SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: THE IDEA OF HOME
November 1-2, The University of New South Wales
This conference asks what forms the idea of home have taken since World War Two. We invite papers that historicise the meanings of exile, homelessness and displacement and/or those that explore the relationship between the concept of home as it has been shaped by the refugee and migration experience, and the contrapuntal notion of exile. We also invite consideration of the ideological function the ‘homeland’, as a site of yearning, has played in recent times and places. In some cases, the ‘phantom homelands’ created out of nostalgic longing have also led to real cases of extreme politics.
Further, we do not restrict considerations of home to national space. Scholars have been considering the home as a site of resistance, conformity, or surveillance in relation to the state. The ideas and ideals circulating around the postwar home in cities and suburbia have attracted recent scholarly attention in a diverse range of fields, and led to a new awareness of the role ideas of home have played in shaping the politics, ethics and values of contemporary society. These are some of the ways papers might address, and historicise, the idea of home since the Second World War: the meanings attributed to it, and how time and place have shaped meanings of exile, refuge, community, homeland and belonging in the 20th century.
Proposals should include a title, a 250-word abstract, a one-paragraph biographical note on the speaker and full contact details. They should be addressed no later than 16 July, 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Dr Ruth Balint
Dr Julie Kalman
School of History and Philosophy
University of New South Wales
+61 2 9385 1489 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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