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CALL. 30.09.2020: Multiple Identities... since antiquity - (Online)


The PhD students in History at the University of Pisa are pleased to announce a call for papers for a three-days online seminar (December 10, 11, 12, 2020), concerning the multifaceted concept of identity and its many dimensions.







The seminar aims to grasp the complexity and intersection of different affiliations and identity constructions. In this sense, we will share new methodological and epistemological approaches, with a diachronic, global and interdisciplinary perspective. The different panels will address the following main questions: which are the multiple features of the social identity of a human being? What is the link between identity and territory in the Ancient world? In what dynamics is the identity of the individual involved and which of them could be considered among the causes of social inequality? How does religion affect the definition of community membership in the Middle Ages? How did the different experiences of mobility affect the definition of national membership between the 18th and 20th centuries? How gender, race and social class have contributed to defining a ‘natural’ subalternity/diversity of the Other? How to participate and calendar. We encourage proposals from PhD students and researchers addressing these issues in their research projects - regardless of their disciplinary area of origin, as well as of the historical period, and the geographical and cultural area they are interested in. The candidates must submit their proposals in Italian, English or French for one of the four following panels: ● Egyptology; ● Near Eastern Studies; ● Medieval Studies; ● Early Modern and Contemporary History. The three-days online seminar will end with a roundtable discussion. All proposals must be sent via the online form to the following email address:>. Proposals should consist of a short description of 300 characters maximum. The proposal may also include the names and a short biography of the discussant (including First name, Last name and Institution). Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2020. The decisions of the Scientific Committee will be communicated on 15th October. We will be pursuing options for a publication of proceedings from this seminar. Therefore, a written version of the intervention may be asked. The arrangements for the publication will be communicated to the participants in the months following the seminar. ------ The purpose of the conference is to investigate the concept of identity and its different and multiple dimensions in a diachronic and global perspective from antiquity to the contemporary world. Contributions about the following topics are welcome: the multiple traits of individual social identity, the link between identity and territory, social inequality, relationship between religion and community belonging, influence of different mobility experiences on the definition of the concept of belonging, methodology in defining identity through archaeological data. The panel concerning Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East turns its interest to issues such as the birth of the first hierarchical societies with an identity character and the process of integration and acceptance of alien cultural features and their expression through the archaeological dataset. In archaeological and historiographic research, material culture can be interpreted as a means of understanding political, economic and community differences. These phenomena arise at the dawn of civilization, in the first state organizations, but can be identified throughout the history of a society. These aspects can be found in material culture or visual codes, thus highlighting a changeable social identity, crossed by mechanisms of exchange and technical-stylistic influences. The different methodologies adopted by the research are increasingly able to identify the multiple identity traits inherent in ancient communities and societies. The intent of the panel is to examine in more depth the tools necessary for the study of the different dimensions of identity in the Near Eastern and Egyptian history, examining exchange of cultural practices and the transmission of ideas in a more accurate and dynamic perspective. The final aim is to reconstruct the "invisible" social history, verifiable throughout archaeological dataset, and to recognize its importance or eventual exploitation through various historical methodologies and approaches. The particular methodological points of view offered by the several sources will permit to create a dialogue between the different research perspectives.


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