Research Area 6: Cultural Identities
Within our particular Research Area we deal with a very complex and fluid set of notions of identity. We tend to approach it from a vast array of cultural perspectives. In this regard, it is important to emphasize the interconnectedness of the two mentioned concepts, that is, the concept of culture and identity, which could not be grasped independently but must instead be taken together in all its conflictual dynamics. Hence, throughout our theoretical discussions we seek to bring light to the potential results of the aforementioned intertwining. Subsequent to paradigms such as poststructuralism and deconstruction theory that have profoundly shaped identitarian theory and politics within the past few decades, we are also invested in building on alternative theoretical takes on cultural identity that may extend and challenge but do not ignore former conceptual articulations and its influential legacies. This includes reframed notions of terms such as identity and/or subjectivity in a direction of their never-ending search for ''the Other'' as a constitutive element that paradoxically confirms their always already incoherent ontological status. The notion of identity, in this sense, is not to be taken as an autonomous and self-sustaining entity, but rather as an open yet fundamental network that consists of distinct layers of productive intersections between subjects and objects, dramatically informed by various discursive repertoires. Following this path, we welcome a number of theoretical angles that include but are not limited to: New Materialism, Posthumanism, Embodiment and Affect Theory, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Narratology, Philosophy of Self and similar.
Current Events Summer Term 2018
19 June 2018: Keynote Lecture offered by Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez (University of Bern, Switzerland): “The Road Not Taken: Ethics and Non-Negative Non-Agency”
20 June 2018: Master Class offered by Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez (University of Bern, Switzerland): “Rethinking Agency – Rethinking Community”
Alexander Flaß (Alexander.Flass@gcsc.uni-giessen.de)
Aleksandar Talović (Aleksandar.Talovic@gcsc.uni-giessen.de)