CALL FOR PAPERS: IDENTITIES AND REPRESENTATIONS | ICON Mainz | 20.-21.11.2020 | Deadline: 30.6.2020
Corona Update The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge that will accompany us for some time in the future. What consequences does this have for our ICON conference in November? ICON will take place – COVID-19 should not deter you from handing in your abstracts. Deadline CfP: June 30 If circumstances allow it, we will welcome our speakers and guests as planned at the university of Mainz – of course with all necessary precautions concerning hygiene and distancing. Alternatively, we are ready to set up a digital conference – including talks and discussions via video and chat. We will inform you about the format and details of the conference a few months in advance, so everyone will have enough time for preparations. We are looking forward to welcoming all our participants on November 20 and 21– either in person or in the digital world. Stay healthy! The ICON Team --- Why identity? The opportunities people are or aren’t given, the decisions they do or don’t make, the qualities they ascribe to themselves and to others – identity is entangled everywhere. Mention, e.g., a particular sexual orientation, ethnicity, or mental condition and one risks being reduced to a single characteristic. The way we perceive ourselves and others is constantly shaped by language, image, picture, sound, gesture, clothing; the list goes on. Forms of representation can include and exclude, promote and limit self-expression, as well as hinder seeing beyond stereotypes. Coming to terms with identity appears constantly across cultural, social, and literary discourses. ICON 2020 will provide a discussion forum for all disciplines that address one of the countless aspects of identity and representation. Potential contribution topics include: Personal and group identity Identification Citizenship Representation of nationalities and cultures Immigrant experience Identity politics Intersectionality Feminism Performativity LGBTQ+ identities and representation Gender representation Identity construction through language, narrative, or (social) media Identities throughout history Are our understandings of identity and forms of representation really appropriate? Do they provide a suitable basis for addressing identity related conflicts? How does one avoid the danger of essentializing identities? Does “difference” incline us to construct mutually exclusive categories when dealing with “identity?” Is there a way to ensure beneficial exchange? Possible formats of presentations include: Individual talks (20 minutes + 30 minutes discussion period) Joint talks (20 minutes + 30 minutes discussion period) Posters Workshops (50 or 100 minutes, workshops must actively involve the participants) Creative work (e.g., photo exhibition, performance, concert or audiovisual presentation) Abstract Submission We invite submissions of abstracts (550-600 words) on aspects of this wide range of topics. Please include a short bio with your name, affiliation, university, and field of study in the body of your email, and send your attached abstract prepared for blind review by April 30, 2020 to email@example.com. Guidelines for abstracts are available here: https://icon.uni-mainz.de/abstract-submission-2020/.