Remapping the Boundaries of Identity

deadline for submissions: 
May 7, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
University of Plymouth

Remapping the Boundaries of Identity


An Interdisciplinary PGR & ECR Research Conference at the University of Plymouth


Saturday 10th July



Identities, whether they are self-constructed or imposed, individual or collective, are bound by certain dimensions or criteria. Boundaries, however, can be fluid, regardless of the rigidity with which they have been established or the rigidity with which they are maintained. And all boundaries, however strict, should be interrogated. This conference seeks to highlight the degree to which the fluidity of identity can be manipulated and explores how boundaries may be reconsidered and expanded. We are especially inter-ested in how literature can challenge the uniformity and conformity of identity, how constructed identities can distort the reality and perception of peoples, voices, and his-tories, and how identities can be situationally dependent. Central concepts of this con-ference include, but are not limited to:


1. The metaphor of mapping as a means for realising and/or challenging identity

2. The intersection of place and identity

3. Historical and contemporary diasporas and ideas of home and culture

4. The interaction between normative and counter-normative identities

5. The creation of identity as a consequence of societal / legal / geographical influence

6. The intent to which the construction of boundaries can be read as a form of oppres-sion

7. The influence of literary perceptions and the reception of genre



The goal of this conference is to provide a cross-disciplinary space for PGR students and ECRs to share their research,


Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for 20-minute papers. The deadline for the sub-mission of proposals is 7th May 2021. Submissions should include a title, affiliation if ap-plicable, and a short (approx. 100 word) biography.

Please send your proposals to with the subject head-ing ‘Remapping the Boundaries of Identity’.


Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, this conference will be held digitally via zoom.


There will be no conference fee