Second International Conference on Identity Studies

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September 6, 2016 to September 7, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Sociology, Literature, Nationalism History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies


Identities are various: personal, national, religious, regional, racial, gender etc., and it is very difficult to determine which identity is affecting us most. Sometimes it can be one, and sometimes the other. For example, during the presidential race in the United States between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, black women wondered which of the two identities represented them most: their racial or their gender identity.

National identity bears huge relevance and people are willing to die for their nations. Religious is as important as ever, and people are willing to sacrifice their own comforts and sometimes even to discriminate others because of their religious identities. European identity had been an issue of debate since the foundation of the EU when founders envisaged European unification based on a particular set of values shared among founders and prospective future members.

The notion of identity is often ending up in stereotyping and othering of those who have different identities, and irrespective of the approach we take in identity studies we always end up with the same dilemma: why are identities and identifications so important? These and other issues will be a subject of our conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:


Identity and Identifications: theory and methodology

Identity and Nationalism

Gender identity

Literature and Identity

Music and Identity

Art and Identity

Religion and Identity

Ethnicity and Identity

Media and Identity

European identity

Identity and Memory

Identity and Critical theory

Marxist views of Identity


Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.


Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić

( by 15 August 2016.


The Centre established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.


Conference fee  EUR 290, and it includes

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks

Sightseeing for the second day

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance


Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU).

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants. 

Contact Info: 

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities