Bonds and Borders: Identity, Imagination, Transformation. 8th Annual Conference of the GSAH University of Glasgow

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University of Glasgow, Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities

Call for Papers:

'Bonds and Borders: Identity, Imagination, Transformation': 8th Annual Conference of the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities of the University of Glasgow, 4th June 2010

"It is extremely dangerous to talk about limits or borders. It is vital, instead, that we remain completely open, that we are always involved, and that we aim to contribute personally in social events."
Dario Fo

'Bonds and Borders' is a one-day international postgraduate symposium aiming to explore the challenges and opportunities created by migration and mobility across national, cultural and geographical boundaries. More specifically, we hope to consider some of the following questions: do geographical borders protect, or do they become prison walls? How do these borders include, how do they separate? How does migration affect the individual? Are regional or transnational identities binding or liberating? Have new art forms or historical/critical methodologies emerged from 21st-century mobility? How is the individual defined by bonds and borders? How do concepts of security and global crisis affect freedom of expression at the personal and collective level?

We welcome short papers from any discipline that contribute to the dialogue about geographical, cultural and ideological 'Bonds and Borders.' Presentations may be based on an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, literary or visual representations, political or historical interpretation, or any other relevant approaches. We also invite creative contributions such as from the visual arts or creative writing. We intend to publish papers from this conference.

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

- Cultural identities/Self and Other
- The stranger/immigrant/refugee in literature, art and
the media
- Citizenship/Migration
- Equality/Diversity
- Interfaith Dialogue
- Construction of 'West'/'East' dualities
- Nationhood/Nationalism/Patriotism
- Globalization/Regionalization
- Shadow societies
- Language barriers
- Translation

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Abstracts should be up to 250 words in length and include three to five keywords indicating what the subject is. Submissions should be sent to by 15th March 2010 .

Your abstract details should include:
• Your name, email address, contact telephone number,
institutional affiliation and year of study
• Title of research project
• Note of any technical requirements for presentation