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CFP: The Second Euroacademia International Conference - Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (Florence, 17-18 October 2014, Deadline: 8 September 2014)

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The Second Euroacademia International Conference
‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’

Florence, Italy
Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi
17 – 18 October 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 8th of September 2014

Conference description:

Identity is one of the crown jeweleries in the kingdom of ‘contested
concepts’. The idea of identity is conceived to provide some unity and
recognition while it also exists by separation and differentiation.
Few concepts were used as much as identity for contradictory purposes.
 From the fragile individual identities as self-solidifying frameworks
to layered in-group identifications in families, orders,
organizations, religions, ethnic groups, regions, nation-states,
supra-national entities or any other social entities, the idea of
identity always shows up in the core of debates and makes everything
either too dangerously simple or too complicated. Constructivist and
de-constructivist strategies have led to the same result: the eternal
return of the topic. Some say we should drop the concept, some say we
should keep it and refine it, some say we should look at it in a
dynamic fashion while some say it’s the reason for resistance to change.

If identities are socially constructed and not genuine formations,
they still hold some responsibility for inclusion/exclusion –
self/other nexuses. Looking at identities in a research oriented
manner provides explanatory tolls for a wide variety of events and
social dynamics. Identities reflect the complex nature of human
societies and generate reasonable comprehension for processes that
cannot be explained by tracing pure rational driven pursuit of
interests. The feelings of attachment, belonging, recognition, the
social processes of values formation and norms integration, the logics
of appropriateness generated in social organizations are all factors
relying on a certain type of identity or identification. Multiple
identifications overlap, interact, include or exclude, conflict or
enhance cooperation. Identities create boundaries and borders; define
the in-group and the out-group, the similar and the excluded, the
friend and the threatening, the insider and the ‘other’.

Beyond their dynamic and fuzzy nature that escapes exhaustive
explanations, identities are effective instruments of politicization
of social life. The construction of social forms of organization or
imaginary (as Cornelius Castoriadis theorizes it) and of social
practices together with their imaginary significations, require all
the time an essentialist or non-essentialist legitimating act of
belonging; a social glue that extracts its cohesive function from the
identification of the in-group and the power of naming the other.
Identities are political. Multicultural slogans populate extensively
the twenty-first century yet the distance between the ideal and the
real multiculturalism persists while the virtues of inclusion coexist
with the adversity of exclusion. Dealing with identities means to
integrate contestation into contestation until potentially an n degree
of contestation. Due to the confusion between identities and
identifications some scholars demanded that the concept of identity
shall be abandoned. Identitarian issues turned out to be efficient
tools for politicization of a ‘constraining dissensus’ while
universalizing terms included in the making of the identities usually
tend or intend to obscure the localized origins of any identitarian
project. Identities are often conceptually used as rather intentional
concepts: they don’t say anything about their sphere but rather
defining the sphere makes explicit the aim of their usage. It is not
‘identity of’ but ‘identity to’.

The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and
Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ aims to
scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to
bring once more into debate the processes of identity making, identity
building in both constructivist or de-constructivist dimensions. It is
the aim of the conference to open the floor to dynamic
multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary understanding of identities
today.


Conference panels include the following topics:
~ Welcome to the Land of Disputes: Theoretic Contributions to
Understanding Identity ~ Modernity and Identity ~ Identities as
Endogenous Factors in the Study of Organizations ~ Critical Approaches
to Understanding Identity ~ Universal and Local in Identity Making ~
Processes of Identity Building ~ Practices of Identification ~
Identity and Inclusion ~ Identity and Exclusion ~ The Politicization
of the European Identity ~ European Union and the Claims of an
Emerging Supranational Identity ~ America as a Soft Power: Attraction
Through Identitarian Constructs ~ Normative Powers and the Export of
Identities ~ Identity and the Power of Naming the Other ~ In-Group –
Out-Group Dynamics in Identity Formation ~ Identities as Endogenous
Factors in Explaining Political Behaviours ~ Religion and Identities ~
Imagined Communities: Preserving Identity as A Foreigner ~ Art as an
Identity Making Process ~ Folklore and the National Identity
Narratives ~ History Reading and Identity Making ~ Ideal and Real
Multiculturalism: How Inclusive Our Societies Are? ~ Regions and
Identities ~ East/West – North/South: Imaginary Geographies of
Identities ~ Core/Periphery Claims in Shaping Identities ~ Nested
Identities ~ Identitarian Threats ~ Symbols of Identities: Flags,
Coins, Stamps and Anthems ~ Cosmopolitanism and Supra-National
Identities ~ Film and the Visual Narration of identities ~ Music and
the Identitarian Signifiers ~ Literature and Identities ~ Groups,
Gangs, Movements and Identities ~ Protest and Identities ~ Ethnicity
and Identity ~ Regional Integration Projects and Identity
Appropriations ~ Globalization and Identities ~ Uses and Miss-uses of
Identities for Political Purposes ~ Organizations and Identities ~
Markets, Products and Identities ~ Consumerism and its Impact on
Identity Building ~ Corporate Identity ~ Brand Identity ~ Identity and
Conflict ~ Crises of Identity


For more details please see:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/second-identities-and-identifications/



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