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Postgraduate Conference: Identity Formation

The Faculty of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, The University of Manchester, Wednesday 4 April 2007


This will be the first ever conference to incorporate all the departments
in the Faculty of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at The University of
Manchester.  This exciting inaugural event aims to be all inclusive and
embrace all modern foreign languages; it will treat the notion of
"Identity Formation" in literature, art, film and media studies under
three main themes:

1.	The role of philosophy in the formation of identity:

- this addresses how the individual acts/forms his identity as a result of
his philosophical ideas.

- it could include the philosophical ideas and values of, for example, the
Enlightenment; the Counter-Enlightenment; Irrationalism; Existentialism;  
Post-Structuralism; Post-Colonialism etc.

2.	Diasporic and transcultural identities:

- this could include the notion of "becoming" identities; of identities
being interchangeable; the concept of hybridity; and the effects of
migration on identities.

3.	Narrative identity:

- this addresses the idea of identity as a meaningful narrative
construction with a sense of time, a plot and a location and containing an
assemblage of parts.


The guest speakers will be the distinguished scholars PROFESSOR CHARLES
FORSDICK, The University of Liverpool, and PROFESSOR ADRIAN ARMSTRONG, The
University of Manchester.

Amongst other subjects, Professor Forsdick will discuss postcolonial
representation and the effects of displacement, migration and travel on
the identity of a historical figure freighted through two centuries of
transcultural representations.

Professor Armstrong will discuss how to successfully pursue a career in
academia as a postgraduate student and will address issues of learning and
teaching within higher education.

Please join us for an exploration of this compelling subject of identity

Postgraduate students are cordially invited to submit abstracts relating
to one of the three aforementioned panel subjects.


Please follow these instructions carefully:

- Abstracts [and papers] should be in English and no longer than 150

- All citations in both the abstract and the paper should be given in

- Abstracts should indicate clearly which of the three panels they
correspond to; please put the title of the panel you are applying to as
the e-mail's subject.

- Abstracts must be simply pasted/written into the e-mail and not attached
as a Word [or other] document.  Please also indicate the proposed title
for the paper at the start of the abstract.

- Please state whether you will require PowerPoint/an overhead projector
for your paper.

- The papers are to be 20 minutes in length and no longer, with
approximately 10 minutes for questions.

- Abstracts should be sent to

- The submission deadline is 15 January 2007. 


- Registration is via e-mail.  Please send your name, faculty, institution
and contact telephone number to  Registration
closes on 25 February 2007.

- Please send a cheque for ten pounds by 25 February 2007 to the following

Ms. Michela Aboldo [S3.8]
Faculty of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Oxford Rd.
M13 9PL

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting and inaugural event.  

Enquiries should be addressed to Michela Aboldo at:
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