3rd Global Conference: Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 25, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 25, 2009
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3rd Global Conference Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging Friday 25th September - Monday 28th September 2009 Mansfield College, Oxford Call for Papers This multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the new and prominent place that the idea of culture has for the construction of identity and the implications of this for social membership in contemporary societies. In particular the project will assess the larger context of major world transformations, for example, new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact and contribution of globalisation on tensions, conflicts and the sense of rootedness and belonging. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to forge identities in rapidly changing national, social and cultural contexts. Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes: 1. Challenging Old Concepts of Self and Other ~ Who is self and who is other? ~ The new value of social diversity and cultural multiplicity; breaking with homogeneity and sameness ~ What is the place of difference and alterity, of normality and normalisation in defining identity and membership ~ How to account for social membership and cultural identity? ~ Making sense of transformations and their effects over culture, identity and membership ~ Othering, excluding, stygmatising 2. Nations, Nationhood and Nationalisms ~ What does it mean, today, to belong to a nation? ~ New migrants, new migratory flows and massive movements from peripheral to central countries ~ Resurgence of the local and the diminishing importance of the national ~ Are we living post-national realities? ~ What is the place of cultural claims in todays forms of social membership? ~ Assimilation, integration, adaptation and other forms of placing the responsibility of change on the Other 3. Institutions, Organizations and Social Movements ~ Evaluating the promises and institutions of post-national governing ~ Institutions and organisations that do more for money than for people ~ Political battles over globalization ~ Social movements, new rebellion and alternative globalizations ~ Trans-cultural connections that escape institutional and political intentions or control ~ New forms of global exclusion 4. Persons, Personhood and the Inter-Personal ~ De-centering individuals and the making of persons; thinking and acting with others in mind and interpersonally ~ Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of identity formation and social membership ~ New sources and forms of belonging; new tribalism, localism, parochialism and communitarianism ~ Bonds of care across boundaries of inequality and exclusion, ideologies and religions, politics and power, nations and geography ~ Who am I if not the relation with others? ~ Non-recognition as cultural violence 5. Media and Artistic Representations ~ The role of new and old media in the construction of cultures and identities, of nations and place ~ Production and reproduction of cultural typing and stereotyping ~ The contested space of representing culture, identity and belonging ~ Art, media and how to challenge the rigid and impenetrable constructions of culture ~ Living, being and belonging through art ~ Life imitating art and fiction 6. Transnational Cultural Interlacing of Contemporary Life ~ What is shared from cultures? How are cultures shared? Who has access to the sharing of cultures? ~ Cultural claims and human rights ~ Living in a context with the cultural markers of a different context: Is that transculturalism? ~ Languages, idioms and new emerging forms of wanting to bridge the invisible divide of cultures ~ Symbols and significations that connect people to places other than their own ~ Culture, identity and belonging by choice 7. New Concepts, New Forms of Inclusion ~ Recognition and respect without exclusion ~ An ethics for social relations in a new millennium ~ What to do with historically old concepts like tolerance, acceptance and hospitality? ~ Should not we all be strangers? Should not we all be foreigners? ~ Is there any use for cosmopolitanism these days? ~ Loving the other within the self; building fluid boundaries of belonging and being Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. The 2009 meeting of Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging will run alongside the launch of our new project on Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the prob