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The Dynamics of Identity Production
I Structures and concepts of discourses
II Traditions and conceptualizations
III The dynamics of identity production
· How do epistemological and ontological frameworks and paradigms travel across cultures (and different semiological systems)?
· What happens to these when they travel, move, come to reside, perhaps even settle in a new culture? Do they retain their original shape, and politics? Do they become ‘mythologized’, emptied of their historical context? If they do, how do the ‘local’ cultures ‘flesh out’ the ‘myths’, inhabit them, and mobilize them for ‘local’ production of individual or group identity?
· Is identity production in the ‘East’ necessarily a ‘translation’ of ‘Western’ epistemological/ontological frameworks and paradigms? What happens during ‘translation’? What is lost and what is gained? Is translation equivalence or negotiation and transaction?
· What are the intersections between ‘imported’ and ‘indigenous’ or ‘local’ epistemes? In what ways do ‘local’ epistemes tinker with the ‘imported’ ones?
· How do we know the ‘local’ epistemes? Is it enough to study them in a class? Check a dictionary? Are people who live with them aware of them? Do they necessarily exist? Is it possible that the terms for identity are superfluous and unnecessary, whether in the ‘West’ or ‘East’?
· Are ‘translations’ of ‘Western’ terms rhetorical? Are their ‘purely’ local epistemes operative in identity formation, politics and discourses?
· Is identity production necessarily dynamic locatable at an intercultural site? Even if it is, does identity production detectable in Middle Eastern literatures follow one and the same trajectory? Or are there various patterns of identity production? What are they? Is it possible to identify, categorize and theorize them?
· In what ways can ‘gender’ problematize these epistemes?
· Is ‘identity’ coterminous with ‘subject’ or ‘subjectivity’?