[AIW] CFP: Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities, Dublin/Ireland, 28-29 June 2019

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Call for Papers

8th Euroacademia International Conference

Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities

The Croke Park Hotel, Dublin/Ireland

28 - 29 June 2019



Conference description:

Identity is one of the crown jewelries in the kingdom of 'contested
concepts'. Few concepts are so integral to social assumptions, beliefs and
claims of belonging while simultaneously escaping a clear definition or even
a minimal consensus. The idea of identity is conceived to provide some unity
and recognition while it also exists by separation and differentiation. From
personal to group and collective identities, multiple layers of
identifications juxtapose conflict or exclude. Few concepts were used as
much as identity for contradictory purposes. From the fragile individual
identities as self-solidifying frameworks, to layered in-group
identifications in families, orders, organizations, religions, ethnic
groups, regions, nation-states, supra-national entities or any  other social
entities, the idea of identity always shows up in the core of debates and
makes everything either too dangerously simple or too complicated.
Constructivist and de-constructivist strategies have led to the same result:
the eternal return of the topic. Some say we should drop the concept, some
say we should keep it and refine it, some say we should look at it in a
dynamic fashion while some say it's the reason for resistance to change. In
the meantime, identities are programmatically asserted and promoted to
generate cohesion and demand recognition while the process of identification
excludes and creates boundaries and alterity making practices.


If identities are socially constructed and not genuine formations, they
still hold some responsibility for inclusion/exclusion - self/other nexuses.
Looking at identities in a research oriented manner provides explanatory
tools for a wide variety of events and social dynamics. Identities reflect
the complex nature of human societies and generate reasonable comprehension
for processes that cannot be explained by tracing pure rational driven
pursuit of interests. The feelings of attachment, belonging, recognition,
the processes of values' formation and norms integration, the logics of
appropriateness generated in social organizations, are all factors relying
on a certain type of identity or identification. Multiple identifications
overlap, interact, include or exclude, conflict or enhance cooperation.
Identities create boundaries and borders; define the in-group and the
out-group, the similar and the excluded, the friend and the threatening, the
insider and the 'other'. Even more, identities generate legitimating
circumstances for social and political action; assert the power of naming
and rules of belonging while setting the stage for the perception of the
other. The other can be internal, as difference and incomplete coherence
with the in-group, or external as acknowledged difference or even in cases
of radical alterity as perceived threat. The formation of identities can
lead to multicultural integration of diversity, tolerance, recognition and
pluralism while simultaneously exclude and build walls.


The 8th Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and
Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities' aims to
scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to bring
once more into debate the processes of identity making, identity building in
both constructivist or de-constructivist  dimensions. The conference will
include a wide variety of contributions on identity making practices while
fostering a critical assessment of intended or unintended consequences that
lead to the politicization of identities. It is the aim of the Euroacademia
conference to open the floor to dynamic multi-dimensional and
inter-disciplinary understandings of identities in their historic formation
or in the way they shape the present and future of organizations or
communities. The conference however seeks also to integrate and address the
misunderstandings or misconceptions implicit to identity formation
practices. A focal place will be given to methodological refinement and
innovation in the research of identities in a broad spectrum of disciplines.


Euroacademia aims to bring together a wide network of intellectuals,
academics, researchers, practitioners and activists that are willing to
share and open to debate their research on identity related topics.
Disciplinary, trans and inter-disciplinary approaches, methodological
assessments, innovations and recommendations, single case studies or
cross-sectional analyses, reflective essays, experience sharing or works
addressing new puzzles are all welcomed.


Conference panels include the following topics:

Welcome to the Land of Disputes: Theoretic Contributions to Understanding
Identity ~ Personal Identity ~ Individualism and Autonomy ~ Modernity and
Identity ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors in the Study of Organizations ~
Critical Approaches to Understanding Identity ~ Universal and Local in
Identity Making ~ Processes of Identity Building ~ Practices of
Identification ~ Identity and Inclusion ~ Identity and Exclusion ~ The
Politicization of the European Identity ~ European Union and the Claims of
an Emerging Supranational Identity ~ America as a Soft Power: Attraction
Through Identitarian Constructs ~ Normative Powers and the Export of
Identities ~ Identity and the Power of Naming the Other ~ In-Group -
Out-Group Dynamics in Identity Formation ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors
in Explaining Political Behaviors ~ Religion and Identities ~ Imagined
Communities: Preserving Identity as A Foreigner ~ Art as an Identity Making
Process ~ Folklore and the National Identity Narratives ~ History Reading
and Identity Making ~ Ideal and Real Multiculturalism: How Inclusive Our
Societies Are? ~ Regions and Identities ~ East/West - North/South: Imaginary
Geographies of Identities ~ Core/Periphery Claims in Shaping Identities ~
Nested Identities ~ Identitarian Threats ~ Symbols of Identities: Flags,
Coins, Stamps and Anthems ~ Cosmopolitanism and Supra-National Identities ~
Film and the Visual Narration of identities ~ Music and the Identitarian
Signifiers ~ Literature and Identities ~ Groups, Gangs, Movements and
Identities ~ Protest and Identities ~ Ethnicity and Identity ~ Regional
Integration Projects and Identity Appropriations ~ Globalization and
Identities ~ Uses and Miss-uses of Identities for Political Purposes ~
Organizations and Identities ~ Markets, Products and Identities ~
Consumerism and its Impact on Identity Building ~ Corporate Identity ~ Brand
Identity ~ Identity and Conflict ~ Crises of Identity


If interested in participating, please read the complete event details on
the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a
maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation
until 24th of May 2019 by e-mail at application at euroacademia.org
<mailto:application at euroacademia.org>  


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