Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the Call for Papers for The Third Euroacademia  
International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized  
Uses of Collective Identities’, to be held in Lucca, Italy on 19th and  
20th of June 2015. Feel free to forward and disseminate this call to  
all your colleagues and peers who might be interested in the event.  
Thank you in advance!

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

Lucca,Tuscany, Italy
19 – 20 June 2015

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15 May 2015

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 Third 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  

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

If interested in participating, please send a maximum 300 words  
abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of  
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