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SECOND BIENNIAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE - THEME "HOME" 7th-11th September 2014
full name / name of organization:
Dept of English Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria/Tshwane
VENUE: Kwa Maritane Lodge (Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Heritage Site), North-West Province, South Africa
The successful conference on “Memory” held in Pretoria, in March 2012, inaugurated a series of biennial international conferences organised by the Department of English Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA). The Department takes great pleasure in announcing the next conference, around the theme of “Home”, which will take place in September 2014.
Point of both literal and symbolic birth, growth, death, and the clearest referent for departure and return, the idea of “home” has accrued, from antiquity to our time, a wealth of diverse connotations in literature, language and numerous other fields of knowledge.
In the present era of world-wide travels, but also of migrations, expulsions, deportations and deracinations of various kinds, “home” has taken on a renewed significance, even when it is viewed with postmodern scepticism as a mythical point of origin that cannot fully be regained. This nexus of intersecting, overlapping and superimposed meanings provides the conceptual centre for an international and interdisciplinary conference on “home”, during which we hope to enable participants to engage in a stimulating dialogue involving multiple perspectives on this theme.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Submission of Abstracts
The language of abstracts and of presentations will be English. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
If you are interested in participating, please submit a title and a 250-300 words abstract, with your name and affiliation, to the following address by 28th February 2014 to the Convener, Dr S Dambe, at firstname.lastname@example.org