Dr. Melanie U. Pooch
DiverCity – Global Cities as a Literary Phenomenon.
Melanie U. Pooch holds a degree (Diplom) in English and Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Management from the University of Mannheim. She also received her doctoral degree at the University of Mannheim. Her research interests include Corporate Responsibility and North American cultural, urban, and literary studies in a globalizing age.
Due to the acceleration of cultural flows and the porosity of borders, cultural exchange in a globalizing age is increasingly understood and practiced multidirectionally. As a consequence, constructions such as ‘national identity’ are progressively questioned because cultural identity is being understood more flexibly and dynamically. Emerging in American discourse in the late 1970s, the term ‘diversity’ describes the process of individual and group identity formation, involving a range of different cultures. To analyze the type or degree of integration of specific ethnicities, minorities, or immigrants in a particular global city, the different forms and conceptualizations of diversity are examined.
Global cities are sites of intense, accelerated processes of cultural exchange, facilitated by their physical networks of transportation, communication, information, financial transactions, and digital networks. Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles are three of the largest, most culturally diverse, and globally connected metropolis in North America. While Los Angeles and New York are the American global cities, the preeminent Canadian global city of Toronto is included to show how different regional and national discourses impact cultural diversity in global cities in a globalizing age.
Based on the structured analysis of selected North American novels – Dionne Brand’s Toronto, What We All Long For (2005), Chang-rae Lee’s New York, Native Speaker (1995), and Karen Tei Yamashita’s Los Angeles, Tropic of Orange (1997) – this work examines global cities as a literary phenomenon (‘DiverCity’). Melanie U. Pooch provides the connecting link for exploring the triad of globalization and its effects, global cities as cultural nodal points, and cultural diversity in a globalizing age as a literary phenomenon. Thus, she contributes to a global, interdisciplinary, and multi-perspectival understanding of literature, culture, and society.
Corporate Responsibility: Linking Environmental Responsibility and Economic Success
Two lectures of the Masters seminar “Multiculturalism and Transnationalism in Canada and the US” by Prof. Dr. Ulfried Reichardt, Spring/Summer 2010, University of Mannheim
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