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
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
Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:
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
~ 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
~ 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 today's forms of social membership?
~ 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 social
~ New sources and forms of belonging; new tribalism, localism, parochialism
~ 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
~ 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
~ Languages, idioms and new emerging forms of wanting to bridge the
'invisible' divide of cultures
~ Symbols and significations that connect people to places other than 'their own'
~ 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 and
~ 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
Papers will be considered on any related theme.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 25th 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
The conference is part of the 'Diversity and Recognition' research projects,
which in turn belong to the 'At the Interface' 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 copy volume.
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