Identities in Transit: The Ethics and Politics of Representation

deadline for submissions: 
May 2, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Laboratory Values, Society and Development (LVSD), Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco
contact email: 


The concept of ‘identity’ has of late acquired much resonance inside and outside academia. Identity has become in today’s globalized world more fundamental than ever before to the endeavor of addressing theoretical and political issues relating to ‘nationality,’ ‘nation (-state) borders,’  ‘history,’ ‘ethnicity,’ and other, perhaps more urgent, issues of ethnic conflicts, immigration, and refugees. The complexity of each of these entities and the interplay of most of them point, together, to the insufficiencies apparent in those ‘fixed’ understandings of the concept of identity...To what extent can we underscore hybridity, cross-cultural understanding, and dialogue in today’s globalized world? While invoking Emanuel Levinas’s conceptions of ethics as “respect for alterity,” shouldn’t academics reorient their critical energies towards the moral obligation of representation and the failure of modern humanism within the current context in which social injustices are predominant? In the face of structural inequalities, how can aesthetic and intellectual explorations of identity abide by the moral obligations of representation when examining identity formation?


We are seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled: Identities in Transit: The Ethics and Politics of Representation. We invite contributors from across the disciplines  that address any aspect of the topic.  Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Identity and representation
  • The ethics of representation
  • Discourse and representation
  • Diaspora narratives
  • Narratives of migration
  • Dissolving margins in migrant narratives
  • Ethics and writing between worlds
  • Cross-cultural values
  • Identity and translation

Submission Guidelines:

Please send proposals of up to 500-words, including a preliminary title, a short biographical resumé and your full contact information via e.mail to the following address:


 Keywords:  Identities, ethical representation, mobility, synchretic(ism), immigration,  nationality; nationalism, politics, place, space, literature, memory, history, culture, globalization, discourse/ power.


Extented Deadline for sending abstracts: May 2, 2018.


Notification of acceptance: May 10, 2018