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"Imagine All the People (De-)Constructing National Identities" will be the topic of Old Dominion University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Fourth Annual International Symposium, April 6-8.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building. It is co-sponsored by Old Dominion's College of Arts and Letters, Center for Regional and Global Study, and Office of International Programs.

Featuring keynote speaker Tino Villanueva, a leading Chicano poet, scholar and painter, the symposium will discuss the (de-)construction of national identities and ideologies in various cultures of the Old and New World by framing this multifaceted process from a variety of academic disciplines. Villanueva, who teaches in the Spanish departments at Boston University and the College of William and Mary, will give the keynote address, "Reflecting Chicano Culture: A Poetry Recital with Commentary," at 4:45 p.m. April 6.

The symposium will also feature two films: "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" (Robert Young, 1983) from 6-8 p.m. April 6 and "Bye, Bye" (Karim Dridi, 1996) from 6-8 p.m. April 7. Both films will be shown in the Batten Arts and Letters Building, Room 104.

Opening remarks for the symposium will be made by Karen Gould, dean of Old Dominion's College of Arts and Letters, and Frederick A. Lubich, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Speakers from colleges and universities across the country will present the following discussions:

·Religion and International Relations: A Look at the Relationship Between God, Man and the State in Religious Literature
·Writing and Identity from the Fringes: Jewish Minority Literature in
·Islam and the West: Cooperation, Confrontation or Ambivalence?
·Symbols, Stereotypes and Images of Germans in the American University Curriculum: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
·Minority Family Portraits in Recent American Cinema
·Evolutions in 20th-Century American Literature: Capitalism and Cross-Cultural Critique in James, Nabakow and DeLillo
·Building the Basque Nation Through Literature: 16th-Century Texts
·History, Fiction and the Search for National Identity in Spanish Neoclassical Theater
·Sexual Politics and Spanish Civil Rights in the Novels of Eduardo Mendicutti
·Crossing Borders - A Personal Account
·The Assassination(s) of Angel Vicente Penaloza: Historical Inventions, Popular Memories and the De-Construction of the Argentine National Imaginary
·Gendered Nationalism vs. Fascist Internationalism? Maria de Smeth's Secret Mission in the Spanish Civil War
·Name and Nation: The Story Paolo Marz
·The Changes in Ethnic Identity as a Result of Migration
·Japanese Women in the Eyes of German Literature at the Fin de Siecle
·Germany's 'Mountain of Destiny': Nanga Parbat and the Project of National Self-Representation
·Constructing a New Germany: Postwar Institutions and Changing Identity
·Romanticizing the 'Dark Continent': The Anesthetization of Africa in German Travel Writing·
- Leopold Sedar Senghor: Two Cultures, Two Continents
·Post-Colonial Children-Narrators in Belghoul, Beyala and Sebbar
·Unsettling Experiences: Transnational Dialogue of Necessity in Sakinna Bouhedenna's Journal, Nationalite: immigre(e)
·Multiculturalism, Interracial Relationships and the Transformation of French Identity in Mathieu Kassovitz's Films Metisse (1993) and La Haine (1995)
·'Une Rose Par Excellence': Deconstructing Identity in Maurice Blanchot's Entretie Infin and L'arret de mort
·The State of the Nation in the Contemporary Exilic Lebanese Novel
·Modernity in Black: W.E.B. DuBois and the (Re-)Construction of African-American Identity
·Forgotten Muscular Memories: (Re-)Constructing German Identity in the 18th Century
·Berthold Auerbach's Deutscher Volkskalender: Editing as Political Agenda
·The Alleged Primordiality of Europe: Remarks on Heidegger's Letter on Humanism
·The Openness of Identity: Postmodern Selfhood and Democratic Pluralism
·'Der Sudsee-Einbruch:' Miscegenation and National Identity in Gottfriend Benn's Primitivism German Images: Memory and National Identity in Fassbinder's Cinema
·Habsburg-Ottoman Encounters: Symbols of Power in a State of Powerlessness
·Empiricist Empires: Hofmannsthal's Disorienting Orientalism
·Constructing an Austrian Nation: How a Non-Nationalist Alternative Pan-Germanism Was Transformed into a Right Wing Nationalist Project
·The Art of Provoking: Thomas Bernhard's and Michael Scharang's Attacks on Austria
·The Austrian Alps, Pulp Fiction and the Topographical and Generic Beyond: On Marlene Streeruwitz's Serial Novel Lisa's Love

For more information contact Lubich at 683-3981 or flubich@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: March 19, 2001

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