CfP: Mapping Identities in the Modern World

The fifth annual postgraduate symposium of the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York will take place under the title of ‘Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present‘ on 2 June 2015. The interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cartography and the shaping of geographical boundaries;
  • The construction of selfhood and the ‘other’;
  • Contested identities, spaces and territories;
  • Nationalism and racism 1830-present;
  • Travel-writing/travelogues, voyages of self-discovery;
  • The overlap of identity and culture;
  • Spaces and places of identity in literature;
  • Artistic representations of the self;
  • Cultural identities;
  • (De)constructing identity in the humanities;
  • Philosophies of self;
  • Alienation and/or isolationism.

Proposals of 250-300 words should be sent to cmods-pgforum@york.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2015.

See the call for papers for details.