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Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World

Edited By Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Chatarina Edfeldt, Lung-Lung Hu, Herbert Jonsson and André Leblanc

This volume takes a broad outlook on the concept of transculturality. Contributions from 19 authors and specialists, of almost as many diverse origins, grapple with this concept, each in their own way. How can transculturality be described? How can it help us understand our world? Many of the chapters deal with literary texts, others with the stories told in movies, drama, and visual art. There are texts about the complexity of the European Burqa-Ban debate, the negative aspects of Portuguese multiculturalism, or the border-crossing experiences of Filipino immigrants in Ireland. Several chapters examine stereotypes, the idea of movement, the dissolution of cultural borders, or the nature of bilingual writing. It is a unique contribution to the field, on a virtually global scale.
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Travelling Art Cultures: Transcultural Identities Illustrated by Baltic Artists

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Introduction

Over the past decade, cross-border travels and communications of artists from the Baltic States have been increasing in quantity, becoming more multi-directional and expansive in distance. This has come as a result of the Baltic States’ accession into the European Union in 2004 and becoming part of the Schengen Zone in 2007. This is in stark contrast to when the Baltic States were part of the Soviet Union, where cross-border travel and communication were not officially permitted. These historic and ongoing transitions are of interest in seeing how Baltic artists’ contemporary travel patterns have an effect on their transcultural identities, through an exploration of their artwork.

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