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International Society for Cultural History Conference
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9/16/2020 to 9/19/2020
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Where: University of Mainz
Mainz, Germany  55122
Contact: International Society for Cultural History

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The International Society for Cultural History invites paper and panel proposals for its 2020 annual conference on “Cultures of Participation and Belonging.” The conference will be hosted at the University of Mainz, Germany on September 16–19, 2020.

At the latest since 2015, the self-image of the European states as open societies—open for all—is under massive pressure. Not only the so-called “refugee crisis," but also the discussion about core values of the European culture have shown that the culture of participation and belonging—once regarded as backbone of the “new” Europe after 1990—are questioned and under attack from different directions. Therefore, the terms of 'participation' and ‘belonging’ versus ‘exclusion’ have formed public and political debates more than any other terms have in the last years. While ‘participation’ is primarily a virulent topic in educational politics and institutions, the term 'belonging' is central to the discussion of practices of enclosure and expulsion foremost in the contexts of domestic and security politics. The perceived current significance and the highly emotional discourse have disguised the fact that inclusion and belonging are phenomena of human societies, which overlap time, space and different media. These phenomena are also an important issue for the understanding and interpretation of one’s world.

Furthermore, cultures of participation and belonging are a crucial factor for the stability of given societies. However, today we experience some of the possible consequences for the social and political system if these cultures are under pressure. Therefore, the historical development, the forms and consequences of such cultures will be at the center of the ISCH conference in 2020. The objective of the conference is to shine a spotlight on the question regarding the forms and narratives of phenomena of belonging and their opposite (non-belonging, exclusion, discrimination, etc.) in specific historical constellations and/or contemporary literature, art, film, etc.

Proposals for presentations or panels are being accepted until December 15. For more information on the Call for Proposals, see the AFS Review

For more information on the conference, see ISCH Conference 2020.

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