Conference of the North American Society for Exile Studies
University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) September 26-29, 2013
The aim of this conference is to examine the structure and function of the many networks that exiles established within their host countries as well as across national or even continental borders. The ability to establish contacts and/or build collaborations with other exiles or with artists and intellectuals in the respective host countries often proved crucial for survival. Exile publications and organizations not only provided paid positions for needy exiles but also a venue for artists to publish or present their work. The common experience of exile led to creative collaborations among artists and scholars. In addition, global communication networks existed that allowed exiles in Australia, Israel or South America to be informed about events in Vienna or Los Angeles. Moreover, these communication networks allowed for friendships and collaborations to overcome the separation and isolation caused by exile.
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of these networks is particularly desired as it will avoid a narrow focus on representative works or figures and will open new perspectives about existence under the difficult conditions of emigration and exile.
Send one-page abstract and a brief CV no later than March 15, 2013 to:
Department of German and Russian
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05408
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