Transnationalism and Questions of Identity: Diaspore Italiane-Italy in Movement Conference
City: New York City
Abstr. due: 01.04.2018
Dates: 01.11.18 — 03.11.18
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
"Transnationalism and Questions of Identity," the second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane - Italy in Movement, will be held in New York City, the backdrop for discussions that explore ideas of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century.
Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt, and develop in reciprocal contact in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in the world today. Transnational subjects, who, within varying degrees of structural constraint, navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerge as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination.
- How do ideas of identities in motion compare with traditional ways of understanding cultural identities as fixed essences, typically anchored to metaphysical notions such as blood, the land, family, or divinity?
- What can be said about the creation of and challenges to generational concepts and constructions of identity?
- What is the role of memory, both individual and collective, in the creation of senses of belonging to one culture or another?
- How do migration, diaspora, and colonial studies create, adapt, and challenge changing ideas of race, class, gender, and ethnicity?
- How do the arts and formal education affect individual and collective senses of belonging or not to one culture or to many cultures?