Reminder - CFP - HYPERCULTURA - VOLUME ON 'Identity and Conflict in Cultural and Geo-Political Contexts'

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Identity and Conflict in Cultural and Geo-Political Contexts

The theme:

"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", according to Peter Weinreich and Wendy Saunderson in their 2005 book entitled Analyzing Identity: Cross-Cultural, Societal and Clinical Contexts.
"Mankind is 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 rules 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 ever-changing entity, 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.
The above richness of angles in approaching identity and conflict accounts for our choice topic as well as hope it will spark off a true battle of all minds.

The articles should feature:

1) the title – in the language of the article

2) the abstract – 150-200 words; only in English;
- with the following structure:
- 1 or 2 general statements introducing the your topic
- statement of the general problem/ the object of your analysis
- statement of procedure, main results and conclusions
- statement of relevance with respect to the state of the art in your domain of analysis or implications of your results (short and clear)

3) key-words – in the language of the article and in Romanian
- 5 key-words

4) Language of the article – we strongly encourage articles written in foreign languages (English, French, Spanish), but especially in English

5) Length of the article – 10-20 pages; 1 page = 2000 signs (with spaces)

6) Fonts – Times New Roman, 12, 1.5 spaced; A4; margins – 2.5 cm each; indented with tab; justified

7) Citation style – MLA 2011 – see attachment (articles with citation errors will be sent back to their authors for remedy)

8) Short bio: maximum 200 words, only in English

The articles must be:

1) original
2) topic-oriented (the theme of our volume)
3) analytic
4) linguistically correct (make sure you check your grammar, spelling and vocabulary before submitting your article; articles with language errors will be sent back to authors for self-correction)

The articles will be:

- sent to reviewers for recommendations – double-blind peer-review (the reviewers will not know your names and you will not know theirs)
- selected articles will be published in the Hypercultura Biannual Journal, at a CNCS publishing house

Deadline: 15 September 2013
Papers will be sent to:

We also welcome book reviews on books related to the theme of our volume!