Deadline Approaching: (Un)Moorings Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
(Un)Moorings Conference, Emory University, Departments of English, French and Italian, and Comparative Literature



The Departments of

Comparative Literature – English – French and Italian,

Global & Postcolonial Studies (GPS)




An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Friday, April 20, 2018


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François,

Pennsylvania State University


Followed by a roundtable discussion with Emory Professors:

Deepika Bahri - Valérie Loichot - Nathan Suhr-Sytsma



When the Italian Navy refused to rescue a ship of nearly 480 people, with 280 Syrian refugees drowning, it was considered one of the “worst tragedies of the European refugee crisis.” The audio tapes, released in the spring of 2017--4 years after the tragedy--gave a small glimpse into the European Union’s failed policies toward refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the refusal for individual nation states to acknowledge their presence (TWP, 9 May 2017). Although this seems like a current phenomenon, populations have moved and been moved throughout various spatial and temporal contexts. This renegotiation of global(izing) landscapes occurs on both large and small scales, across land and water.  By comparing various experiences of migration and displacement, understandings of places and borders can become (un)moored. Refugee and migrant artistic productions offer an intervention into both forced and intentional silences of peoples drifting and moving across borders. Considering various mediums of narration (un)moors the migrant/refugee from its very figuration, allowing for an intervention that involves a reconceptualization of the world in which we live.


In broadening/reworking theoretical approaches to migratory flows, this conference wishes to question notions of borders and reconceive of the ways in which experiences of (un)mooring open up spaces within historical narratives that view the movement of populations from a place of stasis. Who is affected by these movements and how are their voices heard and/or silenced? What is the functionality of various forms of art (literature, film, music, sculpture, mixed media, etc.) in representing migrant experience and the notion of borders? How do these approaches to movement “reworld” the globe? From a perspective of movement, what does it mean to be local or global, and is there any difference?


We welcome submissions on interdisciplinary topics such as:


● Mobilities ● Location-Dislocation ● Globalization ● Creolization ● Relationships to the Mainland ● Migration ● Refugees ● Boat People ● Link, Attachment, Detachment ● (Post)colonial Relations ● Borders ● Exile ● Transnationality ● Gender ● Sexuality ● Race ● Ethnicity ● Flotsam / Jetsam  ● Insularity  ● Community  ● (Un)Belonging  ● (Forced) Migration ● Citizenship ● Empire ● Displacement ● Trauma ● Undocumented/Forced Labor ●  Diaspora ● Environment ● Urban Planning ● Local/Global Spaces ● Human Rights ●




Please send abstracts (250 words maximum) for a 15 minute presentation in English to:


Monday, February 5, 2018.


Responses to proposals will be given by February 17, 2018. 
Proposals should include your paper title, name, contact information, and institutional/departmental affiliation.