Writing Refugees

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Brighton

This year Brighton’s Big Read welcomes author Moshin Hamid to read from his Booker shortlisted novel Exit West (2017)To coincide with this event Brighton’s C21 Research invites papers on representations of refugees in contemporary writing. Focusing on work that is written by and about refugees we seek papers that examine the varied ways that refugeeness is represented in the contemporary moment. We encourage contributors to consider what is at stake in these representations. What are the relations between textual representation and real-world refugees? How does the act of writing enact or trouble the conditions of hospitality, exclusion and/or risk that shape the refugee experience? What are the relations between different kinds of writing as they attempt to represent refugees for different audiences or for different purposes?


Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • refugees and the contemporary
  • life-writing
  • testimony
  • activist writing
  • gender and asylum
  • sexuality 
  • securitization and refugees
  • refugee writing and theory
  • the document
  • violence
  • space
  • (un)belonging


We are seeking 20-minute paper contributions and we would welcome papers on writing of all kinds, including visual texts. Please email proposals of c300 words to C21Writings@brighton.ac.uk by 3rd September 2018.