On the move: narratives of displacement, travel and mobilities (Graduate Student Conference)

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Eighth Biennial Graduate Student Conference, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia
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Eighth Biennial Graduate Student Conference

Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

University of British Columbia

25-26 October 2019

Vancouver, Canada


On the move:

narratives of displacement, travel and mobilities

Keynote Speaker: Simon Harel (University of Montreal)


As we observe phenomena of human flow and intensified technological communication permeating our daily life and imagination, this international graduate student conference invites young scholars to investigate contemporary Francophone and Hispanic literature and culture under the paradigm of mobilities.

In the emerging field of Mobilities Studies, research and theoretical works have stemmed from a wide range of both social science disciplines and humanities disciplines: mainly anthropology, urban studies, transportation studies, postcolonial studies and history. We aim to generate discussions on the new forms of mobilities, on the ways we give meanings to migration and displacement, and on how globalized and local network transforms our identity construction and cultural understandings. We welcome papers that explore the movement and mobilities across various media and art forms, including (but not limited) to literature, film, mass media, comics, theatre, dance, performance and art.

Potential topics or investigative approaches could include:

  • Migrant writings or migration literature
  • Narratives on migrants and “refugee crisis”
  • Bodies in motion
  • Contemporary literature of travel & tourism
  • Transcultural exchanges or cultural mobilities
  • Fluid identity
  • Spaces of transit, temporary occupancy and human flow
  • Cyberspace, cybermigrance
  • Flânerie or urban wanderings
  • Mobility and immobility/stasis, or sedentary vs. nomadic
  • Exile across history
  • Pilgrimage past and present

The eighth edition of the biennial Graduate Student Conference (GSC) is an international conference organized by graduate students in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies (FHIS) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Its aim is to promote the works of young scholars and to generate ample discourse, debate, and dialogue on French and Hispanic literature, linguistics, culture, and other related fields of study.

Submissions in English, French, and Spanish will be considered. Abstracts (250 words maximum), which include the paper title, your academic affiliation, and contact information, must be submitted to the FHIS GSC Organizing Committee by no later than July 15, 2019 to the following address: fhis.gsc@gmail.com. Individual presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration. Please note that we also encourage the submission of abstracts for panels of presentations.

Important dates

Submission deadline: July 15, 2019

Notification of acceptance:August 15, 2019

Conference: 25-26 October 2019

For further information, feel free to go to the official GSC website (https://gsc2019onthemove.wordpress.com) or contact the Organizing Committee directly at fhis.gsc@gmail.com.