CFP: Far From Home: Migrants, Refugees, Expats, and Returnees (8/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Film & History



CFP: Far From Home: Migrants, Refugees, Expats, and Returnees

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference:

Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging

November 1-November 5, 2017

The Milwaukee Hilton

Milwaukee, WI (USA)


EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 2017


Leaving home – whether permanently or for a few years – challenges and recreates definitions of home.  One home is lost – whether voluntarily or out of necessity. Even if one returns, home itself has changed. A new home is created. Old traditions of home are mixed with new possibilities to maintain and create a sense of belonging. New couplings become possible. Parents from an old homeland watch their children create new homes with strangers. Some embrace the new possibilities. Some respond with attempts to force the young to maintain a home culture they may not remember firsthand.  


How do motion pictures portray the promise and heartbreak of living far from home?  In a world where the global flow of immigrants and refugees are increasingly fraught, how do screen narratives shape and reflect politics and popular sentiments?  In what ways do stories of acculturation and/or return become vehicles for cultural awareness?


This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering such films as: Sin Nombre, The Kite Runner; Illegal; The Immigrant; Hester Street; La Promesse; Not Without My Daughter; Eden is West; Flowers From Another World; Eat, Pray, Love; Dirty, Pretty Things; Brooklyn; and An Autumn’s Tale, among many others.  


Possible paper topics include:


  • How is home defined? Nation? Region? Neighborhood? Clan?
  • The nation as home
  • Borders and boundaries
  • Struggles of loyalty between the old and new homelands
  • Home on the run – Finding or keeping “home” without a building to call home
  • Struggles of acculturation
  • Loss of home
  • At home, with Others
  • The homes and family lives of migrants, refugees or expats
  • Inter-ethnic/racial romantic relationships


Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information, see the Film & History website (


Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:


Deborah Kitchen-Døderlein

University of Oslo