I INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TRANSITIONS: IDENTITIES & CULTURES IN MOTION. HE SOUTHERN BORDER: MARGINAL VOICES AND TALES

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Universidad de Cádiz

As Gloria Anzaldúa states in her seminal work on identities and borders, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987), migrants are marked and defined by the open wounds caused by crossing the frontier. Our own culture is defined by the experience of crossing borders. Thus, we feel impelled to consider the consequences of constant and unavoidable transitions that shape us now as much as they have in the past.

Therefore, this I International Conference “Transitions: Identities and Cultures in Motion,” seeks to study linguistic and cultural implications of migratory movements both from the south and towards it. Stories of the frontier are inevitably touched by the difference that accompanies migrants. Linguistic, racial, social and cultural differences that accompany individuals that belong to nowhere, whose home is within the border, the border that goes through everything and changes it forever. In this sense, and from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, it is intended to address how the migrant fact and frontiers define our identities within the different dilemmas we have faced in the past, and we still face nowadays.

All contributions that reflect on identity transition based on migration from or towards the South, from very diverse disciplines and times will be welcomed, including cultural, filmic, artistic or literary studies, as well as linguistic, philosophical or historical studies that address how the migrant fact has been understood by emigrant and immigrant people, emphasising the links between Spain, Europe, Africa and America. Because of the many different disciplinary  perspectives that can be chosen to study migratory transitions, two main themes are proposed:

THEME 1:  VOICE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE MIGRANT Migrants could sometimes be recognized as “nobodies” or “borderlanders” in Galeano’s words –also referred to by Gloria Anzaldúa– or as “cross-cultural coyotes”, who are singled out by Gómez Peña in the context of the Mexican border. That is, a subaltern subject born from the blending of two cultures that influence them equally, a representative of a borderland identity which corresponds neither to their ancestors’ nor their immediate surroundings. Subjects who are lost between homesickness and the footprints they cannot leave behind. In this sense, we welcome abstracts that tackle topics such as: ➔ Representations, myths, and images of migration in literature and other arts ➔ Experiences of exile and diaspora, translation, and migratory editorial practices, and cultural and artistic management of migratory otherness. ➔ Linguistic and cultural identity of the migrant: language contact, bilingualism, and diglossia. ➔ Linguistic attitudes, ideologies, and politics beyond the border. ➔ Spanish and European outlooks from both sides of the frontier.  ➔ Feminism and migratory queer studies. LÍNEA 2:  BORDERLINE PERSPECTIVES The border, seen as a “division” of space always means an adjustment of crosses and marks on a map that influences people’s lives. In this case, we are interested in visions of the Southern frontier as a collision space. Because of this, all the contributions that analyse the frontier’s role from different spaces and points of view will be integrated within this theme. The following themes are proposed, as guidance lines:  ➔ Linguistic and cultural representations of the Strait of Gibraltar and Europe’s Southern border ➔ Politics of the migrant space: Cities, ghettos, slums and suburbs. ➔ The big frontier. Censorships and bans of the cultural migrant subject: publishing industry and racial, cultural and linguistic diversity. ➔ Visions and attitudes towards migration. Immigration policies and cultural reactions to them. ➔ Ecocritical visions of the border. Natural and political borders. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020 Participants will be notified whether their proposal is accepted before May 1, 2020. All speakers must register online before June 1, 2020. To submit your abstract, please follow this link . Anyone interested in the conference topics is welcomed. All proposals will be read and evaluated by the organizing and academic committees. The selection process will consider the interest of the proposal’s topic as well as its adjustment to the Congress  thematic line, its quality and the pertinence of the methodology used. In case your  proposal is admitted, firstly speakers will have to confirm their assistance and secondly apply as communicators paying the applicable fees.