We’re excited to announce the Call for Papers for our forthcoming interdisciplinary conference with CIDRN, to be held in Melbourne in Feb 2017. Please spread the word!


To be held: Thursday 16-Friday 17 February 2017. Melbourne Australia
Flinders St Melbourne City Centre Campus, Victoria University

Place Politics Privilidge Conf 2017_WIP07 RGB

Download the Conference Flyer pdf here: Flyer%2029%20July

A research conference sponsored jointly by:

Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network, Victoria University, Australia 

Identity Research Network, Swinburne University


Displacement, rupture and transformation increasingly characterise the nature of 21st century belonging and space, with important implications for identities, change and resistance. Despite the ‘liquid’ nature and fluidity of such movement, we are also witnessing struggles to reinscribe prevailing privilege and power relations. As nations and communities deal with mass migration, economic displacement and environmental impact, a variety of responses to crisis and resistance are emerging. Political communities and identities, which are organised non-hierarchically and defy territory, making use of virtual spaces, offer new ways of thinking about change, community and belonging. At the same time, we are also witnessing the revival of borders and the use of physical and virtual space to control and contain such impulses. From new cartographies and geographies, to different flows of life and modalities of organisation, space and place are constantly being revised and reinvented.

In this symposium, we analyse the problems and possibilities that emerge from these configurations in order to consider resistance and modes of identity and belonging.

We invite papers that address following themes from an interdisciplinary perspective:

  • The politics of privilege, displacement and boundary-making: this can include urban design and built environment, architecture, political economy, security, and other fields
  • Space, borders and belonging at the local, national or global scales, including the digital and non-material, as well as radical geographies which respond to mass migration, urban diversity and the reconfiguration of political space
  • New meanings of community: this can include new strategies of cultural identity and resistance, new solidarities, and possibilities for belonging.

Abstracts to be sent to by 31 August 2016.

Abstract length 250, MS word format as email attachment with subject line PPPconference.abstract. Include your contact details in the abstract.

The conference will be followed by a refereed publication and all proposed contributions to this volume need to reach organisers by Friday 31 March 2017.

Further information from:

Christine Agius:


[Posted 18 November]

Programme for the IRN Research Workshop, 3rd December Available

We are excited to make available the preliminary program for the Research Workshop. Please find more details and a pdf for download here. We hope to see you there!



[Posted: 22 October]

Identity Research Network:  Research Lab 2014

Call for Abstracts: The IRN Research Lab. Exploratory Workshop

When: 3/4 December 2014

Where: Penang Room, Swinburne University

The IRN was established in April 2014 and brings together over 80 researchers and postgraduate students working on themes of identity across a variety of disciplines. We hold has an informal monthly seminar series on a range of themes related to identity (using identity in our research; theoretical perspectives; empirical case studies; practice-led work and identifying new avenues of research collaboration).

It is broadly organised across our three nodes: Space, Place and Temporality; Self, Culture and Subjectivity; and Media, Art and Technology

We are now issuing a call for abstracts for our first informal workshop broadly organised around the three nodes. This exploratory workshop aims to continue this work by bringing together a diverse range of research interests within an informal setting.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for members to introduce or test drive research in their particular field/node for the purpose of  further developing research material for possible future publication, which may include a special issue of a journal or an edited book with Palgrave’s Pivot series, depending on contributions.

Submission requirements:

  • Abstracts should be between 200-300 words.
  • Please identify your preferred node and three keywords.
  • Deadline for abstracts: November 10, 2014.
  • Abstracts should be emailed to:
  • We would also like to see your preferred date – we have the room booked over two days so preferences could help us with planning and organisation, particularly if you cannot make one of those days.

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