Creating Identity and Imagined Communities Across Time: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Date / time: 21 April, 12:00 am

Workshop – 19 May 2023, 10 am to 5 pm | Call for Papers, deadline – Friday 21 April 2023

The question of how identities are constructed, and communities formed, especially following migration, is particularly topical. The formation and performance of identities has shaped the lived experience of communities throughout history and, as such, is an important topic for many different disciplines. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, such as history, international relations and politics, literature, sociology, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, and psychology, are invited to participate in an exchange of their knowledge and approaches to studying identities and imagined communities in this interdisciplinary workshop at Aberystwyth University.

Proposals are invited for 30-minute papers or 45-minute sessions on the theme. 45-minute sessions can take any form: roundtables, discussion sessions, collaborative presentations etc. Proposals for hybrid sessions will be considered. Please send proposals of 300 words to: Dr Louisa Taylor,

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The factors and mechanisms which influence the construction of identity
  • How identity functions within communities
  • How communities are defined over time
  • Frontiers, Conquest, and Expansion
  • Myths, beliefs, stories, and histories of identity and community
  • The impact of, and responses, to migration
  • Social, cultural, and legal norms
  • Identity as an inclusive and exclusionary force within communities
  • How to approach the study of ‘imagined communities’ and ‘identity’ respectively

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