Call for Papers:
"The Nation: Narratives and Community"
2 March 2009, Singapore
National narratives – or the stories that nations tell to tie their past, present and future – are powerful tools in shaping national identity. As such, debates on nation-building and community-bonding are often incomplete without reference to the construction of a common historical narrative to develop a sense of belonging. Another possible important function of national narratives is the transmission of values and beliefs that forms the basis for national policy.
The workshop seeks to bring together scholars to critically evaluate the role of national narratives in shaping national identity or identities. The workshop aims to refine this debate by examining:
(1) the extent to which a nation’s values and identity is reified and its collective historical memory reflected in the formulation of national policies;
(2) the extent to which alternative narratives are permitted to join and influence the discussion on national identities; and (3) the manner in which the success of narratives can be measured.
We welcome papers that address the topic vis-à-vis (although not limited to) the following policies:
- Immigration and citizenship,
- Social stratification and integration,
- City spaces and urban planning
- National security, and
Travel and Accommodation
The centre will provide travel and accommodation for international participants selected for the workshop. This strictly constitutes economy airfare on the most direct flights available to Singapore, Airport-Hotel Transfer, as well as accommodation for the duration of the conference i.e. the night of the 1st till the 3rd of March 2009.
Abstracts and Papers
We invite submissions (in English only) from all disciplines relevant to the theme of the workshop. Please send abstracts of approximately 300-350 words in electronic form to Joanna Phua (firstname.lastname@example.org). All proposals should include name, contact information, institutional affiliation and a short narrative biography (not more than 400 words).
Presentations should be approximately 20-minutes, and papers between 6000-8000 words.
All abstracts should reach us by the 29th November 2008.
Selected participants will be notified by the 5th December 2008.
Final submission of papers is expected by the 2nd February 2009.
For more information please contact:
Ms. Joanna Phua
Tel: (+65) 6790 - 6341
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