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Call for Papers

Theme: Diasporas
Type: 3rd Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Progressive Connexions
Location: Prague (Czech Republic)
Date: 1.–2.12.2019
Deadline: 31.5.2019

The dispersion of communities of people physically displaced from
their perceived ‘homeland’ to other parts of the globe has been a
defining feature of the human experience. Commonly referred to as
diasporas, these groups have travelled to other lands for reasons
including to escape persecution, to seek a better life and to exploit
economic opportunities. As a critical framework, diaspora directs our
attention to the impact of relocation/dislocation on the lives and
identities of affected individuals, the homelands they leave and the
new places where they make their homes. Diaspora has often been
defined in terms of what it is not – not from “here,” not “at home,”
not “rooted.” This approach is consistent with the way modern — that
is, privileged — subjectivity is primed to understand identity in
terms of how it differs from an ‘other’. For this reason, the
language of difference is inextricably linked to the concept of
identity. Whether they are designated as exiles, expatriates, alien
residents, transnationals, dual/multiple-citizens, refugees, or other
migrants, diasporans frequently are regarded — by others as well as
by themselves — as ‘other’. While diaspora offers convenient
terminology for talking about groups living away from an ancestral
homeland, it has acquired particular meanings and connotations about
the nature of dispersion, the orientation of displaced persons to the
homeland and the impact of boundaries on identity. However,
influential voices in the field have called for diaspora to be
through of as a critical practice that engages in an ongoing
discussion with diasporic experience without falling into the
temptations to categorize or define too rigidly.

As we approach the end of the first 20 years of the 21st century, we
are well positioned to consider how members of displaced groups
relate to identity markers such as race, ethnicity, nationality,
language, religion, and other socio-cultural categories, having
regard to the impact of globalisation, connectivity and mobility. If
the language of difference, binary categories of here/there and other
features of customary understandings of diaspora are no longer
appropriate, then new approaches for conceptualising, theorising,
representing and interacting with diasporas are needed. Accordingly,
the third international interdisciplinary conference on diaspora
provides a platform for participants from all relevant fields,
professions and practices to engage in dialogues that shed light on
the evolving meaning of diasporas and the tangible application of
that knowledge in the community with a view to forming a selective
publication to engender further research and collaboration. The
conference organisers welcome proposals for presentations in a
variety of formats (presentations, workshops, panels, group
activities, performances, etc.) that address any aspect of diaspora.
These topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Home: ideas of what constitutes home and belonging or being at
home; “homing”; relationships between diaspora communities and
so-called homelands; replication or (re-)creation of home/land;
idealisation of returning home; experiences of returning home

- Identity and representation of diaspora including through memory
and witnessing; literature; music; performance; film and other visual

- Power and voice: liminality and in-betweenness, marginalisation,
(in)visibility, and relations of and to power

- Policy and law: NGOs, charities and government agencies that
provide assistance to diasporans; political agency and activism of
diasporans; impact of diaspora on foreign policy; approaches to
recognising and protecting rights of diasporans

- Connectivity and technology: impact of television, radio,
telephony, the internet, social media, and other modes of connection;
eDiasporas; impact of privilege on who is connected and who is not;
role of technology in assisting diaspora to reshape “home” from a
distance and vice versa

- Impact of intersectionalities: entanglements/tensions relating to
language, race and ethnicity, nationality, culture and other
diasporic diversities on relations within and between diaspora
communities—and how those relationships are discussed

- Sex, gender, and sexuality: how differences in sex, gender, and
orientation produce differing perspectives on what constitutes
diasporic identity; how these differences produce competing diasporic
narratives; how diasporic experiences facilitate the production of
alternate social performances and identity narratives; how LGBTQ+
members of diaspora communities negotiate hetero-normativity in their
respective communities; queering diaspora/diasporicising the queer;
experiences of women, trans individuals, those who identity as queer
(queer diasporas), those involved in the sex industry, the cultural
roles that sex plays, etc.

- Economics: Employment and financial security for diaspora
communities; economic impacts of movement by diasporas (including
international trade relations)

- Education and pedagogy: how diaspora and education mutually inform
each other; experiences of diasporans in the classroom; how diaspora
is taught

- Generational issues; intergenerational challenges faced by aging
diasporas; differences in diasporic experiences among (grand)parents
and children; how age and generational differences impact the ways in
which the diaspora self-identifies and represents itself to others

- Post-colonialism and decolonisation: how discourses around diaspora
shifts vis-a-vis evolving politics of post-colonialism and
decolonisation, particularly in relation to the ways in which “here”
and “there” have traditionally been constructed within colonial

- Health and wellness: health care and wellness issues that affect
diasporans specifically, including ‘Mad Culture’; impact of
governments, medical professionals, other institutions and filters on
health services for members of diaspora communities; contributions by
members of diasporic communities to health and wellness practices
(e.g. Eastern medicine treatments, etc.)

- Legacies: impact of diaspora on evolution of languages, genetic
traits, geographical boundaries, etc.

We encourage proposals that will engage the minds, if not the hearts,
of attendees at these conferences. The conference is not one where
presenters will simply read their written work; as most of us can
read we don’t need to travel great distances to listen to someone
reading. Rather, we encourage proposals that will give rise to
discussion and questions and that will give rise to the birth of new
and exciting ideas that might help people understand the topic
better. And maybe, in some small or big way, such discussion and
engagement might lead to some change in our world for the better.

What to Send

The aim of this inclusive interdisciplinary conference and
collaborative networking event is to bring people together and
encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of
formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances,
poster presentations, panels, q&a’s, round-tables etc. Please feel
free to put forward proposals that you think will get the message
across, in whatever form.

300 word proposals for participation should be submitted by Friday
31st May 2019. Other forms of participation should be discussed in
advance with the Organising Chair.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous
(blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the
Project Development Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our
procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it
will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 14th June 2019.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of
your contribution should be submitted by Friday 13th September 2019.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats
with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b)
affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email
address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10

E-mails should be entitled: Migrations Submission.

Where to Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair
and the Project Administrator:

Dr Jonathan Rollins:

Project Administrator:


Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and
professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should
attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to
make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal
for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and
we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel
or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and


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