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Transnational Humanities

Call for Papers

Theme: Transnational Humanities
Subtitle: Concept and Praxis
Type: UCD Humanities Institute PhD Conference
Institution: UCD Humanities Institute, University College Dublin
Location: Dublin (Ireland) / Online
Date: 19.2.2021
Deadline: 30.11.2020

In an ever-changing and increasingly transnationalized world, the
multidirectional movement of people, ideas, and commodities, enhanced
by advances in transportation, information, and communication
technologies, have now become an integral aspect of our everyday
lived-experience and identity formation. Born out of the awareness of
the current condition, the analysis of the transnational network
resonated with conversations in the humanities highlighting the
interconnectivity of social, political, and cultural activities that
cut across state boundaries. Transnationalism as a concept and praxis
challenges the unexamined structural concepts that frame the world,
people, knowledge, and objects into binary oppositions, i.e. their
division into global/local, central/peripheral, western/non-western,
or universal/particular camps and positions that reproduce a divisive
and hierarchical form of society.

In the context of this complex and potentially conflictual condition
of multidimensional interconnectedness, the 2021 PhD Conference of
the UCD Humanities Institute is seeking proposals from emerging
scholars and artists (doctoral candidates or researchers who received
their PhD within the last five years) who are engaging with the
concept, practice, or actors of transnationalism.

We invite proposals for individual papers of no more than 2,500 words
(suitable for a 20-minute presentation), or 3-paper panel sessions
addressing topics that include but not limited to the transnational
aspects of:

- flow experience, subjectivity, and identity
- cultural diversity, social integration, and solidarity
- community formation and emotional and affective relations
- value crisis in intercultural encounters
- socio-political agency and resistance
- migration, diaspora, and international labour
- human mobility and geography
- space and place in a global context
- borders and boundaries
- creation and appreciation of music and fine arts
- film and media studies
- the inter-cultural movement and development of ideas and philosophy
- the geo- and bio-politics of knowledge
- literature and translatability
- multilingual encounters and the process of hybridization,
 enrichment, and symbiosis

Papers reflecting on the broad aspects of transnationalism are also welcome:

- transnational philosophy, framework, and methodology
- transnationalism’s relation to globalization and advancements in
- transnationality and transculturality
- transnationalized knowledges and experience

Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a bio-note of around 200
words, on or before 30 November 2020 (Monday), 5:00 PM (Irish
Standard Time), to:

All proposals should include your name, email address and academic
affiliation (if applicable). Please also include a main subject field
plus secondary subject field in the application. The conference will
be held in English. The conference is convened by Resident Scholars
of the UCD Humanities Institute.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr Ailbhe Kenny
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

We currently hope that this conference can take place in person, but
in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and also with anthropogenic climate
change in mind, we will accommodate requests for remote participation
in the conference. It is also the intention to publish online
selected papers from the conference.

For further information contact HI Resident Scholars Zhengfeng Wang,
Bianca Rita Cataldi, Mike Norris, or Kelly Louise Rexzy Agra, at the
conference email address:

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