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Call for Papers: Perspectives from Languages Literatures, and Cultures

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Credit: Bridging Home, London by Do Ho Suh (b. 1962), photo credit: Gautier Deblonde, CC BY-NC-ND

King’s College London, Postgraduate Conference, 29th April 2024

Insider/Outsider: Perspectives from Languages Literatures, and Cultures

Deadline for proposals: 2nd February 2024

The department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at King’s College London invites postgraduate students/candidates to submit abstracts for this one-day, in-person conference to be hosted at King’s College London on 29th April 2024. The aim of this conference is to explore the complex relationships between the insider, the outsider, and the space in-between. Ian Stronach, in his search for new metaphors to avoid unhelpful binaries, suggests that it is possible to conceive a world in which ‘it may be that “inside” and “outside” are not reliable distinctions’ (1996, 365). His reflections prompt us to question and reconsider the dichotomy, broadening its interpretations and analytical potential. We encourage you to interpret the concept of the insider/outsider broadly, and anticipate that possible themes could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Representations of the ‘misfit’: inclusion, exclusion, and transgression. Prejudice and discrimination in fiction and film.
  • Writing the self, imagining the ‘other’, and othering the self.
  • The migrant experience and writing from the diaspora.
  • Transnational and transcultural identities.
  • Marginality and the borderlands.
  • Ethnographic language learning, translation, and interpreting.
  • Unconventionality: narratives of alternative community creation and kinship formation.
  • The researcher as Insider and/or Outsider

Abstract info

Abstracts should be 250-300 words. Please send all abstracts, along with a brief bio (to include your university and department, current research/interests, and any other information you believe relevant as part of your introduction) to Andrew Nunes by 2nd February 2024. You will be notified about the status of your proposal by late February with the final programme being published at the start of March 2024.

Possible formats may include:

  • 20 minutes paper presentations.
  • Proposals for a full panel session.
  • Poster presentations.
  • Collaborative workshops.
  • Poetry and prose readings/performance.

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