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>From:         Jane Lewin <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Coming Home? (Southampton, 1-3 April 2009)
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>Coming home? Conflict and return migration in twentieth-century Europe.
>
>1-3 April 2009, University of Southampton.
>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>
>The question of return has long been thought to 
>be central to an exilic discourse and yet 
>relatively little is known about how return 
>migration is actually experienced and 
>subsequently remembered by exiles and also by 
>migrants more widely. In order to mark the 70th 
>anniversary of the 'official' end of the Spanish 
>Civil War and the start of the Second World War, 
>events which led to the mass displacement of 
>refugees, this conference seeks contributions 
>for papers on the broad theme of conflict and 
>return migration in twentieth-century Europe. We 
>welcome individual papers or panels in English 
>that focus on any exile, refuge or migrant 
>return episode that has Europe as its point of 
>arrival or departure. We are particularly 
>interested in addressing the experiences, 
>memories and conceptual issues of return in 
>relation to the following questions:
>
>  *     What were the motivations for returning? How did institutions,
>political and social networks influence return? How was return organised?
>  *     What strategies did migrants adopt to deal with the impossibility
>of return?
>  *     How were migrants received, perceived and represented by the
>authorities and communities upon their return?
>  *     To what extent were attitudes and post-return daily practices
>(e.g. rituals, cultural practices, language 
>etc.) influenced by the experience of migration? 
>In what ways, if at all, did migrants re- 
>construct questions of home and homeland upon 
>their return?
>  *     How does return relate to the wider migratory process? To what
>extent does return signify the end of exile, 
>diaspora, and the closure of the migration cycle?
>  *     How has return been remembered at an individual and group level?
>Does this vary between different categories of migrants?
>  *     How has return been represented in literature, art and film? What
>are the epistemological and ontological 
>implications of these representations? Does an 
>adequate representation or performance of return 
>exist?
>
>  Keynote speakers:
>  Alicia Alted Vigil, Professor of History, UNED, 
>Madrid  Geneviève Dreyfus-Armand, Historian and 
>Director of the BDIC, Paris  Franziska Meyer, 
>Associate Professor of German Studies, 
>University of Nottingham
>
>Organised with The Exilio Network: Research into 
>Refugees and other Migrations, which is 
>supported by the AHRC, and Outcast Europe.
>
>A selection of papers will be considered for 
>publication after the conference. Please send 
>abstracts (250 words) before 01/09/08
>to:Dr Alicia Pozo Gutiérrez    [log in to unmask] 
>/   Dr Scott Soo  [log in to unmask]
>
>Conference website:      http://www.soton.ac.uk/ml/research/cominghome.html

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