Images and Imaginaries of Identity/Alterity: The Conceptualization of the Other in the Era of Globalization

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Call for Publications
April 12, 2018
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Social History / Studies, Literature, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies

Abou Bakr Belkaid University - Tlemcen

Faculty of Letters and Languages

L.L.C Research Laboratory


Call for Contributions

ÉLLiC N° 2    A Multilingual Journal

(Study of Languages, Literatures and Cultures)


Images and Imaginaries of Identity/Alterity:

The Conceptualization of the Other in the Era of Globalization

This second volume of the journal is inscribed within an interdisciplinary perspective to interrogate the issues of globalization, changing identities and cultural and language crossings (Giddens). Every individual, every community needs to determine its place in relation to the other and to affirm its identity.  Hence, identity is the product of social interactions and “the construction of identity is inseparable from alterity – indeed, identity itself makes sense in juxtaposition with alterity” (Schick). It is a process that we build through contact with others, through identification and differencing, about who they are, who we believe they are and the image that we perceive they have of us, according to Dominique Picard.  It can be built in a context of reciprocity, exchange and mutual respect or in a climate of struggle, conflict and violence.

Investigations into questions of identity/alterity and their corollaries, strangeness, inclusion, exclusion have pertinent significance and their potential has given food for thought to a large number of writers, sociologists and ethnologists. Representations of the image of the Other are shaped partly by perceptions belonging to the historical past, namely colonialism and imperialism, and partly by newly-born images derived from a new, third-millennium imaginary.

If globalization in the recent decades calls for openness and plurality, how can we, in this case, define individual identity within the movement of human exchanges and interactions? How can we reflect the impact of globalization on identity crises and their consequences such as strangeness, discrimination and prejudice? In addition to political events and conflicts that have marked Western imaginary and allowed social media to spread images that stigmatize the Other and reduce him to pejorative clichés; according to Amine Maalouf, identity can only be shaped through the vision of the Other, for it is our gaze that shuts the others inside their narrowest belongings and it is also our gaze that can free them.

Faced with a reality based on diversity, man needs to affirm his identity, belonging and culture. Yet, as a citizen of the world, how can he position himself towards the Other while preserving his self-identity?

Given the importance of crises of identity in the 21st century at the global level, this issue aims at articulating reflections including but not limited to the following:

- Globalization and the conceptualization of the Other (alienation/integration)

- Alterity in literature and the cinema

- Western imaginary facing Oriental alterity (the Arab world)

- Social media and the representation of the Other


We welcome proposals for contributions in English, French or Spanish which should include the author’s name, affiliation and email. They will be peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication.

Proposals should be sent to:


Important dates:

Deadline for sending abstracts (2000 to 3000 characters): April 12th, 2018

Date of response notification: April 30th, 2018

Deadline for complete articles of about 30 000 characters including notes: June 15th, 2018

Date of expertise feedback: July 15th, 2018

Deadline for sending reviewed articles after expertise: September 1st,  2018

Date of publication of the issue: December 2018


Supervisor: Latifa SARI M.

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Address: University of Tlemcen, Algeria.

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Prof. Latefa Sari M. Head of LLC lab.

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