search the archive
search the archive
W(h)ither Identity - Positioning the Self and Transforming the Social, January 23-24, 2014
full name / name of organization:
The International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Identity, both as a whole and in relation to categories of social difference including, but not limited to, race, class, ability, sex/gender, sexuality, indigeneity, citizenship, etc., has been an increasingly contested concept in academic criticism, aesthetic practice, and political activism over the past quarter century – longer, if we consider experimental creative texts or the poststructuralist challenge to the subject. In political contexts, identity is framed, at times, as potentially reductivist and, at others, as necessary for self-positioning within networks of oppressive power and privilege. In aesthetic and performance practices, identity is divergently approached as crucial for interpellating potentially marginalised subjects into a sense of community/recognition and criticised as, again, reductive, insular, and/or tied to a dated notion of subjective coherence. Variously dismissed, within the academia, as critically and/or politically unproductive and defended as at least prospectively necessary or useful as an always partial locus, mixed with disidentificatory practices, but never fully discardable, identity sits at the nexus of debates about formulations of the self, community, and the self’s position within social formations.
This conference asks whither identity has gone. Is it still a critically, personally, aesthetically, socially, and/or politically useful concept? Or is it withering? If so, should we let it? Is it necessary to community, the social, and/or transformative social and/or artistic/performative/performance practices? Or can these functions be (potentially better) accomplished without it? We are especially interested in questions of the relationship between identity, disidentity, and/or non-identitarian formulations and sociality and/or social transformation. A list of possible, but non-exclusive, foci follows below.
We welcome submissions from a range of disciplinary frameworks within the humanities and social sciences from scholars at all career and postgraduate stages, as well as from practitioners of the performing and creative arts and from activists. Proposals for individual papers, including an abstract of 300 words and a brief contributor bio, or full panels, including a brief panel description as well as abstracts and bios for each participant, should be submitted in English or German by October 31st, 2013 to: email@example.com
We are offering two grants of 200 Euros each to lecturers.
Possible questions to consider include: