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CLASH 2014: (Non)Belonging: (Re)Reading Identities [submission deadline June 30th]
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Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
(Non)Belonging: (Re)Reading Identities
Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań
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Zygmunt Bauman in his book Culture in a Liquid Modern World (2011) defines contemporary identity as ‘a longing for a sense of belonging within a group or agglomeration, and a desire to be distinct from the masses, to acquire a sense of individuality and originality’. As a result, Bauman’s need for identity does no longer spring from the traditional sense of belonging understood as the place of origin, but rather from ‘the fear of being different, and the fear of losing individuality. Or of loneliness and of a lack of solitude’ regardless of the place. Does this indicate that identity lost its original meaning, its connection with the national discourse? Is the term applicable to the changing mentality of societies? These and other questions well illustrate that the topic of identity remains actual.
SHEILA KOHLER, a South African writer, has so far written eleven novels, including Cracks which has been made into a movie with Eva Green. Sheila Kohler’s interests revolve around female issues, conflicted identities and (hi)stories. Her newest novel entitled Dreaming for Freud will be published by Penguin in May 2014
PROF. DR. VERA NÜNNING studied English literature, history, and education in Cologne and graduated with a dissertation on Virginia Woolf’s aesthetics. Her postdoctoral thesis deals with Catherine Macaulay and the political culture of English radicalism. Together with Ansgar Nünning she has edited a number of collections of essays, among them a volume on the twentieth-century English novel (1998), three volumes on cultural approaches to narratology and Konzepte der Kulturwissenschaften: Theoretische Grundlagen, Ansätze, Perspektiven (2003). Besides these topics, one of her recent research interests is an interdisciplinary perspective on the humanities and the study of culture
Professor Nunning will give a plenary lecture on “the ethics of fiction/ literature/ reading”. Successive speakers will be added to the list.
We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to) the following areas of study and interest connected with:
· Humanities role in the (re)shaping of national, collective and individual identity
Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th June 2014. Proposals should include the full name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the proposer. The abstracts will be subjects to blind peer review. We aim to inform those whose proposals have been accepted by the end of July. The publication including the selected papers from the first edition of CLASH is due soon, so also this year’s participants will also have a chance of being published.