Identity, belonging and activism in the 21st Century

February 24, 2018
Venue: University of Nottingham
Abstract Deadline: December 8, 2017

How do the pressures of austerity, migration and populism impact on identity and belonging in the 21st century?

What is the emotional cost of maintaining the ‘self’ in circumstances of marginalisation and feelings of ‘unbelonging’?

How are identities challenged by multiple sites of oppression and new threats to community and solidarity?

How does individual and collective action influence policy and bring about social change in this context?

Identity and belonging are dynamic sociological concepts illuminating the ways in which individuals navigate the effects of local and global inequalities. The lived experiences of individuals offer important insights into effects of ‘(un)belonging’ and the maintenance of the ‘self’. Perspectives from social class analysis, identity politics and intersectionality challenge populist notions of division and individualism.

We invite doctoral and early career researchers to present on these and related questions at the 10th Anniversary Enquire Conference. We welcome abstracts on empirical and theoretical research which could be based on, but not limited to, the following areas:

• ‘Race’ & ethnicity • Disability • Gender • Social class
• Migration • Sexuality • Technology • Place & space
• Political activism • Age • The body • Globalisation
• Social citizenship • Social Policy • Education • Intersectionality

This is a one-day event, costing £10, to be held on Saturday 24th February 2018, with keynote speakers including Professor Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster) and Dr Elisabetta Zontini (Nottingham). We welcome abstracts of 250-350 words in length for presentations of 15 minutes, to be submitted to by 8th December 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.

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