Call for Papers

With the rise of globalisation and mass migration, multiculturalism has become an important topic of debate. Researchers in various disciplines use a range of methods to study the interaction of cultural groups. While some approaches are more conceptual in nature (for example, in philosophy), others are often more empirically oriented (for example, in history, political science, sociology and psychology). Multiculturalism has also become a key theme for both artists and theorists of the arts (for example, researchers working in film studies, the history of art, and comparative literature). This conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue by bringing together people who approach (or represent) the phenomenon of multiculturalism using different methodological tools. We welcome comparative and multi/interdisciplinary perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as from practicing artists, writers, and filmmakers.

 

We invite proposals for papers on themes including, but not limited to, the following:
 

  • The philosophy of multiculturalism
  • Religious multiculturalism
  • Media representation
  • Political multiculturalism
  • The psychology of multiculturalism
  • Democratic identity
  • Multicultural pasts and historical approaches to multiculturalism
  • Minorities
  • Literary depictions of multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism in the visual arts
  • Migration and border studies
  • Memory politics and multiculturalism
  • Education and multiculturalism

 

The conference will be held at the University of Tartu and jointly hosted by the Departments of Philosophy and School of Theology and Religious Studies. The conference is being organised in conjunction with the Catherine Gibson’s project MOBJD517 ‘Seeing Through Numbers: Counting and Mapping Religious Communities in the Baltic Provinces, 1840-1914’ and James Pearson’s project MOBJD403 'Disagreement and the Bounds of Multiculturalism: A Critique of Political Exclusion', both funded by the Estonian Research Council and the programme Mobilitas Pluss.

 

We are optimistic that we will be able to hold this as an in-person event, but if travel restrictions are still in place we will organise hybrid panels enabling participants to present online.

 

We invite submissions for individual papers or panel proposals of 3 papers. The working language of the conference is English. Applicants should submit an abstract of max. 300 words and a CV. Presentations should be 20-25 mins in length and be accessible to a general interdisciplinary audience. We especially welcome submissions from PhD students and early career scholars.

 

The conference organisers will provide refreshments and a conference dinner for presenters. We hope to be able to offer a limited number of travel and accommodation subsidies for presenters based outside of Tartu. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a travel and accommodation subsidy in your application. We plan to invite selected papers from the conference for publication in a special issue of a high-ranking (1.1) peer-reviewed journal.

 

Proposals should be submitted via email to Catherine Gibson (catherine.helen.gibson@ut.ee) and James Pearson (james.pearson@ut.ee).

 

Deadline for abstracts: 20 Feb 2021

 

Notification of acceptance: early March 2021

 

This conference is being organised as part of the projects MOBJD517 ‘Seeing Through Numbers: Counting and Mapping Religious Communities in the Baltic Provinces, 1840-1914’ and MOBJD403 'Disagreement and the Bounds of Multiculturalism: A Critique of Political Exclusion', both funded by the Estonian Research Council and the programme Mobilitas Pluss.