Identity


click on author's name
to read their paper

Josefina Bueno Alonso
Silvia Caporale Bizzini
Dasa Duhaček
Luz Gómez-García
Melita Richter

indicative quotes


"...‘identity’ is the initial and main category that dominates the writing process, in the same way that writing acquires liberating and transgressive connotations (Cixous, 1986: 61). In the Maghrebian context, for example, it is interesting to note the ambiguity inherent in gendered discourse: we should not forget that although France represents a colonising power, it has also represented a liberation both in the literal and figurative sense. Moreover, this is a cultural context which is characterised by a strong patriarchal authority, supported in turn by religious discourse – that of the Muslim religion. Writing thus becomes the agent whereby on the one hand, the structures that function on a symbolic level are deconstructed (Bourdieu 2002), while on the other, it becomes the ideal space in which to reconstruct an identity marked by the person’s sex and by the desire for representativity with regard to the normalised ‘Other’." Josefina Bueno Alonso


"… as a number of thinkers have stressed (Bordieu, 1997; Bordo, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999; Debord: 1990; Jameson: 1998), we need to carry out our analysis in a cultural context that considers the use of textuality within a society that heavily relies on a globalised understanding of the cultural (visual) product while weakening the meaning of the historical process in the formation of identity." Silvia Caporale Bizzini


"They [students in Serbia] need to be exposed even more urgently to the world of differences which has been denied to them for such a long time. Of course this is a slight shift, from being overly concerned with identities to recognizing that perhaps their own painful issues may be eased by opening up to others and activating differences, a crucial task, a critical tool…" Dasa Duhaček


"...for the articulators of an Islamic feminist discourse, the study of an integral Islamic identity reveals how masculine hegemonies have turned women into invisible elements of Islamic history through patriarchal discursive practices (Arebi, 1994; Nashat, 1999)." Luz Gómez-García


“’[T]he dissolution of Yugoslavia and the formation of new nation-states lead to the constitution of new ‘ethnic fatherlands’ and lead to a process of reduction of plural identities. The time of war forced upon women a clear-cut choice between their identity as women and their national identity, between feminism and war.” Melita Richter