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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Conference Alert/CFP: Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities:

From H-Museum:

Call for papers and session proposals

Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities:
a conference about migration, connection, heritage and cultural memory.
Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
3-5 December 2007

Abstracts and session proposals due by 31 March 2007

"Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities" will explore the cultural connections between homelands and new lands, and the complexities of reshaping cultural identities and shifting allegiances between cultures of departure and cultures of arrival. It has three main streams:

The "public policy" stream will cover issues of economics, population, forced migration, security, 'core values', education and the managing of cultural impacts of migration.

"The history of migration" stream will include sessions on pre- and post-World War Two migration, recent arrivals and diasporic communities.

The "cultural migration" stream will include sessions on memory, writing, language, cultural maintenance and sustainability, and the plurality of migrant identities.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

* The demographics of people flow: who moves where? and why?
* Forced migration in the Asia Pacific
* Cultural, political and economic factors shaping migration. How are
connections made?
* Bordering the nation: migration and national security
* Transnationalism, citizenship and sovereignty
* Gender and generational issues in the migration experience
* Linguistics, diaspora and migration
* Settling down, settlement patterns and return migration
* Can multi-cultures and multi-ethnicities produce one nation?
* Multiculturalism
* Language maintenance in the new culture
* Foodways
* Migration, place and situated identities
* Connections with the new place and (re)negotiating with the old
* Home and Away: What is transferred from the home culture to the new
culture? What cannot fit in the baggage?
* Imaginary homelands: life-writing, creative writing and film responses to
the migration experience
* Unsettlement: the idea of the settler colony
* Cultural memory: heritage and exchange
* Transplanted cultures as tourist attractions
* Fusion, 'cultural hybridity', and cosmopolitanism

Abstracts and session proposals should be sent to Nena Bierbaum, School of Humanities, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australian 5001, or by email to by *31 March 2007*.

This conference is organised by the Flinders Humanities Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange (FHRC), the Centre for Research into New Literatures in English (CRNLE) and Flinders International Asia Pacific (FIAP). The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the European Commission's Delegation to Australia, and the Innovative Universities European Union Centre.

For further details and contact information, please see

Lyn Leader-Elliott
Program Coordinator, Professional Studies
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Tourism
School of Humanities
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100,
Adelaide SA 5001

Tel +61 8 8201 3039
Fax +61 8 8201 3635

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