CFP: Identity and Conflict in Cultural and Geo-Political Contexts
HYPERION UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
"LETTERS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES" DEPARTMENT
CALL FOR PAPERS
THE DEPARTMENT OF "LETTERS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES" OF
THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL, HUMANISTIC AND NATURAL SCIENCES
TO SEND PAPER PROPOSALS TO OUR CONFERENCE ENTITLED
Identity and Conflict in Cultural and Geo-Political Contexts
Date: 13-14 June, 2013
Venue: The Faculty of Social, Humanistic and Natural Sciencies, Department of "Letters and Foreign Languages"
Str. Calea Călăraşilor, nr. 169, Bucharest, Romania
"A person's identity is defined as the totality of one's self-construal, in which how one construes oneself in the present expresses the continuity between how one construes oneself as one was in the past and how one construes oneself as one aspires to be in the future", were saying Peter Weinreich and Wendy Saunderson in their 2005 book called Analyzing Identity: Cross-Cultural, Societal and Clinical Contexts.
"Mankind are influenced by various causes: by the climate, by the religion, by the laws, by the maxims of government, by precedents, morals and customs; whence is formed a general spirit of nations", sounded Montesquieu and the beginnings of Geopolitics in France. "Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland. Who roles the Heartland commands the World Island. Who rules the World-Island commands the World", was saying British geographer Halford Mackinder, in his influential 1904 book The Geographical Pivot of History. "Who controls the rimland rules Eurasia. Who rules Eurasia controls the destinies of the world", continued Dutch-American geostrategist Nicholas Spykman in the 1st half of the 20th century.
Identity, whether that of a person, of a group, or of a country, has been a subject of debate in many disciplines throughout history.
Philosophy derived it from the Latin word 'identitas', with the sense of 'sameness'. With René Descartes (1596-1650), we have the famous saying "I think, therefore I am", "I think, I exist"; with Hegel (1770-1831), minds struggle with the domination of one over the other; for Nietzsche (1844-1900) the soul is an overchanging thing, while for Heidegger (1889-1976), the conscience of death is the one that makes people look for an identity. The selfhood, defined as "who I am" is distinct from the sameness, defined as a third person perspective, in Paul Ricoeur's view.
The 'self', the elements that separate one person from the other and the roles one is supposed to play in a given society, are the object of Psychology, while the 'selfhood', that is, the uniqueness and individuality of one person, considering both the common ancestry plus the common biological characteristics and the social constructionist theory, makes the object of Social Anthropology.
An individual's belonging to a certain social group and the intergroup behavior, such as the in-group favoritism, or the interpersonal behavior, the self-esteem and the self-image, or the fact of group affiliations, define the analysis of sociological identity. A common nationality or culture will define ethnic identity, while 'identity politics', i.e. location, gender, race, history, language, sexuality, religion etc, will make the object of cultural identity.
Most recently, computers and the internet created the digital identity, which strictly refers to cyberspace and consists of the set of data a person is required to provide when opening an email account, or any page on socialization sites. To some this is just a "constructed presentation of oneself" to which they apply Dorian Wiszniewski's and Richard Coyne's "concept of the mask" from their 2002 book Building Virtual Communities.
All said and done, our interdisciplinary conference invites you to submit paper proposals on Literature, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Teaching, Anthropology, Media etc, in order to answer questions such as, but not limited to: What is the sense of talking about identity in today's world? May identity lead to conflict or not? Which is its function in establishing the definition of cultures, nations and groups? In an age marked by political conflicts and changes, by ethnic discrimination, or, on the contrary by positive actions, and by the internet and the digital/cyberspace, a reflection on the idea of identity seems more than welcome.
We invite papers on the following sections:
*Literary and Cultural Studies (Anthropology and Media included)
Suggested conference topics (you may also come with new ones, provided they are related to the theme of our conference)
- (Post/Ante)-communist Identity
- Identity and Multiculturalism
- Identity and Conflict
- Identity and Nationalism/ Racism/ Globalization
- Ethnic/Religious/Sexual identity
- Identity Crises
- Identity as a Literary Motif; Identity and Postmodern Literature / Art / Culture; Identity and Fiction; Literature, Art, Film, Theatre as Forms of Identity and Representation
- The 'Self' and 'the Other'
- Identity and/as Created by the Media
- Identity and the Virtual World
Presentations should be in English, French, Spanish and Romanian, and will be allocated 15-20 minutes each. Participants are invited to submit abstracts ONLY IN ENGLISH up to 150-200 words, a list of keywords and short bio of maximum 200 words ALSO ENGLISH ONLY, in Word Format, and fill in the registration form, to the email firstname.lastname@example.org (Sorina Georgescu). A selection of the papers will be published in Hypercultura.
Deadline for proposals(abstracts): 20 March 2013
Conference fee: 25 euro or equivalent in Romanian lei, payable until 13 May 2013 in the following bank account, or 35 euro payable in cash on registration. The fee covers lunches and refreshments during the conference, but not evening meals. It also covers the conference folder and the abstract+short bio booklet.
The bank account:
B.C.R. SECTOR 3
"taxa participare conferinta lit. si lb. straine" (please specify this! – it means the attendance fee for the Lit and Foreign Lgs conference)
Accomodation at the University's hostel is subject to availability