UPDATE: [20th] ACLA 2008, From Emigrant to Immigrant Cultures: New Migrations in Southern Europe and the Balkans

full name / name of organization: 
Tatjana Aleksic
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Please submit your paper proposals through the ACLA conference portal:
http://www.acla.org/submit/ and choose panel title.

The paper proposals should be submitted by Nov. 15 2007, rather than the
original date stated in our first posting.

The countries of Southern Europe and the Balkans have historically
contributed large immigrant populations to industrialized nations. However,
with the fall of Communism and abolition of internal EU borders many of
these nations find themselves at the receiving end of global migrations.
Italy and Greece, for example, first faced the bursting of the barriers of
the Albanian Communist isolation and have since become preferred
destinations of global migrations. In the Balkans most nations find
themselves in the paradoxical situation â€" while the domestic population is
still leaving their fragile economies, due to their affiliations with the
EU they attract considerable immigrant populations. Such migratory
exchanges create a climate relatively new to these cultures that used to
define themselves in terms of homogeneity and exclusivity.

While it may be too early to discuss established migrant or hybrid cultures
in these nations, we are interested in exploring the emerging awareness and
recognition of the newly created cultural situation. How does the host
culture respond to the presence of the immigrant, or is their presence
ignored and why? How visible are migrant authors on the cultural scene of
their chosen cultures? Who are their audiences? How do they overcome the
language barrier? We invite papers that present the ways in which the
cultural production in the region articulates exile, immigrant and
post-immigrant identities, negotiates racism and prejudice, responds to
ethnocentric homogeneity of host cultures, overcomes linguistic barriers
and reaches broader audiences (or not).

Tatjana Aleksic, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, atatjana_at_umich.edu;
Caterina Romeo, University of Rome, 'La Sapienza', romeo.caterina_at_gmail.com

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