The call for papers for this conference has been extended to 28th February
and I understand the organisers are looking for abstracts of around 200
Conference – 9th-11th July, 2008,
St Catherine’s College, Oxford
This conference takes encounter and intersection as its frame. It explores
the nature of relations between different faith and ethnic groups, between
diasporic and indigenous citizens and between convivial, and not so
convivial, multicultures in current, complex, post colonial contexts. We
are interested in patterns and trends in contemporary identity practices,
the intersections between social identities and how intersection and
multiplicity are experienced and lived.
Encounters can be hostile, intimate, violent, anxious, celebratory,
defensive, banal or historic. Participants can feel consumed, tolerated,
included, marginalised or empowered. In policy terms, encounters can be
read through the lens of ‘community cohesion’, the ‘duty to integrate’ or
the ‘clash of civilisations’. How do different forms of encounter
organise (and how are they organised by) particular relational spaces? How
do they create and reflect ‘contact zones’? How do people negotiate
multiple identities of faith, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality,
place, etc? What are the social, political and ethical consequences?
This conference is organised by the ESRC/AHRC Programme on Religion and
Society (www.religionandsociety.org.uk), the AHRC Programme on Diasporas,
Migration and Identities (www.diasporas.ac.uk) and the ESRC Programme on
Identities and Social Action (www.identities.org.uk). It will show-case
the interdisciplinary research taking place in the UK on these themes
across the arts, social sciences and humanities.
The conference includes a keynote address from Prof. Paul Gilroy (London
School of Economics) and author of After Empire; The Black Atlantic and
Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack.
There will be panels on Living Intersections – New British Identities and
Encounters – Materials, Spaces and Performances highlighting the research
being conducted in the three Programmes. The conference will include
parallel sessions of paper presentations, photographic and poster
exhibitions, a conference dinner, drinks receptions and many opportunities
for discussion and networking with researchers from a wide range of
disciplinary and intellectual perspectives.
We welcome submissions to present papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for
questions) on the conference themes. Your paper might present some
empirical findings, it might consist of a performance, a theoretical
review, critique and new argument; it might consist of a textual analysis,
raise provocative questions or analyse one case, site or context.
Abstracts should be submitted to Katie Roche ([log in to unmask]) by
the 28th of February, 2008 including full contact details for all authors.
St Catherine’s College (www.catzconferences.co.uk), the conference venue,
is a well-appointed and welcoming site in the heart of Oxford.
Accommodation and meals for those who require them will be available in
the College. Please see the registration form for more details. The
deadline for registration for this conference is the 9th of June, 2008.
Please contact for an application form
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