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Identity difference and special status: minorities, marginalisation and Indigeneity 
Samantha Balaton-Chrimes (Deakin University)
Fred Nasubo (British Institute in Eastern Africa)
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Politics and International Relations (x) Inequality (y)
Philosophikum, S55
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Rises in identity politics are accompanied by increasing formalisation of categories of identification, including 'minority', 'marginalised', and 'Indigenous'. This panel explores practices of naming and categorisation for 'special' status, including self-identification, and in law and bureaucracy.

Long Abstract:

Identity politics is on the rise around the world, including across Africa. One consequence of this is the increasing formalisation of categories of identification, categories such as 'minority', 'marginalised', 'Indigenous' and other terms designed to capture the special rights and/or status of particular groups. Outside of studies of Indigeneity and its shifting meanings and uses, little scholarship has emerged in the past fifteen or so years that interrogates the nature and implications of these practices. How has Indigenous identification changed over the past decade, and with what implications for Indigenous people and other kinds of ethnic minorities? How are terms 'minority' and 'marginalised' being used, why and with what effects? How is race featuring in contemporary practices of identification as a special group? What other changes are taking place in the meaning and function of these and other related terms, categories and practices? And what do these transformations tell us about the natures and futures of political communities, nations, states and societies?

This panel seeks papers that explore emerging and transforming practices of naming, labelling, categorisation and classification of identity groups in all forms. These might include, but are not limited to: self-naming and self-identification by communities; use of categories by social movements and in advocacy; legal categories (national, regional and international); and bureaucratic categories (e.g. on censuses or through civil or identity registration). We are broadly interested in all work that is thinking through the implications of 'special' forms of status for identity groups across the continent.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -