2016 Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference CFP

Mobile Communities

Conference Date: October 28, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Mary Layoun

Movement and stasis. Routes to and from home. Boundaries and belonging. Local places and global spaces. The possibilities for and barriers to mobility shape the way that communities, cultures, and individuals communicate with one another. Mobility influences interconnectivity across time and space as well as the formation of hierarchies of domination and subordination.

In our contemporary moment of globalization and technological advancement in modes of movement and travel, how does mobility challenge our conceptions of nation, intercultural communication, and the identity of the individual within the larger networks of the local and the global? In what ways does mobility destabilize and reinforce the concept of home? How do ideas travel between places? What roles do communities of scholars, artists, writers, and teachers play in fostering the multidirectional movement of ideas? How does global production force mobility of labor? How is mobility facilitated or rendered impossible by built environments? Who has the privilege of choosing mobility and who is simply moved from place to place by social, political, ecological, and economic factors? For example, how might we locate refugee crises or rapid urban gentrification within the theoretical context of mobility?

The 2016 Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference invites paper submissions from across the humanities that address the issues of mobility and community in any of its forms. We are particularly interested in papers that span a broad range of disciplines, time periods, and critical engagements with the idea of mobility. We welcome papers from all disciplines and fields whose works engage in rethinking mobility.

Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a short bio, to tuftsgradhumanitiesconference@gmail.com by May 15, 2016.

Possible topics include:

  • Mobility/immobility
  • Migration, including exile, immigration, and emigration
  • Disability Studies
  • Mapping and travel
  • Environmental planning
  • Anticolonial and decolonial engagements with mobility
  • Transnational Studies
  • Labor and border crossings, trafficking, and deportation
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Open access and Digital Humanities
  • Historic journeys and voyages, including the Middle Passage and Reverse Passage
  • Aesthetic engagements with mobility and movement
  • Utopian and Dystopian Studies
  • Diaspora(s)
  • Cosmopolitanism




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