Call for Papers

Deracinations: Bedouin, Gypsy, Nomadic, Immigrant and Indigenous Spaces

A Panel Discussion at the Sixth International Literature and Humanities Conference,

Inscriptions in the Sand: an arts and culture conference and festival

at Eastern Mediterranean University

in Famagusta, on the island of Cyprus

May 30-June 1, 2003



Submissions are invited for a wide-ranging Panel Discussion on the geographical and cultural implications—historical, legal, political, social, etc.—of spaces inhabited by displaced or deracinated individuals and populations, broadly defined. We welcome presentations dealing with specific sites and circumstances as well as broader theoretical/philosophical engagements.


Some possible topic areas (others are welcome):


—indigenous languages and literatures: memory and tradition

—translation and assimilation: naming, forgetting, and linguistic rights

—rights and empowerment: immigrants, refugees, labor migrants, illegals, asylum seekers

—gender persecution, sexual orientation, and marginalization

—constructions of class, religion, race and ethnicity in displaced populations

—nomadologies, subaltern discourses, and modes of transgression/resistance

—the economics of displacement: capital flow, social contracts, labor regulations

—indigenous populations and issues of territory and natural/cultural resources

—naturalization/immigration: citizenship and the construction of legal subjects

—cultural diffusion: globalization and identity loss/construction

            —problems of belonging: racism, ghettoization, stereotyping, exclusion, assimilation

—social policy in the context of cosmopolitanism/multiculturalism/diversity

—deracinated/diasporic spaces and social welfare

—political and legal identity: representation, rights, and civic participation

the “outlaw”: narratives of the “inside,” border policies, and legal violence

—the university, the Internet, and the social role of the intellectual/activist

—postmodern/other subjects: autonomy, hybridity, virtuality



Prospective panelists are invited to send 250-word abstracts/proposals for 15-20 minute presentations on any aspect of these areas to [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] by 30 October, 2002. We look forward to learning about your research, and to a provocative discussion.


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