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CFP: "Transnationalism & Questions of Identity" Conference

Wednesday, January 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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"Transnationalism and Questions of Identity," the second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane–Italy in Movement, will be held November 1­–3, 2018 in New York City at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. A vibrant and diverse metropolis, NYC provides a relevant backdrop for discussions that explore ideas of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century. 

Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt, and develop in reciprocal contact in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in the world today. Transnational subjects, who, within varying degrees of structural constraint, navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerge as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination.

  • How do ideas of identities in motion compare with traditional ways of understanding cultural identities as fixed essences, typically anchored to metaphysical notions such as blood, the land, family, or divinity?
  • What can be said about the creation of and challenges to generational concepts and constructions of identity?
  • What is the role of memory, both individual and collective, in the creation of senses of belonging to one culture or another?
  • How do migration, diaspora, and colonial studies create, adapt, and challenge changing ideas of race, class, gender, and ethnicity?
  • How do the arts and formal education affect individual and collective senses of belonging or not to one culture or to many cultures?

The deadline for submitting single papers and panels is April 1, 2018.


Submission information:

  • Must be done electronically
  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Short biography (100 words)
  • Submit to:
  • Acceptances will be notified on June 1, 2018.

Abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions are invited.

  • Individual papers: Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 15 minutes discussion.
  • Panel sessions: Duration 60 minutes followed by 15 minutes discussion; may follow a discussion format or may have an allocated time for each panelist.


For more information about this conference, or to learn about Diaspore Italiane–Italy in Movement, the international symposium series of which this conference is a part, visit:

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