Interpreting Migration: An International Multidisciplinary Conference (Deadline Extended)

deadline for submissions: 
March 12, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Technical University of Liberec

Interpreting Migration: An International Multidisciplinary Conference

Time: 28-30 April, 2017

Place: Technical University of Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic

Registration Fee: 20 EUR


At a time when refugees as well as those migrating for better work and study opportunities or a more democratic life make headline news, thematize presidential debates and EU membership referendums, when national identity is increasingly defined against the free movement of people, the issue of migration could not be more topical as a focus of rigorous intellectual debate. Thus, our conference aims to bring together experts from all disciplines of the humanities and social and political sciences to discuss the phenomenon of migration, in all of its complexity, taking into account both its challenges and potential dangers to migrant and society, and its potential to be positive and enriching. Without any pre-conceived agenda or claim, we invite open-minded scholars with a belief in the fertilizing and liberating power of academic debate from the whole range of the political spectrum.

Thus, we welcome proposals for presentations tackling the issues of migration, diaspora, exile, persecution, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and related issues from various perspectives offered by ethnography, anthropology, social geography, sociology, political science, history, philosophy, as well as literary, media and cultural studies. General presentations, case studies and specific analyses are equally welcome.

The primary aim of the conference is to discuss and exchange methodologies, research models and theoretical knowledge about issues of migration, minority status and border crossing. After the conference, one or more peer reviewed volumes are to be published with a selection of the best papers.


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor David Lackland Sam, a pre-eminent scholar in the field of the psychology of acculturation and fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Relations (University of Bergen, Norway)

Professor Hamid Naficy, a leading authority in cultural studies of diaspora, exile, and postcolonial cinemas and media (Northwestern University, USA)

Bruce Barnhart, Associate Professor of American literature and co-director of the project Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities, from the University of Oslo (Norway).


The conference is part of the research project “CZ09 7F16020 Migration: Sociopsychological and Cultural Factors” and is generously sponsored by the Czech-Norwegian Research Program.


Conference organizers:

Sándor Klapcsik, Ph.D., project leader, assistant professor
Mgr. Zénó Vernyik, Ph.D., assistant professor


Send your proposals of approximately 200 words along with a short bio-note of 100 words by March 12, 2017 to Notification of acceptance is sent by March 15, 2017.