The panel invites contributions in regard to the diverse manifestations of identity in relation to space and mobility, focusing on these from various angles, both theoretical and methodological.
This panel explores how identity has many faces in the mobile world of today. In recent theoretical discussion of globalisation mobility has been one of the central concepts. Anthropologists and other social scientists are increasingly focusing their research around the mobility of people, things and ideas across time and space. In modern research identities are thus no longer merely explained through localities and places but increasingly in relation to more diverse physical and non-physical spaces. Questions have been raised about what kind of social spaces are created in motion, and how diverse notions about space are created in different contexts. Hybrid identities based on nationality, gender, sexual preference and local ties are common themes in current research and theorising. The growing discussion of connections with other factors such as health problems, medicalisation and mobilities of ideas through information and communication technologies is placed in the foreground in this panel. Participants are invited to discuss the diverse manifestations of identity with relation to space and mobility from many angles, to present their studies or to discuss the theoretical concerns and/or methodological questions that these issues raise in anthropology (and about anthropology). We would like to involve anthropologists who have considered global encounters in relation to issues such as identity, power, questions of citizenship, nationalism, bodies, property rights and entitlement, connecting these with mobility and space. We particularly welcome contributions that stress gendered dimensions of such encounters. By discussing hybrid identities with such diverse focus and within different settings we hope to create a new multifaceted discourse of the manifestations of the topic.