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Call for Papers

Theme: Identities
Subtitle: Understanding of Oneself, Others and the World
Type: XXVII International Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Institution: Graduate Students' Association of the Department of
History, University of Montreal
Location: Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date: 18.–20.3.2020
Deadline: 13.1.2020

Identities and discourses of alterity are, at all times and in all
societies, an integral part of social, political, economic, cultural
and territorial interactions. Our views of ourselves and others tend
to be influenced by multiple factors, including discourses on
individuals, groups and their environment, as well as various
performances and materialities. The historiography of identities and
alterities is now divided into several subfields. Concepts of
plurality and the multitude are hence at the core of our
understandings of self, others and the environment.

In view of this, the organizing committee is pleased to offer a
platform for exchanges and reflections on the use and
conceptualization of identities and alterities as well as their
relations with the environment in which they exist and evolve. In
what ways do they vary in time and space? How are they shaped? How
are they institutionalized? How do alterities act as factors in
identity construction? How do they confront and/or comfort each
other? In what ways are they influenced by internal or external
ideologies? By what means are they disseminated and shared? By what
mechanisms are they made invisible? How do identity groups represent
themselves, others and their backgrounds? Who is marginalized by
these identities and what is their agency? What mechanisms explain
these rejections and what are their consequences? Finally, in the
context of scholarship, how do these concepts influence the work of

The committee seeks proposals for presentations of 15 to 20 minutes
addressing, but not limited to, the following themes:

- Movements related to identities and otherness or representations of
others (concepts of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability,
language, religion, etc.)

- Representations related to the understanding of self, others or the
comprehension of the world on a social, cultural, political, economic
and geographical level.

- Issues related more broadly to identities (national, religious,
gendered, sexual, linguistic, territorial, etc.)

Graduate students from any field of study whose work focuses on these
themes are invited to participate in the XXVII International
Interdisciplinary Colloquium of Graduate Students’ Association of the
Department of History of the University of Montreal. Participation in
this colloquium is an excellent opportunity to present your research,
interact with fellow students and professors, and eventually publish
your findings.

Please submit your proposal in either English or French (250 words
maximum) before January 13, 2020, at 6 p.m., to with a copy to Applicants must also provide
their first and last name, institutional affiliation and an estimate
of travel costs if financial assistance is required.

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