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September 30, 2019
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Cultural, geographical, political, social, emotional, linguistic, and economic borders, among others, define and determine different aspects of our identities, cultures, and social lives along with literatures and arts. In a world charmed by 'globalization', interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences has thrown further lights on the definitions, conceptualizations, roles and functions of borders. They are understood not only in terms of limits, restrictions, and divisions but also in terms of opportunities, possibilities, and reconstructions. The study of borders from antiquity to modern times raises such questions as "What forms borders?", "Who produces borders?", "How are borders established?", "Where are borders constructed?", "Why are borders built", and "How is it possible to cross borders?"

This symposium aims at exploring and providing insights into the construction, functions, and structures of borders in different areas from multidisciplinary perspectives.

To do this, this symposium welcomes scholarly contributions from different disciplines in humanities and social sciences.

Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:


  • Border Theory
  • Literature of Borders
  • Borders & Imaginative Literature
  • Borders & Culture
  • Borders, Memory & Space/Place
  • Borders & Media/Films
  • Borders & Language
  • Borders & Translation
  • Borders & Liminality
  • Borders & Technology
  • Borders of Otherness
  • Borders & Identity
  • Borders of Body & Mind
  • Borders & Migration/Immigration
  • Borders & Turkish diaspora
  • Identity building of the Turkish diaspora in the Western context
    • Borderlessness


Oral presentations will be 20-minute long and 10 minutes for questions, and discussion. The official languages of the symposium are English, Turkish, German, French and Russian and papers presented at the symposium can be delivered in one of these languages.

Submitted papers will be included in three types of publication: proceeding, international volume and special issue in the Journal KARE.

The first two days of the symposium (November 20 and 21) will take place in Kayseri, Erciyes University and the sessions on the last day of the symposium (November 22) will be held in Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 August 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by September 6, 2019.


Guidelines for abstract submission:

All abstracts must be written in one the official languages of the symposium - English, Turkish, German, French or Russian-, and the length should not exceed 300 words (not including key words and references). Abstracts for proposed papers should be submitted electronically in the MS word format using the abstract submission form on the web site.

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Erciyes University, Faculty of Letters, Department of English Language and Literature, and Russian Language and Literature, Kayseri, Turkey.

Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Nevşehir, Turkey