Call for Papers: 4th Intercultural Interdisciplinary Colloquium: “On Historicity of Cultural Identity/es”

Tübingen, Germany

10th – 11th Jan 2014

Deadline: 15th Dec 2013

Organised by polylog in cooperation with the Forum Scientiarum at the University of Tübingen and the Society of Intercultural Philosophy.

A culture neither is a homogenous entity nor does she seal herself and block influences from other cultures. On the contrary, cultural reality ever since has been coined by the exchange between different social groups and their respective cultural life forms. This holds true for intra- just as for intercultural dimensions. Therefore, cultures must not be differentiated by any kind of essential character. However, the notion of culture does not become meaningless either. Cultures do not dissolve and merge into a transcultural society in which all different cultural life forms would mix at will.

One important reason for the consistency of cultures despite their heterogeneity and their continuous alteration may be found in their historicity. Alteration due to intra-cultural changes or intercultural exchange does not contradict historical continuity but, on the contrary, is part of the history of any culture. Any life form of any social group is influenced by its own history at least to some extend; the historical dimension, therefore, cannot easily be ignored. Traditions may be critically reflected or even defied, but by doing so cultural history still is perpetuated. Also, while life forms from different cultures often can easily be adopted, their particular history usually cannot. It may be described or even explained but it does not become one’s own history thereby.

It is the historicity of cultural life forms which resists adoption and the dissolution of cultural differences in a global society. Coming from these considerations papers are invited on the following topics:

  • Concepts of identity
  • The notion of culture
  • The notion of history
  • Historicity of identities
  • Historicity of cultures
  • Intercultural concepts
  • Transcultural concepts
  • Breaks of identity
  • Postcolonial identities
  • Identity and otherness


Submission of contributions:

Potential contributors from philosophy and any related science are invited to submit a proposal. Please send your abstract (up to 3.000 characters) together with a short biographical note by 15th December 2013 to:



English and German (there will be no translations)



30 minutes (plus 30 minutes each for discussion)



Participation is free; the number of talks will be however restricted to ensure that there is sufficient time for fruitful and focused discussions.



Forum Scientiarum, University of Tübingen



15 December 2013: Deadline for abstract submissions
20 December 2013: Notification of acceptance
10–11 January 2014: Colloquium in Tübingen



Participants can book accommodation in the Tübingen Youth Hostel (10 minute walk from Forum Scientiarum; approx. 28 EUR per person per night). Unfortunately no travel funding is possible.



Niels Weidtmann (Tübingen) and Bertold Bernreuter (Mexico City)



Dr. Niels Weidtmann
Forum Scientiarum
University of Tübingen
Doblerstr. 33
D-72074 Tübingen
Tel.: +49 (0)7071 40716-0
Fax: +49 (0)7071 40716-20





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