Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Multiculturalism and Beyond: Cultural Hybridity, Plural Identities, and Identity Politics in the Americas

Date: July 22 - 25, 2009 (Concluding RG-Conference)

Organizers: Sebastian Thies (Bielefeld), Olaf Kaltmeier (Bielefeld), Josef Raab (Duisburg/Essen)

This international and interdisciplinary conference concludes the year-long research group "E Pluribus Unum? Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas", while also serving as the founding meeting of an International Association for Inter-American Studies. The conference will critically examine the concept of 'multiculturalism' as a social, political, and cultural paradigm in the Americas today and explore current developments that go beyond multicultural approaches. It will focus on three main areas: 1.) Politics of Multiculturalism-the politics and policies of national governments, international organizations, public intellectuals, and social movements; 2.) (Post-)Multicultural Representations-depictions and discourses of (post)multiculturalism, hybridity, belonging, and intercultural conflicts in literature, film, music, visual art, and media of the Americas; and 3.) Living Multiculturalism-individual and collective accommodations and translations of identitarian concepts of multiculturalism, hybridity, and diaspora into everyday lives and practices.

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