What is Culture Shock?

The University at Buffalo English Club is proud to present its second Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference—Culture Shock. The goal of the 2015 Conference is to approach culture shock in its many forms. Foreign lands and unfamiliar territory can conjure a visceral reaction in even the most seasoned adventurer, yet culture shock is not just a sensation reserved for the world traveler. The alien takes many forms in our day to day lives, and how we negotiate “otherness” invites responses ranging from the verbal to the visual, from confusion to fascination. Culture shock can be divisive, it can polarize our world, but it seems to be a necessary growing pain in an ever-growing, exponentially intricate, global community. When we allow multiple academic disciplines to collide, perhaps we create a microcosm of this larger, international phenomenon that is culture shock.

– Ed Spangenthal


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