Inaugural European Conference on Cultural Studies (ECCS) 2014 Brighton

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  • 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.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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
    • Soci­ol­ogy
    • Crit­i­cal Race Theory
    • Social Crit­i­cism
    • Queer The­ory
    • Gen­der Stud­ies /​Fem­i­nist Theory
    • Black Fem­i­nism
    • Media Stud­ies
    • Visual Cul­ture
    • Cul­tural Geography
    • Cul­tural History
    • Polit­i­cal Theory
    • Ori­en­tal­ism
    • Crit­i­cal Legal Studies
    • Edu­ca­tion
    • 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!

    Pub­lish­ing Opportunities

    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:

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