Globalising processes have led, in recent decades, to critical re-evaluations of the ways in which ‘culture’ has traditionally been understood. Global capitalism, worldwide diffusion and popularisation of communication technologies, as well as increased mobility of people, information, and consumer goods, are some of the forces that account for a widespread intensification of cultural exchanges within and beyond the borders of the nation-state. In this context, past definitions of collective and individual identities as essentially monocultural are increasingly viewed as inadequate to describe the way people perceive themselves and the world they live in. Instead, the concept of transculturality has often been adopted to describe the diverse and productive reality of identity-formation processes which take place at cultural cross-sections.
Over the last few years, the analysis of transculturality, understood as the formation of multifaceted, fluid identities resulting from diverse cultural encounters, has been central to various fields of knowledge, where traditional analytical categories, such as migration, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, and postcolonialism, have been re-examined. The aim of this multidisciplinary conference, organised by the Transcultural Identities research group, is to analyse how individual and collective identities in various geographical areas around the world are redefined from a transcultural perspective. Paper proposals from disciplines such as literary studies, anthropology, sociology, and political science are welcome.
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