“Intercultural Exchanges in the Age of Globalization”: volume published by LAP, Lambert Academic Publishing

Between 12 and 18 May 2014, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (ROMENIA) celebrated 45 years of uninterrupted tradition of higher education in Sibiu. The Center for Philological and Intercultural Research (CPIR), set up in 2005 at the Faculty of Letters and Arts, promoted the international conference, entitled Intercultural Exchanges in the Age of Globalization. The Conference was addressed to all academics, researchers, doctoral students, from Romania and abroad, interested in the topic.

On May 16 2014, I had enrolled myself in this initiative with a communication titled “A different approach to surface manifestations on the Web 2.0 – the example of ac2012.com, based on the ideology of Aleister Crowley”.

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This my communication’s abstract, as presented  on Panel X – Media and Communication Studies:
“To further understand the “surface manifestations” conveyed through social networks, blogs, among other platforms prolific throughout the web 2.0, this text proposes an examination of the impact of globalization in the generation of contestatory intercultural awareness gathered around cultural minorities. The theoretical approach will be grounded on the analysis made by authors such as Umberto Eco and George Simmel, among others, and will use as a central example the online platform AC2012 (ac2012.com), devoted to the promotion of the deceased British occultist Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) to president of the United States of America. His motto Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law, expressed in his “Liber AL vel Legis” (“The Book of the Law”), synthesizes a message of freedom, central to the AC2012 platform’s conveyance, through the use of humor, controversy and irreverence, of a parallel anti-campaign to the United States presidential election held in 2012. This campaign, which obviously didn’t affect the outcome of the election, moved people worldwide, thus demonstrating the power of technology as a vehicle for the promotion of interculturality.”

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Now, I am pleased to announce you, that the volume Intercultural Exchanges in the Age of Globalization has just been published at the LAP, Lambert Academic Publishing. This volume gathers most of the communications and studies presented at the International Conference, mine included. It can be purchased via the publishing house, HERE.

Multumesc foarte mult:
Alina BAKO (CPIR)
Professor PhD Gheorghe MANOLACHE (Head of the CPIR) Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Acknowledgements must be addressed here to fellow researchers Ana Carvalho and Filipe Silva, who in distinct phases resourcefully reviewed my paper and contributed with their insights and suggestions. Thank you so much!