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[Commlist] CFP Horizons of Diversity International Conference

Mon Jun 17 10:42:02 GMT 2019




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The conference proposes to address questions about diversity and any of its forms of representation, thus establishing a dialogue which will constitute the central theme of the International Interdisciplinary Conference of the Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Documentation of the University Carlos III of Madrid, which will take place between March 31 and April 3, 2020 at the Getafe campus (Madrid).

Diversity itself is a varied and plural object of study, which can be approached from multiple perspectives: gender studies; cultural studies; postcolonial studies; studies related to disability, age, transnational issues, ethnicity, and migratory movements, among others. It is a subject that raises infinite questions:  what are the meeting spaces between social, political and cultural practices linked to diversity? How is diversity represented in different artistic disciplines? How do strategies of self-representation or representation of identity of others work? What solutions arise from the experience of the present to face future challenges related to diversity?

This Conference proposes to reflect upon diversity along the following axes:


This block invites proposals that develop ideas related to the prospective dimension of diversity. When we speak of the prospective, we refer to a time that is not necessarily linked only to the future, but can also be rooted in the utopias of the present. The horizon of change is redrawn in the interstices of the real that anticipate or imagine it. In a way, any practice or representation of diversity opens up a range of possibilities that project new ways of conceiving it, of solving or managing the tensions that the plurality and difference open up in the more or less stagnant and homogeneous policies and classifications with which we usually apprehend identity constructions.


Any reading focused on space necessarily refers to diversity and the diverse. Paying attention to the codes that partake in the composition of spaces, we propose to contemplate the factors and the realities that contribute to the integration and to the visibility of certain types of diversity and, simultaneously, to the deferral and the concealment of others. The importance of diversity validates an investigation of the power structures and a questioning of the responsibilities that guidelines and practices may have in the hierarchy of diversities (mainly functional, cultural, biological or sexual) and their spatial manifestation, as well as the repercussions and consequences that derive from it, both from a physical and a perceptual point of view.


This block welcomes research results that address representative practices of diversity found in literature, architecture and art, film, television, the press, digital media, social networks, etc. If identity is created through representation, what are the strategies with which our identities appear as diverse? One can even take a step back to ask whether diversity, as a multiple and hybrid phenomenon, is in itself representable. Today, more than ever, it is crucial to carry out and study rhizomatic and decentered practices that bestow voice and look upon those misrepresented by History. This difficult task requires strategies: how do the politics of representation operate? What are the social practices that might shed light on specific aspects of this sophisticated puzzle of our contemporary identity?

Proposal submissions

This conference welcomes scholarly presentations of individual or collective character (panels of four papers) both in Spanish or English. The submission of proposals to the Organizing Committee of the Conference for consideration and potential acceptance will be made through the platform on the page

Authors are requested to submit their proposals of a maximum length of 400 words and a brief academic profile of up to 150 words. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 2, 2019. The papers may be presented in Spanish or English.

The conference fee will be 75 euros for professors and researchers and 30 euros for students (postgraduate and graduate). The payment can be made once the acceptance of the proposal has been confirmed, until the opening of the conference, through the registration platform that will be available, after the evaluation of abstracts, in January of 2020.

Proceedings of the conference will be published in digital format with ISBN number, after additional selection made by a committee of evaluators.

If you have any questions, you can send an email to (congresodiversidad /at/ <mailto:(congresodiversidad /at/>

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