Space, Place and Hybridity in National Imagination
Abstr. due: 06.01.2017
Dates: 23.11.17 — 24.11.17
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Grenoble Alpes University
The research group ILCEA4 is pleased to announce the organisation of an international conference on “Space, Place and Hybridity in National Imagination” to be held at Grenoble Alpes University. It proposes to examine the notion of hybridity or cross-fertilization in the highly controversial field of national identity–namely the spaces, figures and historical events that best symbolize it, as exemplified in the cultural productions originating from a nation or an ethnic or community group. The concept of “third space” as developed by Homi Bhabha in his seminal book The Location of Culture, is particularly productive in that it suggests a vision of space based not on confrontation, binary oppositions or antagonistic relationships of lordship and bondage, but on interactions involving exchange, transfer and mediation.
The conference shall examine the foundations of any “imagined community” (Benedict Anderson) and the ways in which artistic productions cause this set of images, values and references to evolve. These both reflect a history and a heritage but also expose their inherent limitations and underlying ideology, thus paving the way for the progressive transformation of such national figures, values and spatial representations.
All the elements pertaining to culture in a general sense and commonly considered as representative of national identity are within the scope of the symposium:
Iconography: flags, posters (nationalistic or otherwise), emblematic figures (specimens from the local flora and fauna for example), the representation of the national landscape in painting or photography, allegorical figures of the nation.
The short form as a medium for the national sentiment: national anthems, songs, poems.
Literature in a general sense: fiction, children’s and young adult literature, textbooks, political speeches, philosophical essays, history books.
Places, types of geographical spaces but also historical events crystallizing what the nation is supposed to represent (map making, memorial ceremonies, official events).
Cultural productions: film, dance, street art.