CFP: Crossborder migrations and identity formation
Migration is a process that transforms and shapes both the sending and receiving societies. Depending on a number of economic, political and historical factors, the outcomes range from ethno-religious clashes to melting together. Crossborder migrations, including refugee movements, can lead to situations in which the host society, or part of it, shares the ethno-religious identity of the migrants. In such cases, the focus of interaction between the host community and migrants may become similarities as well as differences. Despite the common ethno-religious identity, the encounter of immigrants and natives may pose challenges for both parties. Reinterpreting and redefining the identity, and its symbols and practices may call forth a range of configurations including conflicting claims on the identity, new sub-ethno-religious identities or new solidarities.
In the context of migration, understanding identity formation and drawing boundaries of the collective identity entails considering historical, social, economic, religious, symbolic, cultural parameters and representations.
The purpose of our proposed session is to discuss the rethinking, reformulation and repositioning of identities based on common ethno-religious background as interpreted by the immigrants and the host society. Papers dealing with such cases both in historical and contemporary settings are welcome. Although we intend to limit the geographical focus of the session to Balkans, Middle East, and the Mediterranean basin, cases from other places may be considered, too.
If you are interested to join us please send your abstracts (max. 300 words) to panel organizers Lülüfer Körükmez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sinan Dincer (email@example.com) by 26 April 2013.
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