February 25, 2014, by Katharine Adeney

Tri-campus workshop on Identity and Recognition

This event has now been postponed.  An update will be posted when more information is available. 

A tri-campus workshop will be held at the University of Nottingham UK under the auspices of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) and the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies (CSPI).  We are inviting paper proposals from academics at all three campuses, and will also directly invite some external speakers to complement the paper proposals we receive.

The politics of identity construction and the ways in which identities have been recognised, both by individuals and by institutions, have been the subject of political and historical debate. Human beings have multiple, overlapping, complementary and often competing identities.  The ways in which we experience our identities are dependent on multiple factors and are situational.  The salience of a particular identity or facet of identity is often bought to the fore by changes in the security of that identity, which can be at an individual, group, sub state, state or global level.

Such changes can be promoted by many factors, including but not exclusively, a change in the democratic status of a state, ideological rearticulations, a result of migration (and policies responding to it), policies of recognition and de-recognition, economic stresses, global tensions, as well as institutional changes within state borders.

These issues have been extremely pertinent in states across the world, with a multitude of attitudes on, and responses to, identity recognition at the individual and the institutional level.  This workshop seeks to investigate how identities have been expressed and articulated in a comparative framework – both in the countries of Asia but also in relation to other regions of the world.  Although there will be space for papers on individual cases, we are encouraging papers on individual cases to adopt a comparative approach with regard to the literature on identity and recognition as well as those that seek to tease out commonalities and differences between similar debates in different regions of the world.

Suggested panels (but we are open to including others)

Institutional recognition.

De-recognition of identities.

Nationalism – both at state and sub state levels

Understandings of recognition

Layered recognition.


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