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CALL FOR PAPERS POLITICA.EU 2020 - Creedal Identity: an unfathomable question, or an answer? (deadline December 31, 2019)

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CALL FOR PAPERS POLITICA.EU 2020 Creedal Identity: an unfathomable question, or an answer?
The complexity in wideness and depth of the theme around and about identity has provided ample opportunities and occasions to compare and register different points of view and methods of dissertation upon it. In particular, the renewed interest in identifying the origins of identity, its motives, its historical reconstruction, the process of its spread and metamorphosis over time have offered huge perspectives on its interpretation by focusing on the intensive cultural changes and exchanges in the ultimate attempt of redefining “the Human”. By reading and analysing the work Identity by Francis Fukuyama (New York 2018), a particular and peculiar use of the adjective creedal with its ensuing many-sided implications has seemed to emerge from different passages to define various terms associated with it. It is worth noting the cases in which the adjective specifically refers to “understanding” (p. 158), to “nation” (p. 161), to “national identity” (p. 170) and to “identity” (p. 171). The Italian translation for “creedal”, according to Bruno Amato (Identità, Utet, Torino 2019), is always rendered with the Italian term “dottrinale”, though contexts and words which it is combined with are really heterogeneous and selective as far as the theme is concerned. Yet, such a translation does not appear to be always appropriate to the themes most currently dealt with. The difficulty laying in the rendering the American adjective stands out for its ambiguity and justifies the reason why one wonders whether Fukuyama has used the same word for ideological purposes, which endorse views focused on the uniformity of cultural identities, rather than comparison and exchange, or just for lack of any other specific term. In any case, the reader is constantly provoked to pay a good deal of attention to what the author really wants to mean and point out, without finding a plausible explanation. Furthermore, as the adjective suggests, there should be implied “a creed”, though never mentioned, which the term refers to. But, what kind of “creed” is Fukuyama concerned with? Is this “creed”, perhaps, unfathomable? All that one can say is that the author seems to have guessed a historical or social or even philosophical phenomenon, he is able to analyse it, but he appears unwilling to designate it. What is really happening behind the interconnected phenomena of migration, populism, sovereign neo-nationalism? What “creed” is impregnated with the horizon of identity they evoke? The final draft should be submitted to redazione.rivistapolitica@gmail.com by December 31, 2019. NB: attached form.

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