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LINGUIST List 19.44

Tue Jan 08 2008

Confs: General Linguistics/Belgium

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        1.    Joseph Vromans, Identities under Construction

Message 1: Identities under Construction
Date: 24-Dec-2007
From: Joseph Vromans <jvromansscarlet.be>
Subject: Identities under Construction
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Identities under Construction
Short Title: ID2008

Date: 16-Oct-2008 - 18-Oct-2008
Location: LIEGE, Belgium
Contact: Erik Spinoy
Contact Email: id2008misc.ulg.ac.be
Meeting URL: http://www.id2008.ulg.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Identities under Construction / Identités en construction

Identities, collective and otherwise, have been a source of ardent debates all
through the last decades of the defunct century. This state of affairs must be
seen against the backdrop of a consistent critique of humanism and its
universalist vision of 'man'.


The poststructuralist discourse, which articulated this critique, succeeded in
obtaining an extremely influential, sometimes even hegemonic position in various
disciplines of the humanities at the time. In retrospect, the end of the 20th
century now appears as the hour of affirmation of any number of particularisms,
differences and 'positive' (sexual, ethnic, cultural, postcolonial,?)
identities. This era then provided a context for an important paradigmatic
shift, which also found expression in the creation of the 'anti-discipline' of
cultural studies.

Although the poststructuralist critique of humanism has by now lost a good deal
of its urgency and potency, it has left indelible traces in the reflection on
who and what 'we' are as human beings, and it is far from having exhausted its
potential for intellectual stimulation. Its heritage confronts us with a wide
range of fascinating questions, which include: How is the concept of identity to
be defined? How do identities come into being? What - which discourse(s) - does
an individual or group identify with, and on what grounds does he or she do so?
Is the subject colonized by the discourses identified with or is he/she capable
of maintaining a degree of independence from them? Can one resist the pressures
of hegemonic discourses? Has all reference to a universalist vision of man
become suspect and/or lost its relevance? What are the political (democratic)
conclusions to be drawn from this reflection?

Scientific Committee:
Nico Carpentier (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Marc Delrez (Université de Liège)
Lieven D'hulst (KULeuven)
Jason Glynos (University of Essex)
Bernard Lamizet (Université de Lyon II)
Marco Martiniello (Université de Liège)
Anneleen Masschelein (KULeuven)
Mireille Tabah (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Organising Committee
Marc Jacquemain, marc.jacquemainulg.ac.be
Jean-Marie Klinkenberg, jmklinkenbergulg.ac.be
Gautier Pirotte, gautier.pirotteulg.ac.be
Laurence Rosier, lrosierulb.ac.be
Christine Servais, christine.servaisulg.ac.be
Erik Spinoy, erik.spinoyulg.ac.be
Joseph Vromans, jvromansulg.ac.be

Keynote speakers (confirmed):
Nico Carpentier (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Jean-Marie Gauthier (Université de Liège)
Édouard Delruelle (Université de Liège)
David Howarth (Université d'Essex)
Jason Glynos (Université d'Essex)
Bernard Lamizet (Université de Lyon II)
Marco Martiniello (Université de Liège)
Gautier Pirotte (Université de Liège)
Bernard Stiegler (Centre Pompidou, Paris)
Practical Arrangements:

The official languages of the Conference will be French and English. For
communication purposes, Powerpoint presentations will be given in the other
conference language than that used in the paper.

Conference Website:

Conference Secretariat:
Identities under Construction Conference
Ms. M. Licata
Université de Liège, bât. A2
Place Cockerill, 3-5
B-4000 Liège, Belgium
tel. +32 3665392
fax : +32 4 3665721

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