CFP ISA 2015: Poststructuralism and multiculturalism: negotiating tensions and intersections

Call for papers ISA 2015

Poststructuralism and multiculturalism: negotiating tensions and intersections

Multiculturalism and poststructuralist approaches have stimulated great debate, particularly among those who question human similarity, binaries and power relations that are often taken for granted. Despite these intersecting agendas, poststructuralist scholarship challenges multiculturalism as a state-centric theory that reinforces a liberal order exclusive to the ‘west’. While both sides appear to have come to a stalemate, much less has been done in pursuing a collaborative approach. Understanding multiculturalism in a local context is increasingly relevant, with the visibility of new diversities that exceed usual categories and frameworks typically used to understand group needs. A discursive approach to multiculturalism uncovers the role of local sites and practices that shape attitudes and practices towards difference and recognition. While under-examined within the scholarship of multiculturalism, local sites reflect historical trajectories, collective memories and practices of inclusion/exclusion. In particular, analysing practices and sites with a discursive lens exposes how multicultural governance can be both productive and repressive, according to the fluid encounters of local and global norms.

We invite contributions that consider how poststructuralist approaches are useful in understanding forms of ‘local’ multiculturalism. Papers should take a context-driven approach that considers how local sites and practices shape notions of identity, inclusion and representation. Subjects of interest include but are not restricted to heritage tourism, popular culture and digital media.

With the objective of an integrative approach towards multiculturalism, this panel aims to ask and address questions such as:
How can we understand multiculturalism through poststructuralist approaches?
How does poststructuralism add to global/local discussions, historical trajectories and collective memories regarding multiculturalism?
How do poststructuralist approaches expose productive and/or repressive practices of multiculturalism?
Can ‘local’ multiculturalism shape ‘global’ notions of identity and representation?

Please send your paper proposals to both of us by May 1.

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