The Belonging Project/The Belonging Issue
As an integral part of human experience, ‘belonging' is a ubiquitous
concept in many areas of the humanities and social sciences and beyond. This
is increasingly the case in the contemporary contexts of globalization,
trans-nationalism, and the emergence of the network society, which have
imbued issues of belonging with a renewed emphasis and increased urgency.
Yet, as important as the concept of belonging is to discourses on migration,
citizenship, community and wellbeing, among others, it is rarely defined or
interrogated at length. While such ambiguity and elasticity is no doubt part
of belonging's efficacy as a concept, it nonetheless veils the complexities
of processes and experiences of belonging/not belonging.
Following a successful interdisciplinary workshop and symposium on
belonging, the organizers of the Belonging Project, an initiative by
interdisciplinary researchers from Melbourne, are now calling for
submissions for a special issue of New Scholar. This special issue will
showcase innovative research across disciplines that critically engages with
the concept of belonging and the ways in which it is deployed and understood
in academic discourses, with a view to examining the challenges and
ambiguities embedded in the concept.
Submissions might address (but need not be limited to) the following themes:
Structures and processes of belonging
Moving past the belonging/not-belonging dichotomy
Belonging beyond identity
Technology, communication and belonging
Scales of belonging, e.g., local, national, transnational
Belonging and intersectionality
Memory and belonging
Place and belonging
Mobility and belonging
Agency and belonging
Migrancy, transnationalism, and belonging
Hybridity and belonging
Language, culture and belonging
Submissions should be uploaded to www.newscholar.org.au by August 14, 2012.
Please see the New Scholar website for updated guidelines for authors.
Please address all inquiries (but not submissions) to firstname.lastname@example.org