Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Call for Paper: DISPLACEMENT, RESISTANCE, REPRESENTATION: Culture and Power in Contexts of Migrancy 28-29 June 2012 Queen Mary University of London


Call for Papers

Culture and Power in Contexts of Migrancy

The Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary, University of
London is pleased to announce a Call For Papers for a conference to be
held on June 28th and 29th 2012.

This conference takes its cue from the mobilization of popular modes
of resistance witnessed in the course of 2011 both through the Arab
Spring and the Occupy movement. Its aim is to connect such mass
resistance to wider existing contexts of collective displacement and
migrancy. By focusing on cultural representation (understood in the
widest sense to include the media and the arts), it seeks to address
the role of culture in negotiating resistance and representation for
those who have been displaced or cast into migrancy for a variety of
reasons that range from the economic to the political to the ecological.

Proposals for papers are invited on a range of topics of global and
comparative focus relating to questions of representation for the
displaced. The following themes are some examples of the questions and
issues that will be addressed:
- the role of culture in negotiating displacement
- the role of culture in forging modes of resistance
- the political relevance of cultural representation for the displaced
- negotiation and empowerment in contexts of displacement

Proposals are invited from academics, postgraduate research students,
artists, cultural performers and those working in the areas of culture
and migration. Papers should last no more than 20 minutes. Abstracts
and a brief bio-data of 250 words should be sent to Professor Parvati
Nair (p.nair@qmul.ac.uk) by no later than May 2nd 2012.