CFP: Approaches to Identity

Call for Proposals

Workshop: Approaches to Identity

Sproul Hall, University of California, Berkeley

Proposal Deadline: September 28

 

 

Description:

Scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are invited to present completed and/or ongoing research at a multidisciplinary workshop hosted by the Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Association (HSSA). All UC Berkeley visiting postdocs, scholars, and student researchers are welcome to submit texts (essays, articles, book chapters, dissertation sections, etc.) based on completed projects or works-in-progress that have some connection to the theme of personal, social, national, cultural, religious or gender identity. (See ‘Theme’ below.) Presenters will discuss different definitions and approaches to the study of identity, as something that individualizes, unites, distinguishes, constrains, and liberates.  

The goal of this multidisciplinary workshop is to explore different definitions and approaches to the concept  of identity, as something that individualizes, unites, distinguishes and liberates. Among other things, this will include projects which focus on empirical and theoretical problems or seek to develop, challenge, or reformulate theories and findings intersecting with identity (see below for more details).

Abstract proposals (300-500 words including a bibliography) must be sent by September 28 to robertreimer@berkeley.edu. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by September 30.

 

Timeline:      

September 28: deadline for abstract proposals (sent to robertreimer@berkeley.edu)

September 30: notification of acceptance

October 18: presentation at the workshop

 

Format:

With the goal of creating dialogue and providing valuable feedback for presenters, we will set aside sufficient time to carefully examine and discuss the papers submitted in a small group. Each participant will get 20 minutes to present his/her work. After the presentation the audience and other participants will be encouraged to ask questions within a 10 minutes discussion. (Refreshments will be provided.)

 

Theme: Approaches to Identity

An Indian politician named B. R. Ambedkar once said, “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.” Identity is often conceived as a property which makes every person unique, but identity is much more. It unites individuals with others. Some may identify with their family, some with a certain culture, religion, nation or ideology. Patriotism can be seen as a positive emotion of national identity, but it can also become a kind of chauvinism including fear of and hatred against foreigners, who pose an imagined threat to their way of life. It can also be an important conceptualization for an individual who doesn’t feel comfortable in his or her own body.

 

All UC Berkeley visiting postdocs, scholars, and student researchers in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are welcome to present completed and/or ongoing research. The presented papers (essays, articles, book chapters, dissertation sections, etc.) should be based on completed projects or works-in-progress that have some connection to the theme of personal, social, national, cultural, religious or gender identity.

For more information about this event, please contact the workshop co-chair, Robert Reimer.