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Identities and Identifications

Call for Papers

Theme: Identities and Identifications
Subtitle: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities
Type: 8th Euroacademia International Conference
Institution: Euroacademia
Location: Dublin (Ireland)
Date: 28.–29.6.2019
Deadline: 24.5.2019

Identity is one of the crown jewelries in the kingdom of ‘contested
concepts’. Few concepts are so integral to social assumptions,
beliefs and claims of belonging while simultaneously escaping a clear
definition or even a minimal consensus. The idea of identity is
conceived to provide some unity and recognition while it also exists
by separation and differentiation. From personal to group and
collective identities, multiple layers of identifications juxtapose
conflict or exclude. Few concepts were used as much as identity for
contradictory purposes. From the fragile individual identities as
self-solidifying frameworks, to layered in-group identifications in
families, orders, organizations, religions, ethnic groups, regions,
nation-states, supra-national entities or any  other social entities,
the idea of identity always shows up in the core of debates and makes
everything either too dangerously simple or too complicated.
Constructivist and de-constructivist strategies have led to the same
result: the eternal return of the topic. Some say we should drop the
concept, some say we should keep it and refine it, some say we should
look at it in a dynamic fashion while some say it’s the reason for
resistance to change. In the meantime, identities are
programmatically asserted and promoted to generate cohesion and
demand recognition while the process of identification excludes and
creates boundaries and alterity making practices.

If identities are socially constructed and not genuine formations,
they still hold some responsibility for inclusion/exclusion –
self/other nexuses. Looking at identities in a research oriented
manner provides explanatory tools for a wide variety of events and
social dynamics. Identities reflect the complex nature of human
societies and generate reasonable comprehension for processes that
cannot be explained by tracing pure rational driven pursuit of
interests. The feelings of attachment, belonging, recognition, the
processes of values’ formation and norms integration, the logics of
appropriateness generated in social organizations, are all factors
relying on a certain type of identity or identification. Multiple
identifications overlap, interact, include or exclude, conflict or
enhance cooperation. Identities create boundaries and borders; define
the in-group and the out-group, the similar and the excluded, the
friend and the threatening, the insider and the ‘other’. Even more,
identities generate legitimating circumstances for social and
political action; assert the power of naming and rules of belonging
while setting the stage for the perception of the other. The other
can be internal, as difference and incomplete coherence with the
in-group, or external as acknowledged difference or even in cases of
radical alterity as perceived threat. The formation of identities can
lead to multicultural integration of diversity, tolerance,
recognition and pluralism while simultaneously exclude and build

The 8th Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and
Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities' aims to
scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to
bring once more into debate the processes of identity making,
identity building in both constructivist or de-constructivist
dimensions. The conference will include a wide variety of
contributions on identity making practices while fostering a critical
assessment of intended or unintended consequences that lead to the
politicization of identities. It is the aim of the Euroacademia
conference to open the floor to dynamic multi-dimensional and
inter-disciplinary understandings of identities in their historic
formation or in the way they shape the present and future of
organizations or communities. The conference however seeks also to
integrate and address the misunderstandings or misconceptions
implicit to identity formation practices. A focal place will be given
to methodological refinement and innovation in the research of
identities in a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Euroacademia aims to bring together a wide network of intellectuals,
academics, researchers, practitioners and activists that are willing
to share and open to debate their research on identity related
topics. Disciplinary, trans and inter-disciplinary approaches,
methodological assessments, innovations and recommendations, single
case studies or cross-sectional analyses, reflective essays,
experience sharing or works addressing new puzzles are all welcomed.

Conference panels include the following topics:

Welcome to the Land of Disputes: Theoretic Contributions to
Understanding Identity ~ Personal Identity ~ Individualism and
Autonomy ~ Modernity and Identity ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors
in the Study of Organizations ~ Critical Approaches to Understanding
Identity ~ Universal and Local in Identity Making ~ Processes of
Identity Building ~ Practices of Identification ~ Identity and
Inclusion ~ Identity and Exclusion ~ The Politicization of the
European Identity ~ European Union and the Claims of an Emerging
Supranational Identity ~ America as a Soft Power: Attraction Through
Identitarian Constructs ~ Normative Powers and the Export of
Identities ~ Identity and the Power of Naming the Other ~ In-Group –
Out-Group Dynamics in Identity Formation ~ Identities as Endogenous
Factors in Explaining Political Behaviors ~ Religion and Identities ~
Imagined Communities: Preserving Identity as A Foreigner ~ Art as an
Identity Making Process ~ Folklore and the National Identity
Narratives ~ History Reading and Identity Making ~ Ideal and Real
Multiculturalism: How Inclusive Our Societies Are? ~ Regions and
Identities ~ East/West – North/South: Imaginary Geographies of
Identities ~ Core/Periphery Claims in Shaping Identities ~ Nested
Identities ~ Identitarian Threats ~ Symbols of Identities: Flags,
Coins, Stamps and Anthems ~ Cosmopolitanism and Supra-National
Identities ~ Film and the Visual Narration of identities ~ Music and
the Identitarian Signifiers ~ Literature and Identities ~ Groups,
Gangs, Movements and Identities ~ Protest and Identities ~ Ethnicity
and Identity ~ Regional Integration Projects and Identity
Appropriations ~ Globalization and Identities ~ Uses and Miss-uses of
Identities for Political Purposes ~ Organizations and Identities ~
Markets, Products and Identities ~ Consumerism and its Impact on
Identity Building ~ Corporate Identity ~ Brand Identity ~ Identity
and Conflict ~ Crises of Identity

If interested in participating, 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:

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