CFP, ISA 2016: Drawing lines in the water: constituting identity in practices of political representation

Drawing lines in the water: constituting identity in practices of political representation. Investigations in diplomacy, liberal democracy, cosmopolitan peace and global governance

Who is violent? Who is a peaceful identity? Delineating and claiming representation of an identity has been at the heart of the normative constitution of politics since the emergence of European nationalism in the XIXth Century. Nationalism, anticolonial liberation, the claims of traditional parties of right and left, cosmopolitan transnational practices as well as practices of global governance, security, and diplomacy, even the very idea of peace –all depend on the definition of a constituency to be represented. From the global polity, to the nation, small social units divided by wealth, ethnicity, religion, gender or security concerns, political identities need constant differentiation from the Other.

We propose to form a panel that draws on Postructuralist developments in conceptualising and researching identity to discuss how these identities, these lines in the water, are drawn and redrawn in political practices that depend on a claim to representation. Adding to the initial Postructuralist identity turn, this panel proposes to discuss contemporary studies of how the identity of a constituency is delineated by the very political practices that represent it, practices as varied as representative democracy, diplomacy, assistance to refugees or global governance.

Questions to consider include:

How is political identity delineated in competition with other co-existing self/other binaries?

What are the effects of inscriptions of identity on individual and collective political agency?

How can such critiques inform politics beyond claims of liberal representation?

Panel convened by:
Jonathan M. Crock
PhD Candidate in Law (Leiden)

Pablo de Orellana
Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate

Please send your paper proposals to both of us by Friday May 29th Abstracts should not be longer than 200 words.