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Proceedings of the Second Annual Social Theory Forum, April 6-7, 2005, UMass Boston—Theories and Praxes of Difference: Revisiting Edward Said in the Age of New Globalizations | OKCIR: Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research
The Second Annual Meeting of the Social Theory Forum, held on April 6-7, 2005, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was devoted to the theme “Theories and Praxes of Difference: Revisiting Edward Said in the Age of New Globalizations.” The life and works of the late Edward Said, the prolific thinker, scholar, and cultural critic was revisited to serve as a guiding (though not necessarily exclusive) theme to explore our meanings and theories of difference in the applied settings of our self, global, and world-historical narratives. Said’s writings have exposed the underpinnings of the Orientalist looking glass self images of the East in the mind of the West, and ushered a lively, sophisticated, and long lasting critical dialogue in our academic and public forums—leading among others to debates on Occidentalism as well, that is, the romanticizations of the West in the eyes of the East. The conference dialogue on difference paid special attention to the context of the allegedly new globalizations of the long-inherited clashes of our colonialisms and anti-colonialisms— in the hopes of finding creative and peaceful ways out of the vicious cycles in favor of authentic selves and liberating world-histories. [read more ... ]