Re-Imagining Language and Literature for the 21st Century: Selected Proceedings of the XXII International Congress of Fillm Held at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand from 19-23 August 2002

Re-Imagining Language and Literature for the 21st Century: Selected Proceedings of the XXII International Congress of Fillm Held at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand from 19-23 August 2002

Re-Imagining Language and Literature for the 21st Century: Selected Proceedings of the XXII International Congress of Fillm Held at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand from 19-23 August 2002

Re-Imagining Language and Literature for the 21st Century: Selected Proceedings of the XXII International Congress of Fillm Held at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand from 19-23 August 2002

Synopsis

In 28 essays selected from the proceedings of the XXII International Congress of FILLM held at Assumption University, Bangkok, scholars and teachers of languages & literatures have noted, bemoaned and analyzed the waning influence of the humanities to varying degrees. They have raised questions, offered solutions and vigorously defended their languages and literatures, often in no uncertain terms. The papers presented here are true to the spirit of the Congress from the moment of the keynote address to what followed in a spontaneous outbreak of voices from scholars of more than 70 universities throughout the world. For the first time, in an international congress, scholars have described with great sensitivity many languages and literatures often considered the periphery, in a sincere attempt to understand the other', thus making a passionate plea for inclusion in the umbrella of the world's languages and literatures.

Excerpt

After an interval of 33 years, the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures returned to Asia for its triennial Congress in the year 2002. During this period of time, these Congresses had traveled from India to England, Australia, France, the United States, Hungary, Canada, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Germany, and Zimbabwe. Now fillm (from the Federation’s French name–Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes) embraced a proposal from Assumption University of Thailand to host its xxii Congress in Bangkok from 19–23 August 2002.

What made this proposal unique is that Assumption University is chiefly known for excellence in management studies and language education for business. in an age when many voices question the relevance of the traditional humanities for the post-modern world, some might find this an unlikely venue for a Congress promoting language and literature. Not so FILLM’s President Maria Alzira Seixo. She found it exciting and hopeful that a forward-looking school of management should make the promotion of the humanities, specifically of languages and literatures, its business. Such a venue could expand the possibilities for interdisciplinary dialogue, already a goal of each Congress. For FILLM’s chief aim, as one of the twelve constituent member federations of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies of . . .

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