CfP for 2 Sections on Urban Studies and Visual Studies– Identities and Identification Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 28- 29 June 2019, DL. 24.05.2019

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Call for Papers for 2 Panels (See extended calls below):

  1. Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction
  2. Identity in the Visual

The panels are part of the 8th Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’

28 – 29 June 2019, Dublin, Ireland

Deadline: 24th of May 2019


1. CfP for the Panel: Identities and the Cities, Dublin, Ireland, 28 – 29 June 2019
 
Call for Papers for the Panel:
Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

Panel Description:

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban - suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
  • Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
  • Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
  • Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
  • History, Heritage and Urban Change
  • Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
  • Non-Places and (Non)Identity
  • Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
  • City Marketing and City Branding
  • Cities and Public Goods
  • European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
  • Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
  • Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
  • Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
  • Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
  • Creative Changes of the Cities
  • Art and Industry in Urban Development
  • Urban Aesthetics
  • Urban Installations
  • Critical Architecture
  • Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
  • Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
  • Cities and the Quality of Life
  • Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
  • Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
  • Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
  • Urban Sites of Identification
  • Temporary Urban Interventions
  • Architecture as Public Art

2. CfP for the Panel: Identity in the Visual, Dublin, Ireland, 28 – 29 June 2019

Call for Papers for the Panel:
Identity in the Visual

Panel Organizer: Daniela Chalániová (Anglo-American University, Prague)

Panel Description:

Ever since the so called ‘linguistic turn’ in the 1970s, majority of research on identity in political and social sciences has been focused on language and text - as language has been considered the primary tool for meaning formation, and ideas exchange. Today, we are twenty years from a digital revolution of the 1990s, which on the one hand, made communication faster, more efficient and more global, on the other hand made the linguistic exchange just one of many possibilities. While arguably some visual elements such as symbols and flags have been recognized as important for collective identification, the impact of journalist, fashion and travel photography, films, comic books and documentaries, billboards and brands, sports and arts has largely been neglected by mainstream political science scholars, who viewed images as something rather suspicious. However, with increasing interest in the visual/aesthetic aspects of political and social life (the so called ‘visual/aesthetic turn’ of the late 1990s) it is only logical to take a hard look at identity beyond language, that is, from an interdisciplinary visual perspective.

Images, just like words, are able to communicate norms, meanings and values, they polarize as well as unite communities, identify who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’. Images communicate meanings through logic of association, rather than logic of argumentation as texts often do, appealing to our emotional rather than logical cognition. Images trigger the unconscious processes of stereotyping and value judgments associated with them, effectively constructing affiliation or differentiation, a Self and the Other, with behavioural consequences. Therefore, analysis of visual material in connection to identity should occupy a more prominent place among identity scholars. Political and social science, however, lacks in tools of visual analysis, therefore it needs to broaden its scope into other disciplines such as communication studies, artsand history, cultural studies, media studies, theatre, iconography, semiotics, marketing and advertising, public relations, fashion, photography, cinematography, etc.   

Thus, this panel aims at a more inclusive interdisciplinary approach to identity building, especially in terms of the empirical scope. The goal is to collect empirical as well as theoretical and methodological papers on political and social identity, focused on visual aspects of identity construction.

Suggested topics may include/but are not limited to these:

  • Role of images in multilingual collectivities’ identity construction
  • Role of images in multicultural/multinational collectivities’ identity construction
  • Role of sports as visual performance in identity narratives
  • Emotional appeal of images, symbols and representations
  • American presidential election and the public ‘image’ of the candidates
  • Presidential election and the public ‘image’ of the candidates
  • Constructing the democrats/the republicans in the media
  • Political branding and electoral campaigns
  • Media campaigns of the European Parliament
  • Statues and monuments of national identity
  • Treatment of minorities in films – visualizing the Other
  • National cinema and national identity
  • Images of patriotism
  • Fashion statement as a declaration of belonging
  • Folk costumes and clothing in contemporary national identity narratives
  • Visualizing the gender

While the papers suggested here approach identity from a social-constructivist perspective, other approaches and criticisms are welcome.


If interested in participating in the conference, please read the complete event details on the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 24th of May 2019 by e-mail at application@euroacademia.org

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:

http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8th-identities-and-identifications/