Lang06
Border crossings and identity

Convenors:
Victoria Osei-Bonsu (University of Ghana)
Kwame Osei-Poku (University of Ghana)
Stream:
Language and Literature
Location:
David Hume, Lecture Theatre A
Sessions:
Thursday 13 June, 16:15-17:45, 17:55-19:25

Short abstract:

"Border" is defined here loosely as the barrier between two transitional positions. This panel employs this definition to examine the implications of various spatial displacements on identity. Papers will approach this topic by considering identity formations that result from border crossings.

Long abstract:

"Border" is defined here loosely as the barrier between two transitional positions. This definition is employed to examine the implications of various spatial displacements along cultural, gendered, political, religious, and/or economic lines. While such spatial displacements may occur on different scales within, across or beyond Africa, at each level, they may re-produce open processes of 'becoming' through the construction and negotiation of identities impacted by whatever power relations may be at play. This panel invites papers that will approach this topic by examining, inter alia, the different (asserted, contested, and/or re-shaped) identity formations that result from movement from one undefined or defined territory to the other (conceptually or physically). The panel "Border crossings and Identity" also seeks papers that challenge the strict limitation of ideas and encourages the cross-hatching of diverse disciplinary fields which hinge on the literary culture in interrogating issues of border crossings and identity.