6th Forum of Critical Studies Lucca November 2017

6th Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again


23 – 25 November 2017

Agora Cultural Centre, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy





Deadline: 15th of September 2017 (Regular Registration)
Early Bird Deadline: 15th of August 2017

Conference Description:
Some say that the 21st Century or modernity altogether made humans more concerned with doing rather than being. As the classical Greek civilization valued most the reflexive thinking as a form of freedom from natural necessities, contemporary times profoundly involve individuals and the imaginary accompanying social practices in a restless logic of consumption, competition and engagement that profoundly – or some would say, radically – suspends or indefinitely postpones the autonomous capacity of human beings to question and reflect upon the social order and the meaning of social practices. The fast advancement of a peculiar logic of post-industrial societies, the gradual dissolution of alternative models to the capitalist logic and a multitude of other alerting factors pushed ahead a global spread culture of one-dimensional productions of meaning that advances a closure rather than a constant reflexive re-evaluation of cultural and social practices.
The 6th Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners, artists and activists profoundly concerned with evaluative understandings of the world we’re living in. The focus of the forum is to initiate an arena where no question is misplaced and irrelevant as long as we acknowledge that evaluation, critical thinking and contestation are accessible trajectories to better understand our past, present and alternative scenarios for the future. The Forum is also an open stage for sharing existing or ready formed intellectual visions and expose them to dialogue and scrutiny in a critically reflective environment. The 6th edition of the forum is the last edition to be replaced and followed from 2018 by the yearly Festival of Critical Studies to be held in Lucca. The Festival aims to become a creative meeting point for all the critical studies perspectives coming from intellectuals, academics, performing artists, change makers and idea shapers.

New Proposed Panels

Philosophy, Autonomy and Culture
Theory and Praxis: Bridging the Gap in Critical Theory
Marxism Reloaded or Philosophy in Times of Poverty
The Eurozone Crisis. Transformative Impact on the European Project and Model(s) of Capitalism
Art as Cultural Diplomacy
Art History and Representations of Identity
Performing Identity: Identity and Performance in Literature, Theater and the Performing Arts
Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction
The Sequential Art: Comics as a Cultural Nexus
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Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (6th Edition)

22 – 23 June 2017


Villa Vittoria – Palazzo dei Congressi
Florence, Italy


The 6th Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ aims to scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to bring once more into debate the processes of identity making, identity building in both constructivist or de-constructivist dimensions. The conference will include a wide variety of contributions on identity making practices while fostering a critical assessment of intended or unintended consequences that lead to the politicization of identities. It is the aim of the Euroacademia conference to open the floor to dynamic multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary understandings of identities in their historic formation or in the way they shape the present and future of organizations or communities. The conference however seeks also to integrate and address the misunderstandings or misconceptions implicit to identity formation practices. A focal place will be given to methodological refinement and innovation in the research of identities in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
Euroacademia aims to bring together a wide network of academics, researchers, practitioners and activists that are willing to share and open to debate their research on identity related topics. Disciplinary, trans and inter-disciplinary approaches, methodological assessments and recommendations, single case studies or cross-sectional analyses, reflective essays, experience sharing or works addressing new puzzles are all welcomed.

Conference Panels

Theorizing Identity and the Self(Section One): Personhood, Recognition, Trust and Ambivalence
Narrative Identities: Intellectual History Readings of Discursive Identity Making Practices from Fiction to Personal Archives
(En)Gendering Identities: Gender Narratives and Identities as Social Constructs
Theorizing Identity and the Self (Section 2): Makings of the Self from Constitution, Structuring, Moral Evaluation and Affectivity to Collective Identitarian Claims
Art, History and Identity Making: Visual Narratives of Identity
Identity and the ‘Visual Turn’ in Social Representations: From Performing Arts and Visual Discourses to Urban Image Construction and Change
Identities as Endogenous Factors in Explaining Socio- Political Behaviors: Historical and Political Readings of Social Identitarian Claims


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