Heritages of Migration : Moving Stories, Objects and Home
Conference Dates: 6 – 10 April 2017
Call for Papers: Deadline 14 October 2016
Papers will be accepted in English and Spanish / Los resúmenes se reciben en español y en inglés.
Online submission form: www.universityofbirmingham.submittable.com
Contact: Hannah Stretton, Ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Download the Call for Papers here: Heritages of Migration Postcard
View the Call for Papers in Spanish here.
Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home
The early colonization of the Americas represented the layering of cultures and new inscriptions of place. Today we see conceptions of the stability of ‘old world’ that have been challenged by centuries of two-way flows of people and objects, each engendering new meanings, allowing for new interpretations of landscape, the production of identities and generating millions of stories. The emergence of the ‘new world’ in opposition to the old – in real, imaginary and symbolic terms – problematizes sense of place and induces consideration of a ‘placelessness’ as a location for ideas of home, memory and belonging. This conference looks at the actors and processes that produce and reconfigure the old world in the new, and the new world in the old across the Atlantic – north and south – through constructions of heritage in material and immaterial form. Its focus is upon the widely conceived Trans-Atlantic but we also welcome contributions that focus on the heritages of migration from around the world.
Held at the National Museum of Immigration, Buenos Aires, Argentina – a country that itself has seen mass immigration – this conference asks:
- What objects and practices do migrants value and carry with them in their movements between old and new worlds?
- How do people negotiate and renegotiate their “being in the world” in the framework of migration?
- How is memory enacted through material culture and heritage into new active domains?
- What stories are told and how are they transmitted within and between migrant communities and generations?
- How is the concept of home made meaningful in a mobile world?
- Where do performances of identity “take place” so as to generate new landscapes of collective memory?
- How do the meanings of place and placelessness change over generations from an initial migration?
The conference is designed encourage provocative dialogue (….) more : heritagesofmigration.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/