The Power of Heritage:Encountering Differences and Marking Identities

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC54 The Body in the Social Sciences (host committee)
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture

Language: English

Aware of the  increasing interest in the movement of policies between places, sites and settings, this JS aims to show how people learn to live with “difference”,  one of the most challenging  issues of the contemporary society. How people of different heritages being in a common space (coexistence due to migration, refugee problem and globalization) could   forge some kind of shared sensibility? How could it be possible to realize some kind of common life together, without retreating into “war tribes” one against the other, but being able to understand and live together (peacefully).

 We suggest to focus on contemporary cities, the contact zones of globalizing, urbanizing, super diverse world. One good example could be some field research on the “border zones” of Europe (Spain, Italy and Greece) where the refugee problem reveals some of the most urgent problems nowadays: who is the emblematic “other” for the contemporary (Western?) culture?  Because the “identity” problem is central for communication and characterizes the communicational system of a society, these issues become central for the analysis of communication, knowledge and culture. In these zones is “played” the game between identities (describing “otherness” and the ways to deal with it):  expressing merged identities is a capital problem apparently in these zones (unfortunately creating social violence and conflict) but we argue that it is an ideal topic to investigate the contemporary postmodern culture: we invite papers on analyses of facts and or propositions on eventually constructing new social Heritages (and Identities).

Session Organizer:
Oksana LYCHKOVSKA, Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University, Ukraine
Bianca Maria PIRANI, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Oral Presentations
On Constructing the Self and the Other in Imitation Game Experiments: The Role of Interactional Expertise in Multicultural Societies
Daria BAHTINA, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research on Intersubjectivity in Interaction, Finland
The Cultural Politics of Port Cities: Insights from Bristol and Rotterdam
Jo HAYNES, University of Bristol, United Kingdom; Pauwke BERKERS, Erasmus University, Netherlands
Bodies of Immigrants – Migrants Bodies
Marcelo ENNES, Sergipe Federal University, Brazil; Natalia RAMOS, Open University / Center for Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations., Portugal
Using Culture and Heritage to Heal Ruptured Place Identities in South Wales, UK
Ellie BYRNE, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; Eva ELLIOTT, Cardiff University, United Kingdom