Family narratives/National(istic) narratives - Workshop

Organisation

Organizers:

Macarena García González (ISEK), Ieva Bisirgskaité (Gender Studies Group)

Date:

From May 22 to May 23, 2014

Location:

Andreastrasse 15, 8050. Room 3/46

Keynotes:

Ann Phoenix is a Professor at the Institute of Education at the University of London and co-director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit. Her research interests lie within psychosocial investigations of social identities, motherhood, young people and gender. She co-edited the 'Special issue of European Journal of Women's Studies on 'Intersectionality'. Her most recent funded research projects analyze boys and masculinities, young people and consumption as well as adult reconceptualizations of 'non-normative' childhoods', particularly of serial migration, visibly ethnically mixed households and language brokering in transnational families.

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein is a Professor of Critical Theory at University of Reading and Director of the Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL). She has published The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair and On Having an Own Child: Reproductive Technologies and the Cultural Construction of Childhood. Her research interests are inter- and multidisciplinary Critical and Literary Theory as well as gendered, national, cultural, ethnic constructions of identity.

Registration

The registration is closed.

Deadline: May 5th

Call for Papers

Identity scholars suggest that in order to understand the complex technologies behind identity formation, one needs to see this process as a perpetual telling of stories that enables us to know ourselves and the world in which we live. Given that identity is constructed within a social and, therefore, political domain, it is never singular, but rather consists of various identities that can be located within one’s nationality, race, ethnicity, family or kinship, language, class, gender, political affiliation, religion, etc. Consequently, specific narratives dealing with each of these characteristics inform the creation of personal narratives. Institut für Populäre Kulturen, Romanisches Seminar and the Gender Studies Group from University of Zurich call for proposals from doctoral and post-doctoral researchers interested in an interdisciplinary exploration of narrative analysis as a means by which to gain insight into the construction of social discourses on national and ethnic identity, and their intersections with symbolic constructions of the ideal family and ‘family-normativity’. This two-day workshop aims to set up an interdisciplinary dialogue among junior researchers in which narrative is not seen as exclusive to the literary domain, but also as a useful tool for exploring the construction of identity. Furthermore, special focus on family representations brings a theoretical and methodological framework to a topic that interests transversally those working from anthropological, ethnographical, psychological, literary, gender and cultural studies perspectives, fostering innovative exchanges at a graduate level at UZH and beyond. Participants are invited to deliver 20-minute presentations focusing on the methodological and theoretical framework and processes behind their work. Two leading scholars will participate in this workshop to provide significant feedback after each presentation. They will open each day’s session with an hour-long keynote lecture, sharing their methodological and intellectual challenges while employing narrative analysis into their research, as well as providing important bibliographies of literature that guides their research.

Deadline for submission:

15th January 2014. Please send a 350-word (maximum) description of your contribution to [email address removed]. All submissions will be reviewed by the conference co-organizers.

Language:

Submissions may be written in German, but participants will be asked to present in English.