We are delighted to have so many amazing presentations from speakers around the world. Here you can find the complete PDF programme.

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:45 Panel A: The Making and Unmaking of Queer Identities I
Panel B: Diasporic Identity Assertions
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break                                                                           
11:00 – 12:15 Panel C: The Making and Unmaking of Queer Identities II
Panel D: Grassroots Mobilization and Popular Identities
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch                                                                                     
13:15 – 14:15 Keynote – Beyond Religion and Revolution: Relationality, Identity and
The Curious Case of Tunisia’s Revolutionary Imams (Dr Teije Hidde Donker,
University of Cambridge)
14:15 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:45 Panel E: At the Intersection of Identity and Digital Media
Panel F: Students and Emerging Identities Amid Changes
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:15 Panel G: Visualising identities
Panel H: Political Identities  
17:15 – 18:00 Wine Reception                                                                   

Key Note: Beyond Religion and Revolution: Relationality, Identity and The Curious Case of Tunisia’s Revolutionary Imams (Dr. Teije Hidde Donker, University of Cambridge)

Chair: Tiba Bonyad, University of Manchester

How to study identity in times of change? In this talk I argue that religion as object of study can serve as a window into processes of social categorization, knowledge production and construction of the self – and can highlight how these are embedded in changing structures of inequality. Drawing on Tunisian interlocutors’ narratives about a contentious debate surrounding state control over ‘revolutionary’ imams in the period between 2013 – 2015,  I show how discussions around ‘Islam’ in Tunisian society reflected various ways in which they constructed notions of the state, nation, the political, social, public, private – and how they positioned themselves among these various social categories. They did so continuously – either explicitly or implicitly – to position themselves in relation to others active around the same contentious topic. Through a brief reflection of Foucauldian and Bourdieusian approaches to religion, I conclude that religion provides an empirical object through which we can study how individual identity and social structure combine to shape moments of rapid change.   

Panel A: The Making and Unmaking of Queer Identities I

Chair: Rachel Katz, University of Manchester.

  • Ellen Reid (University of Limerick) “Truly a nation of equals?: Trans exclusion in Irish LGBT+ social movements from 1983 to 2015”
  • Marta Fanasca (University of Manchester) “Identity on the verge: performance of masculinity by FtM crossdressers in contemporary Japan”
  • Jake Mahr (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) “Media Third Spaces: Zines and Textual Representations of Non-Binary Identities”

Panel B: Diasporic Identity Assertions 

Chair: Dr. Meghan Tinsley, University of Manchester.

  • Alev Aslan (İstanbul University) and M. Burak Özdemir (Ankara University) “Diaspora and Cultural Identity in the Digital Age: Circassian Youths in Turkey”
  • Ghalia Sarmani (Istambul University) “Religious Institutions and Minorities’ Identity: Muslims’ case”
  • Noreen Mirza (Universiry of Manchester) “Belonging through assertion and pride”

Panel C: The Mmaking and Unmaking of Queer Identities II  

Chair: Jessica Mancuso, University of Manchester.

  • Daria Dergacheva (Autonomous University of Barcelona) “Sexual conservatism as a shared value:  agenda-setting on LGBTQ persons in the social networks of Russian competitive authoritarianism” 
  • An Huy Tran (University of Duisburg-Essen) “Negotiating Sexualities and Gender Identities at Home: The Cases of Return Vietnamese Queer Migrants” 
  • Ali Yıldırım (Istanbul Bilgi University) “Reconsidering the Negotiation among Marginalized Identities at the Intersection of Sexual Diversity and Faith: LGBT+ Alevis in Istanbul”

Panel D: Grassroots Mobilization and Popular Identities

Chair: Alexandrina Vanke, University of Manchester.

  • Danny Zschomler (University of London) “Resistance from the margins: positioning, re-positioning and re-imagining diasporic neo-Pentecostal personhood in contemporary London”
  • Práxedes Muñoz (Universidad Católica de Murcia) “The identity of the indigenous people in migratory processes, their decolonial wills and transnational social demands as identities of resistance”
  • Susanne Martike (University of Manchester) “Use it or Lose it: Citizenship Identities in the Big Society”

Panel E: At the intersection of Identity and Digital Media   

Chair: Jaime García-Iglesias, University of Manchester.

  • Rachel Katz (University of Manchester) “Tourist-Local Identities in times of technological change: The case of Grindr Tourism in Tel Aviv”
  • Sindhu Eradi (MICA) “Transgender Identity And Technology: Negotiations of Self”
  • Alexandra Nakelski (University of Amsterdam) “Changing Your Name in Digital Domain: How Constructed Identities on You Tube Challenge Social Norms”

Panel F: Students and Emerging Identities amid changes

Chair: Dr. Nadim Mirshak, University of Manchester.

  • Panagiota Nakou (City University of London) “European identity after Brexit: British and Greek students’ social construction of identity”
  • Fabrice Lyczba (Université Dauphine Paris) “’Sorry, I’m French’ National identity negotiations and the construction of belonging of French students in London”
  • Lina Fadel (Heriot-Watt University), Katerina Strani (Heriot-Watt University) and Cristina Clopot (University of Hull) “Liminality revisited: Changing Diasporic Identities of Highly-Skilled Syrians in the UK”

Panel G: Visualising identities  

Chair: Pete Jones, University of Manchester.

  • Nadira Khatun (Xavier University, Bhubneswar) “Nationalism and Patriotism in Hindi Cinema at the Age of Right-Wing Politics”
  • Laura Clancy (Lancaster University) “‘Queen of Scots’: The Monarch’s Body and National Identities in Representations of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum”
  • Inés Paris Arranz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) “The impossibilities of the activists’ identities and their contradictions in the contemporary world. Mr. Robot.” 
  • Dimitra Laurence Larochelle (New Sorbonne University (Paris III)) “Economic Crisis, Turkish soap-operas and National Identity in Greece”

Panel H: Political Identities 

 Chair: Alexandrina Vanke, University of Manchester.

  • Jessica Yarin Robinson (University of Oslo) “When the vote goes global: Expressions of political identity across borders in election discourses” 
  • James Leigh (University of Groningen) “Re/placing Kosovo: Narratives of identification and the nation-building process in the post-conflict context”
  • Judith Jansma (University of Groningen) ““Our culture is the best culture!” Towards a typology of populism and culture”

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