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WHAT

Proposals are invited for the 6th international Western cultural and literary studies symposium, “Borders”.

WHEN / WHERE

The conference is to be held in Turkey on 20-21 November 2019 at Erciyes University, Kayseri and on 22 November 2019 at Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş , Nevşehir Uniersity. Abstracts are due on 30th September 2019.

TOPICS

Cultural, geographical, political, social, emotional, linguistic, and economic borders, among others, define and determine different aspects of our identities, cultures, and social lives along with literatures and arts. In a world charmed by ‘globalization’, interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences has thrown further lights on the definitions, conceptualizations, roles and functions of borders. They are understood not only in terms of limits, restrictions, and divisions but also in terms of opportunities, possibilities, and reconstructions. The study of borders from antiquity to modern times raises such questions as “What forms borders?”, “Who produces borders?”, “How are borders established?”, “Where are borders constructed?”, “Why are borders built”, and “How is it possible to cross borders?”

This symposium aims at exploring and providing insights into the construction, functions, and structures of borders in different areas from multidisciplinary perspectives.

To do this, this symposium welcomes scholarly contributions from different disciplines in humanities and social sciences.

Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Border Theory
  • Literature of Borders
  • Borders & Imaginative Literature
  • Borders & Culture
  • Borders, Memory & Space/Place
  • Borders & Media/Films
  • Borders & Language
  • Borders & Translation
  • Borders & Liminality
  • Borders & Technology
  • Borders of Otherness
  • Borders & Identity
  • Borders of Body & Mind
  • Borders & Migration/Immigration
  • Borders & Turkish diaspora
  • Identity building of the Turkish diaspora in the Western context
  • Borderlessness

APPLICATION

Oral presentations will be 20-minute long, including 10 minutes for questions, and discussion. The official languages of the symposium are English, Turkish, German, French and Russian and papers presented at the symposium can be delivered in one of these languages.

 

 


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