During the later part of the 20th century, and even in the first years of the 21st , the public realm was widely colored, if not flooded with discourses and arguments concerning globalization.
The least that one can say is that the reference to globalization is no longer made with the same strength, and nor is it all encompassing. One important aspect of references to globalization was related to culture. Accordingly, the pro- and anti- globalization discourses foresaw an effective impact of globalization on cultures, pushing them toward homogeneity. Considering the possibility of homogeneity of cultures can be useful in understanding the motivations, processes, and outcomes of cultural changes. Cultures certainly change, as they have changed throughout human history. Homogeneity as a predetermined outcome of these processes of cultural change is much more problematic.
Considering processes of cultural changes, two sets of influencing factors could be considered. The first of these are the 'inner dynamics of cultural transformations' and the 'outer influences in cultural transformations', and the second 'cultural transformations in “normal” times', and the 'cultural transformations in times of crisis'. Based on these two sets of factors, it will be argued in this presentation that it might be possible to grasp the sense, depth, reversibility or not of acculturation and enculturation as possible ways of considering contradictory trends in cultural change.
Speaker: Modjtaba Sadria
Wednesday 27 August: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Industry Engagement Room, Building 37, Level 3, Room 18