Call for papers: ‘The Need to Belong: Identity, Solidarity and Resistance in Everyday Life

Friday 13th March 2015, 12.30-5pm
Space 7 Culture Lab, Newcastle University

What does it mean to belong to a group, nation or community? Who can claim to belong, how, and with what consequences? This interdisciplinary event will explore what it means to ‘belong’, how belonging may be expressed or rejected, and the politics and emotional attachments involved in belonging as drawn from examples spanning historic correspondence, the everyday experience of resistance, contemporary migration and the inequalities involved in identity construction.

Confirmed speakers: Professor Montserrat Guibernau (Queen Mary University of London) ‘Belonging: The Necessary Ambiguity of Symbols’, Professor Peter Hopkins (Social Geography, Newcastle University), Professor Tim Kirk (European History, Newcastle University) and Dr Adam Mearns (English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University).

We now welcome abstracts from early career researchers and research students who would like to take part e.g. by giving a paper, running an activity, performing or presenting work in progress for no more then 20 minutes.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and should be sent to Emma Coffield ( by Friday 6th March.


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