Identities in Transition


Identities in Transition


Edited by Georgina Tsolidis

Year: 2012

Format: eBook


This volume is a collection of papers presented at the 4th Global Conference on Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity – A Diversity and Recognition Project, held in Prague, March 2011. This international collection invites us to consider these familiar concepts through fresh eyes in response to studies of various contexts that draw on a range of epistemologies.

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In March 2011 scholars met in Prague at the conference Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity. This event revitalised this important theme related to Diversity and Recognition. The terms ‘interculturalism’ and ‘integration’ are experiencing a renaissance. As the extent of human movement between nations increases attempts are made to balance cultural difference and social cohesion. In some contexts immigration and settlement policies are becoming more draconian in response. Because of this, interculturalism can take on many meanings. However, pivotal to the way interculturalism is understood is identification. As the relationship between nation, ethnicity and language becomes more complex so too do the ways in which people represent them selves. The cultural resources drawn on and the processes used to form identities are examined in this truly international collection. So too are the implications of these developments for how we theorise culture, meaning and identity.

Georgina Tsolidis

Part 1 Culture: Critical Examinations

Culture from the Point of View of Philosophical Anthropology
Karol Chrobak

Acknowledging and Limiting the Moral Significance of Cultural Praxis: Reflections on Cassirer’s Critical Philosophy of Culture
Mehmet Ruhi Demiray

Part 2 Living Together: Questioning Assimilation and Integration

Integrational Politics and Migrant Aspirations: Finding the Balance
Ekaterina Bagreeva and German Mendzheritskiy

Thinking about Intercultural Leadership: Are We Going Deep Enough to Bridge Cultural Differences?
Alicia D. Crumpton

Part 3 Intercultural Dialogues

Interculturality on a Diverse Australian Campus: Identity Formation
Farida Fozdar

Part 4 Transnational Identities: Diaspora and Subject Formation

Kurdish Diaspora: Creating New Contingencies in Trans-National Space
Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya

Part 5 Transnational Identities: The European Experience

Representations of European Cultural Identity in Mini-Europe
Tuuli Lähdesmäki

Part 6 Remaking and Re-Inventing Identities

Left-Wing Italian Jews from the 1960s to 1980s: A Fluid Identity
Matteo Di Figlia

How Things Are Remade Georgian: Glocalization and the Assertion of ‘National’ among Georgian Youth
Lia Tsuladze

Disfigured Past: Unmasking the Meaning and Identity of Historic Architecture
Jennifer Tran

Part 7 Educational Institutions and the Making of Identities

Mirroring Absences: Spatiality and the Schooling of Minorities
Georgina Tsolidis

Part 8 Migrants and Flexible Identities

The (Im)migrant ‘Other’: Conventional and Challenging Representations of the Migrant Subject in Two Greek Plays
Alexandra Simou

Kyrgyz Feasts and Migrant Dreams: Embedding Remittances in Hybrid Social Networks
Igor Rubinov

Part 9 Authenticity, Identity and Media

Advertising Strategy for Teenagers in Taiwan
Tatiana Lishchenko, Meng-Dar Shieh and Kuo-Hsiang Chen

‘Martin was in the jungle alone, and the sun was sinking’: The Weather, Culture and Identity in Virginia Woolf’s The Years
Verita Sriratana

Part 10 Reaching Out, Crossing the Cultural Divide

Women on Purpose: A Model for Cross-Cultural, Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Kim S. Berman and Jane A. Hassinger

An Experimental Study of Russian and Swedish Value Systems
V. Shabes, G. Bostedt, E. Troshchenkova, L. Ivarsson,
U. Damber and T. Potapova

Georgina Tsolidis holds a Chair in Education at the University of Ballarat, Australia. She has extensive experience researching with young people, teachers and parents around issues of cultural difference and schooling. Additionally she has undertaken international studies related to diasporic identification, where the emphasis has been on providing a feminist analysis of the role women play in cultural reproduction. Currently she is an executive member and co-editor of the newsletter for the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations.