International Conference

“Power and Identity”

A Cross-Disciplinary Conference

The Graduate Program on Global Society (GSP), the University of Tokyo 

Monday 9 January, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016

   Abstract Submission:

The Graduate Program on Global Society (GSP), the University of Tokyo, hosts an international conference to explore various issues of power and identity from interdisciplinary perspectives. In today’s globalized world, it is increasingly urgent to examine the way in which power and identity are interrelated with each other, not only politically and economically, but also culturally and ideologically. Both personal and national identities have become more and more unsettled, inscrutable, and even questionable. And yet certain power continues to operate in various dimensions of our life, shaping, disturbing, and refashioning our identities. In the field of international politics, in our mundane social life, and on the discursive level, even in the realm of fiction, the interaction between power and identity continuously serves as a crucial determinant of boundaries, alliances, communication manners, and styles of discourse. 

How can individuals approach issues of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, language, religion and fashion in terms of social and political norms? What are the ways in which regional and global matters, such as security and threat, peace and war, sovereignty or memory, contribute to or are affected by power and identity? Can commerce and media provide us with any solution to these issues? How does literature address the issues of power and identity? 

The GSP conference “Power and Identity” calls for papers, which investigate into and elucidate any aspect of the complicated interrelation between power and identity. Possible themes are listed below, but papers are not limited to them:


Possible Themes:

Globalization and Identity

Cultural Interactions and Power

Identity and Power in International Relations

Peace and Identity

Security and Power

State, Power, and National Identity

Memory and Identity

Immigration, Identity, and State Control

Religion, State, and Power

Religion, Identity, and Conflicts

Gender, Identity, and State Power

Women, Identity, and Literature

Rhetoric and Power

Language, Identity, and Power

Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality

Fashion and Identity

Media and Power

Power and City in Literature

Memory, Identity, and Power in Literature

Power and Identity in Postcolonial Literature

Contemporary Society, Power Relations, and Literature


Plenary Lectures

Professor Daisaku HIGASHI, Sophia University, Japan 

Professor Crispin BATES, Edinburgh University, Scotland 

Proposals not exceeding 350 words should be sent to the following e-mail address in PDF or Word format, along with a Curriculum Vitae or basic information regarding position and research interests:

The submission deadline is on the 30th of September, 2016

The International Conference “Power and Identity” is hosted by

The Graduate Program on Global Society, the University of Tokyo