Migrating Concepts: Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Conviviality across the Asia Pacific Journal of Intercultural Studies

Journal of Intercultural Studies

Journal of Intercultural Studies Biannual Conference

Migrating Concepts: Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Conviviality across the Asia Pacific 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 23–25 February 2018

Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Conviviality have become key conceptual frames that many of us reach for when researching experiences of migration and diversity. What are some of the contextual and temporal conditions that have led to the emergence of these concepts in particular places, and that compel us to turn to one or another at certain moments? In particular, what happens to these (and comparable) frames when they dislodge from their particularities and migrate across the Asia Pacific region, becoming attached to different histories, experiences and intellectual traditions? How do they translate, morph and take on new meanings or facets? What, in essence, constitutes the character of their multi-sited-ness? Do they amount to a unified or disparate discourse of inquiry? We are interested in the theoretical and empirical applications of these migrating concepts.

Guiding questions:

  • How do these concepts (as well as others such as superdiversity, transnationalism, racism and xenophobia) create affinities or homogenise across spatio-temporal contexts?
  • In the use of such frames, are hegemonic cultural ontologies reified and/or transgressed?
  • How do shared conceptual frameworks problematise the boundedness of nation-state, territory and culture?
  • How do institutions and regimes of governmentality alter conceptual frameworks?

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof Sneja Gunew University of British Columbia
  • Prof Chen Kuan Hsing National Chiao Tung University

Over two and a half days, the conference brings together scholars and practitioners working in race and ethnicity studies, migration studies, postcolonialism, literature, historical studies, urban studies, geography and the visual arts to reflect on these questions, and engage in comparative intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue; relating insights that bring to light new critical understandings into the experiences that are the focus of our works, along with the intellectual toolkits that enable it.

The first two days will begin with a keynote presentation followed by parallel sessions, and end with a plenary event with discussants. A collection of invited art works on the theme will open the event and be available throughout.

On the third day, a special half-day roundtable, ‘Migrating Ideas’: Localised Responses to Global Policy Initiatives, will enable practitioners, researchers and representatives of international organisations take up the theme from a policy and applied research perspective, attuned specifically to the local dimensions of mobility and migration, and the responses that these have provoked.

The JICS Editorial Team is accepting Abstracts until the 26 July 2017, with draft papers due on the 6 December 2017. Please send abstracts, including a brief biographical note and complete contact details, to JICS Associate Editor Paula Muraca (paula.muraca@deakin.edu.au).