Living Transcultural Spaces, the inaugural chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane – Italy in Movement.
Melbourne, Australia, 5-7 April 2018
Transcultural contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt and develop in reciprocal contact. The transcultural 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, this-worldly products of the human imagination.
- How do these 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, or the divinity?
- Can the ‘third space’ of transcultural negotiation inhabited by migration, diaspora and colonial studies be construed as a privileged space of reason, in the Enlightenment sense of the word?
- Are migration, diaspora and colonial studies paradigmatic of new emancipatory discourses and practices for the 21st century?
Anticipated streams include but are not limited to:
- Migration, Mobility, Transnationalism and Diaspora Studies;
- Identity and the Second and Third Generations;
- Literary studies;
- Arts (film, visual arts, music, performing, design etc);
- Pedagogy: Teaching of Italian Language and Culture;
- Business, Entrepreneurship and Professions;
- Colonialism and Settler-Colonial Relations of Power;
- Race, Gender, Sexualities and Disabilities;
- New Materialisms;
- Multicultural and Migration Museums;
- Italian Migrants and Migration Heritage.
- Abstract (250 words).
- Short biography (100 words).
- Due: 30 September 2017.
- Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Acceptances will be notified on 1 November 2017.