Borders - Saturday, March 29, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
Abbes Maazaoui / Lincoln University
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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is requesting proposals/abstracts for its annual conference, to be held on March 29, 2014. The main conference theme is "Borders." Approaches across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed. The conference organizers are particularly interested in papers that provide specific readings of borders as depicted in anthropology, politics, religion, education, world literature, philosophy, music, visual arts, and the media.

To explore the complexity of borders as a literary, political, social, cultural, economic, ethical and aesthetic construct, the conference will feature papers, panel discussions, and posters.

Topics include but are not limited to:
Borders, fences, and frontiers across history, geography, and cultures
Borders, invasion, occupation, violence, nationalism, and war
Borders as a tool of exclusion / inclusion; political unions, (re)unification, mergers, blocs
Artificial borders
Crossing borders
Travelers, migrants, bohemians, exiles, and nomads
Cross-fertilization (between people, cultures, disciplines, genres, genders, etc.)
Diasporas and minorities
Representations of borders and migration in literature, film, theatre, the media, and the arts
Borders vs. global village, cosmopolitism, multiculturalism
Literary portrayals of the migrant and the outsider

Proposals/abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Please include with your abstract your name, work affiliation (if any), the title of the proposal, and your full contact information. Submission deadline: December 1, 2013. Please send your proposal to Abbes Maazaoui, at

Important Dates
Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2013
Acceptance Notification: December 7, 2013
Conference Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

A selection of papers (subject to the normal reviewing process and standards) may be published in the Lincoln Humanities Journal. See