“Transitions: Race, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change” was the topic of the 31st annual conference of the AAAS. The event took place on November 5-7, 2004, at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg.
The Salzburg conference will concentrate on the broad concept of transition with all its implications concerning the United States: changes and exchanges, variety and variation, difference and diversity, renewal and reform, migration and emigration, globalisation and glocalisation, metamorphosis and modification, adaptation and negotiation. With an emphasis on race and ethnicity, the conference will question the meaningfulness of distinctions and boundaries – racial, class-based, gender-oriented, religious, political, social, cultural – in a changing world. We are facing a search for identity in a time of socio-political strife and neoliberalism, with cultural norms, social structures, political systems, and national frontiers collapsing. How can we set up new standards? How do we cope with the chaos that sometimes accompanies utopian dreams? Our aim is to contribute to the discourse about the challenges the new millennium is bringing along with it and the literary, historical, political, and social contexts that gave rise to these challenges. How did it all begin and where does it lead to?
Department of English and American Studies