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Call for Papers:

Comparing e/migrations: Tradition – (Post)memory – Translingualism


Faculty of Languages

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (NCU)

Poland in cooperation with the Polish Comparative Literature Association

April 24-26, 2019, Toruń, Poland


The current migrant crisis has recently become one of the most significant topics of political and public debate not only in Europe but, in different forms and on a different scale, all over the world. Border barriers (fences and walls) and sinking asylum seekers’ boats, human trafficking and smuggling are among the most visible signs of contemporary violence. There is no doubt that the refugee crisis has reached global proportions and represents one of the most serious challenges of late modernity. However, widely understood migration – its different forms and practices, causes and objectives – is as old as humankind.

The main topic of our interest at this conference is e/migrations as an object of comparative studies within different traditions, schools, and approaches, as well as migrations as a comparative and comparatists’ experience. We seek the answer to the following questions: What is the relevance of earlier theoretical concepts and approaches, such as postcolonialism and decoloniality, roots and routes, diasporic, cosmopolitan and transnational identities in the 21st century? How does migration change our thinking about home, belonging, language and self in an age of globalization but also defensive fundamentalism and conservative backlash? What is the effect of analyzing migratory itineraries in a comparative framework? How do migrations reconfigure our understanding of the legacies of violence?

We hope that the conference will open up a discussion on new forms and new understandings of e/migrations and migrant experience; it will also enable us to face emerging questions about the place of migrants, immigrants, emigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons in the contemporary world and beyond. We are interested in all topics and problems related to e/migration in the context of cultural production: literature, film, music, and all other forms of artistic production. We encourage you to consider both linear narratives of migration and more experimental ways of representing migration traumas and crises.

We would like to invite scholars form different fields of the humanities and social sciences who will share their ideas on the following topics:

The conference will be held in Toruń, Poland, on April 24-26 2019, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Languages at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. The conference is organized jointly with the Polish Comparative Literature Association.

Confirmed keynotes and invited speakers:

We encourage you to submit:

The conference language will be English.

Conference fee
Conference fee for affiliated academics is 500 PLN or 125 Euros and for PhD and MA students 350 PLN or 80 Euros. It covers the costs of conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches and opening banquet. It does not cover accommodation and travel expenses. Account number for bank transfer will be provided upon the acceptance of proposal. Further details will be provided in the second circular.

Deadline for the submission of proposals (300 words) and a short CV (150 words): 15 December 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the mid of January 2019. All correspondence, including the submission of proposals and a short CV, should be addressed to: comparingemigrations@umk.pl

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