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The Dialogue among Civilizations and how to Not make it a Western Monologue

Where: University of Sistan and Baluchistan, Zahedan, Iran

When: Dec 1, 2012 (15-17 pm)

Organizer: Organizer: Dr. A. Doostdar, President of the Center for International Scientific Studies and Collaboration (CISSC); Dr. S. A. Mirhosseini (CISSC)

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HostA. Rezvani (Chancellor), A. Torkamanzehi (Vize-Chancellor), University of Sistan and Baluchistan, Zahedan, Iran

Abstract: From grassroots movements like the many "East-West' centers or conferences to big institutions like the United Nations, many people talk about the so-called "Dialogue among Civilizations'. Most of that dialogue is in English. What's in there for the non-West?

Purpose: Real dialogue must respect foreign cultural originality, key terminologies, names, titles and so on.

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Why: Examples from the New York TimesNature, and Science Magazine will be given how those and other aligned Anglo-Saxon media often promote a strict English only policy that effectively prevents undesirable cultures and their terminologies to enter the Western public sphere.

What's the difference: Our knowledge(s) of each other would expand and enrich, which is the opposite of the current mainstream to simply translate all foreign originality into approximates of the English language.

Scenario: A thought-scenario will be given in which Europe, in particular Germany, adopt the Chinese tradition and import Chinese terminologies and taxonomies. Evidently, there will be observable differences; hence language matters more than most educated people would readily admit.

Big idea: Real dialogue doesn't avoid foreign terminologies; it tries to accommodate them.

Thank you!

Key words: Dialogue among civilizations, Western monologue, loanwords, English acronyms, originality, cultural creativity, linguistic imperialism, Iran, Zahedan, Scientific Studies, CISSC, Pattberg, Global Language, public intellectuals, Eastern languages, Persian

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Dr. Thorsten J. Pattberg (裴德思 Pei Desi) is a German philosopher and cultural critic.

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