Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging (20-21 May 2016)

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Endnotes: UBC English Graduate Conference

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging

Date: 20-21 May.

Location: UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 January 2016

Keynote Speakers: Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis and Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia.

What does it mean to be from a place or a position? To move from one position to another? What does it mean to be "moved" by an aesthetic experience?

Movement is inextricably entangled in questions of representation and reference. Movement is from and to, always relational and relative: the history of movement is also the history of its description. Fundamental to mobility is the idea of crossing—liminal experiences that are near, on or just across lines that otherwise seem impermeable. But mobility includes, too, questions of language itself, one of the media through which we express movement, a medium that is in continual flux, varying from place to place and time to time.

The 2016 UBC Endnotes Conference will explore questions surrounding the literary representation of movement, mobility, and belonging. What kinds of movement are characteristic of different groups and individuals? What are the implications of being a migrant, an immigrant or an emigrant? In our global age, technology has enabled newer, faster and more fluid forms of movement—for some.

Questions, genres, and texts we hope the conference will engage with include but are not limited to the following:

Technology and augmented movement
Categorization and characterization of movement and movers
Literary, critical, and activist movements
Multilingualism and transnational literatures
Intimacy, estrangement, and consensus
Positionality and reading practices
Virtual and imagined movement
Linguistic change, migration, and evolution
Tourism and travel narratives
Immigration and emigration
Displacement, refugees, and asylum
Ability, agency, and accessibility
Social, political, and economic movement and mobility
Homelessness and/or vagrancy
Collective and mass movement
Citizenship, nationality, and (settler) colonialism
Movement between urban and rural spheres

Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words for 20 minute presentations to by no later than January 31, 2016 to be considered. Please also include a short biography of approximately 50 words.

We also welcome panel submissions. Please include one abstract for the panel (approximately 500 words), and, optionally, individual abstracts of approximately 300 words for each paper.