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U.Va. Scholars Examine Changing Global Identities

February 4, 2011 — The University of Virginia's Center for International Studies will host a symposium, "Transnationalism Inside Out," featuring U.Va. faculty, on Feb. 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. in Rouss-Robertson Hall, room 403. A reception will follow in the Colonnade Club in Pavilion VII.

The interdisciplinary symposium will explore the concept of transnationalism in literature, politics, sociology and history as scholars seek to understand cultural phenomena related to diaspora, or migration from a perceived ancestral homeland, and how ethnic and national communities have become more hybrid and multicultural around the globe.

Organized by Youngmin Kim, a visiting scholar who is an English professor at Dongguk University in Seoul, the symposium will include talks and panel discussions by several College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, including: Jahan Ramazani, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English; Olivier Zunz, Commonwealth Professor of History; Stephen Fuchs, professor of sociology; Brantly Womack, Cumming Memorial Professor of Foreign Affairs; Randolph D. Pope, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature; Karen Ryan, professor of Slavic language and literature; Anna Brickhouse, associate professor of American studies and hemispheric studies; and Allen Lynch, Hugh S. & Winifred B. Cumming Memorial Chair of Politics.

The National Research Foundation of Korea provided funding for the symposium. At U.Va., Kim has received support from the Center for International Studies, the New Literary History journal, the East Asia Center and the English Department.

— By Anne Bromley

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