2012 Symposium Theme
Mapping Effaced Identities
We aim to examine various modes of expression that arise as identities are fragmented and negated through dialectics of power. From marginalization to dissociation, division by ethnicity, religion or social class, gender or sexual identity, how are identities effaced and excluded from mainstream cultures? Through music and poetry, visual arts and literature, what subversive identities show their faces in modern cultural production? How does cultural hegemony subsume these masked faces in a collective façade, and what alternative ‘mappings’ are possible?