The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Inaugural European Conference on Cultural Studies (ECCS) 2014, to be held on July 24 – 27, 2014 at the Thistle Hotel Brighton in Brighton, United Kingdom.
2014 Conference Theme: Borderlands of Becoming, Belonging and Sharing
Local, national and global cultures have been transformed by an intensification of human migration, mobility and multi-culture with multiple and complex claims of home, identity and belonging. Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings.
Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways. This conference, which focuses on the borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing, is therefore about examining how the culture of everyday life is regulated and contested across diverse political, economic and social contexts, and whether and how it creates spaces of belonging with others.
The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, critical reflection and analysis about emerging social, political and cultural identities that are formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings and their expression and about the possibility of making them shared across differences.
We welcome papers that focus on (but not limited to):
- Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
- Belonging and the intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
- Seeking refuge, unruly belonging(s) and border politics
- Trauma and joy of becoming and belonging
- Communication, new technologies and belonging
- Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
- Cultural politics of survival/transgression
- New imaginings/formations of home
- Citizenship beyond borders
- Multicultural exhaustion/renewal
- Belonging in the Anthropocene
- Multiple and complex belongings
- Re-locating culture across borders
- Convivial cultures and the imagined communities
- Creation of shared space(s) of multiple belongings
ECCS 2014 encourages participants from a range of inter/disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, including but not limited to:
- Cultural Studies
- Critical Race Theory
- Social Criticism
- Queer Theory
- Gender Studies /Feminist Theory
- Black Feminism
- Media Studies
- Visual Culture
- Cultural Geography
- Cultural History
- Political Theory
- Critical Legal Studies
- Political Philosophy
- Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
We hope that the 2014 conference theme will encourage academic and personal encounters and exchanges across national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides. We look forward to seeing you in cosmopolitan, diverse and fun Brighton, the perfect European home for IAFOR’s latest Cultural Studies event!
Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference. For more information about the IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies and other journals, click here.
International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary
The European Conference on Cultural Studies is organized as part of a month long series of academic events in the UK organized by IAFOR. Those attending the ECCS will have the opportunity of attending the following conferences held in parallel for no extra charge: