>From: Dr Rob Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Multiculturalism, Conflict and
>Belonging (UK) (5/25/07; 9/3/07-9/5/07)
>1st Global Conference
>Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging
>Monday 3rd September - Wednesday 5th September 2007
>Mansfield College, Oxford
>Call for Papers
>This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the new
>and prominent place that the idea of culture has for the construction
>of identity and the implications of this for social membership in
>contemporary societies. In particular the project will also assess the
>larger context of major world transformations, for example, new forms
>of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as
>well as the impact and contribution of globalisation on tensions,
>conflicts and the sense of rootedness and belonging. Looking to
>encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome
>papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle
>to understand what it means for people, the world over, to forge
>identities in rapidly changing national, social and cultural contexts.
>In this project, culture is primarily conceived in relation to the
>dimension of the political and in interrelation with the politics of
>social belonging. In this context, culture is understood as having
>profound consequences over life, experience and behaviour, both
>forming and informing political actions, positions and orientations.
>Conflict and social belonging are grounded in this context.
>Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the
>1. Challenging Old Concepts of Self and Other
>~ Who is self and who is other?
>~ The new value of social diversity and cultural multiplicity;
>breaking with homogeneity and sameness
>~ What is the place of difference and alterity, of normality and
>normalisation in defining identity and membership
>~ How to account for social membership and cultural identity?
>~ Making sense of transformations and their effects over culture,
>identity and membership
>~ Othering, excluding, stygmatising
>2. Nations, Nationhood and Nationalisms
>~ What does it mean, today, to belong to a nation?
>~ New migrants, new migratory flows and massive movements from
>peripheral to central countries
>~ Resurgence of the local and the diminishing importance of the national
>~ Are we living post-national realities?
>~ What is the place of cultural claims in todayís forms of social
>~ Assimilation, integration, adaptation and other forms of placing the
>responsibility of change on the Other
>3. Institutions, Organizations and Social Movements
>~ Evaluating the promises and institutions of post-national governing
>~ Institutions and organisations that do more for money than for people
>~ Political battles over globalization
>~ Social movements, new rebellion and alternative globalizations
>~ Trans-cultural connections that escape institutional and political
>intentions or control
>~ New forms of global exclusion
>4. Persons, Personhood and the Inter-Personal
>~ De-centering individuals and the making of persons; thinking and
>acting with others in mind and interpersonally
>~ Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of identity formations and
>~ New sources and forms of belonging; new tribalism, localism,
>parochialism and communitarianism
>~ Bonds of care across boundaries of inequality and exclusion,
>ideologies and religions, politics and power, nations and geography
>~ Who am I if not the relation with others?
>~ Non-recognition as cultural violence
>5. Media and Artistic Representations
>~ The role of new and old media in the construction of cultures and
>identities, of nations and place
>~ Production and reproduction of cultural typing and stereotyping
>~ The contested space of representing culture, identity and belonging
>~ Art, media and how to challenge the rigid and impenetrable
>constructions of culture
>~ Living, being and belonging through art
>~ Life imitating art and fiction
>6. Transnational Cultural Interlacing of Contemporary Life
>~ What is shared from cultures? How are cultures shared? Who has
>access to the sharing of cultures?
>~ Cultural claims and human rights
>~ Living in a context with the cultural markers of a different
>context: Is that transculturalism?
>~ Languages, idioms and new emerging forms of wanting to bridge the
>ëinvisibleí divide of cultures
>~ Symbols and significations that connect people to places other than
>~ Culture, identity and belonging by choice
>7. New Concepts, New Forms of Inclusion
>~ Recognition and respect without exclusion
>~ An ethics for social relations in a new millennium
>~ What to do with historically old concepts like tolerance, acceptance
>~ Should not we all be strangers? Should not we all be foreigners?
>~ Is there any use for cosmopolitanism these days?
>~ Loving the other within the self; building fluid boundaries of
>belonging and being
>Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts
>should be submitted by Friday 25h May 2007. If an abstract is accepted
>for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday
>24th August 2007.
>300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs;
>abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats. We
>acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If
>you do not receive a reply from us, in a few days, you should assume
>we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We
>suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
>Joint Organising Chairs
>Research & Project Development,
>Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
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>:The conference is part of the ëDiversity and Recognitioní research
>projects, which in turn belong to the ëAt the Interface í programmes
>of ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and
>interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
>innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at
>this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.
>Selected papers will be developed for publication in a themed hard
>For further details about the project please visit:
>For further details about the conference please visit:
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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