Birth Me’: Multiculturalism and Narrative Play in African American and Black British Writing”
d) Mohamed Raouf Guelmami (Jendouba University, Tunisia)
“Ishmael Reed versus Thomas Sowell: Diachronic Issues, Synchronic Challenges” 12-­‐14h Lunch Centre Sportif

14-­‐16h Workshop Presentations

Workshop 11: Politics of Multiculturalism (salle 207, chair: Laurent Berec)
a) Roxane Hughes (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
“Multicultural or Destitute Hawai’i?: Re-­‐visioning the Symbolism of the Aloha Shirt”
b) Astrid Starck-­‐Adler (UHA Mulhouse, France) “Yiddish Within American Multiculturalism”
c) Linda Sue Warner (Northeastern A & M College, OK, U.S.A.) “Contextualizing Multiculturalism: American Indians as Outsiders”
d) Christèle Le Bihan (Université de Poitiers, France) “Multiculturalism in the United States: A fait accompli?”
Workshop 12: Contemporary Literature-­‐2 (salle 207, chair: Bouchra Bouterra)
e) Jennifer K. Dick (UHA Mulhouse, France)
“Craig Santos Perez and Myung Mi Kim: Voicing the Integral Divide: Transcending Suffering by Reshaping American History and Language”
f) Arpa Ghosh (Vivekananda College for Women, Kolkata, India)
“Straddling Worlds: A Comparative Study of the Multicultural Experiences of Anurag Mathur and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”
g) Marlon Lieber (Goethe-­‐Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
“A Critical Theory of Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Colson Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt”
h) Cynthia S. Hamilton (Liverpool Hope University, UK)
“Detecting Multiculturalism: Destabilising the Status Quo in the Hard-­‐boiled Formula”

16-­‐16.30h Coffee break
16.30h Roundtable Discussion (salle 201) 19-­‐22h Conference Dinner .... restaurant tba

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