CFP: Uprootings / Regroundings: Migrations in Canadian Literature (Spain) (5/15/06; 11/17/06-11/18/06)

full name / name of organization: 
cristina-isabel.sanchez_at_dfm.unirioja.es
contact email: 
cristina-isabel.sanchez@dfm.unirioja.es

IDENTITIES IN THE MAKE: MIGRATION AND CULTURAL CHANGE IN THE
 TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (15 May 2006; 17-18 November 2006; Madrid, Spain)

*11th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CANADIAN STUDIES, SPANISH ASSOCIATION
FOR CANADIAN STUDIES. MADRID, 17-18 NOVEMBER 2006. MORE INFO AT
WWW.ESTUDIOSCANADIENSES.ORG

*CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE PANEL *Uprootings / Regroundings: Migrations in
Canadian Literature.*

This panel is interested in studying the ways in which migrations
challenge notions of home and belonging. We will focus on experiences of
uprooting and regrounding caused by individuals and communities
inhabiting and moving across familial, national and diasporic locations.
The panel aims at examining both how migration is experienced in
relation to home and belonging, and how home and belonging are formed in
relationship to individual and collective migration. We start from the
premise that the forms and conditions of movement are not only highly
divergent; they also exist in relation to similarly divergent
configurations of placement, or being “at home”. Who moves, who stays
and under what conditions? What is the relationship between those who
stay and those who arrive and leave? What forces entrench migration, or
propel staying ‘at home’? The concept of /uprootings/ and /regroundings/
provides a framework for rethinking home and migration in ways that open
up the discussion beyond oppositions such as stasis versus
transformation, or presence versus absence. Highlighting the tremendous
effort that goes into uprooting and regrounding homes, and the energy
that is invested in enabling or prohibiting migrations, allows us to
challenge the presumptions that movement involves freedom from grounds,
or that grounded homes are not sites of change, relocation or uprooting.
Rather than thinking of home and migration as constituted through
processes that map onto “migrating” and “homing”, uprootings and
regroundings make it possible to consider home and migration in terms of
a plurality of experiences, histories and circumstances. The task is
therefore not to categorize “home” as a condition distinct from
“migration”, but to ask how uprootings and regroundings are enacted-
affectively, materially and symbolically- in relation to one another. It
is of immense contemporary importance, from this point of view, to make
an attempt at defining or describing the nature of homing and migrating
as either separate or combined processes through which homes are un/made
or migrations are undertaken, forced or forbidden.

*FOR ABSTRACT PROPOSALS FOR THIS PANEL, PLEASE CONTACT:* Carmen Arzua
(Universidad complutense) carmenarzua_at_eresmas.com
<mailto:carmenarzua_at_eresmas.com> or Cristina Sánchez Soto (Univ. de La
Rioja) cristina-isabel.sanchez_at_dfm.unirioja.es
<mailto:Cristina-isabel.sanchez_at_dfm.unirioja.es> *BEFORE 15 MAY 2006*

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