Making Strangers: Outsiders, Aliens and Foreigners (4/1/2017)

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Abbes Maazaoui / Lincoln University
contact email: 

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is requesting proposals/abstracts for its fifth international conference, to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The conference theme is “Making Strangers: Outsiders, Aliens and Foreigners.”


The recent refugee crisis in Europe and the growing political fallout in western democracies of widespread anti-immigrant sentiment have put the issue of otherness on the front burner as a cultural, political, social, human, and existential drama. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Albert Camus’ famous novel, The Stranger, this conference will examine the reality and representations of strangers, outsiders, aliens and foreigners across all academic disciplines and in particular the humanities and the social sciences. Topics may include but are not limited to:


Refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, outsiders, aliens, foreigners, travelers, bohemians, exiles, nomads

Representations of foreigners in literature, cinema, television, social media, political speech

Marketing fear of foreigners and the rise of nationalism and xenophobia

Politics of immigration, state law, international law

Ethical depictions of strangers in world religions

Melting pot, assimilation, segregation, exclusion, Apartheid

Social and economic impact of immigration in host countries

Experience and concept of strangeness


Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017


The following submissions in MS Word are required: (a) Name; (b) Affiliation (if any) as you would like it to appear in the conference program; (c) Title of the proposal; (d) Body of the proposal/abstract, which should not exceed 300 words;(e) Brief bio (job title or status if any, publications, etc.); (f) Contact information: e-mail, work (or home) address and phone number.


Please send your proposal to Abbes Maazaoui, at on or before January 31, 2017.


All submissions are subject to double-blind review. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals on an ongoing basis (3-4 weeks after submission).


A revised version of selected papers will be considered for publication in the fifth issue of the refereed Lincoln Humanities Journal (LHJ). For more information, see


Note: Lincoln University is a not-for-profit organization and cannot assist with conference travel and expenses