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The 21st Century is a time of cultural and social acceleration (Rosa, 2013), which continuously shapes physical limits by updating socio-cultural dynamics in the hybrid form of overlapping, blending and mixing of cultural identities. The novel COVID-19 pandemic highlights this global dimension by provoking an even faster digitalization of all spheres of life and forming new cultural hierarchies through disparities in technological development and economic resources. Is this crisis one of the examples that show how cultural hybridity can be reconceptualised in theoretical discourses and social practice? In this laboratory-conference, we look for a more concrete, differentiated and nuanced understanding of cultural hybridity, stressing the need for a critique of the concept and its harmonious connotations. We aim to explore new ways to overcome the essentialization and commodification of cultural hybridity that has been taking place in the last decades in the global world. In this way, we encourage new meanings, action-oriented concepts in a broader discussion about localization, translation and digitalization of cultural identities in our interconnected global world.
specially in the current times, that highlighted the economical, social and cultural differences in experiencing the pandemic globally, we stress the need of new approaches focused on localization (Hahn, 2012) and translation of cultures by local actors in historical sites (Bachmann-Medick, 2014), reconstructing the process of hybridization, like grafting (Wirth, 2020), and highlighting alternative approaches to cultural encounters, as between missionaries and locals (Shaws, 2018). Hybridity relates to identities travelling across the individual, political, religious, cultural and virtual spaces in contexts of nation-states, transnational movements and globalization. We invite theoretical and empirical contributions about the following focuses concerning cultural hybridity (but not limited to them):
• 21st-century individual and collective identities
• the coronavirus pandemic and the digitalisation of daily life
• nation-state building/preservation
• the 'otherness' in the interconnected global world
• multiple historical stages
• in situ formulations in worldwide geographic areas
The organizers invite doctoral and postdoctoral candidates, scholars from different stages (and not limited to them) within all disciplines and inter-disciplines of the Humanities (including Religion Studies and History) and Social Sciences to send their abstracts for contributions (max. 300 words with a short biographical statement) no later than the 1st of March 2021 to Clara.Verri and Laura.Popa. Selected papers will be published in an issue of a peer-reviewed journal. You can find the full CfP here:
Laura Popa, Clara Verri