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Call for Papers: Reinventing Mobilities and Borders: Cross-disciplinary Conversations (Joensuu, 2/21-2/22/2019)

Posted: 11/26/2018 (Conference)

We are pleased to announce Reinventing Mobilities and Borders: Cross-disciplinary Conversations, a symposium to be held at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and organized by Karelian Institute. The symposium welcomes scholars from the Social Sciences and Humanities working in Mobilities and Borders research. The deadline for abstract submission is January 12, 2019. (please check attachment for details on panels)

The symposium aims to provide a forum for interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and expertise between a wide range of disciplines and researchers studying the issues that are broadly related to traditional as well as new emerging areas of mobilities and borders research. The symposium aims to promote discussion to forge a collective path forward for multidisciplinary research and scholarship and address new research questions and current local and global concerns. It seeks to address theoretical, empirical, political, and ethical questions in relation to mobilities and borders that are mutually constitutive but appear uneven, complex, and precarious in the twenty-first century. The following themes are discussed: how mobilities/immobility, borders and bordering, and border-crossings as multi-level practices are shaped and reshaped by various structures and drivers in addition to global flows of people, products, and technologies. The symposium also discusses the experiences of mobilities/immobility and borders and bordering that are enlivened and revived in memory, imaginaries and literary works resulting in either experiences of empowerment or various forms of inequality. Through mobilization of different means such as forms of capitals and new technologies, moving people often with family members hope to reach individual or collective goals and aspirations, or regain the momentum of dignified self-realization and/or preferred way of life.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Anssi Paasi (University of Oulu) will address the utopia of the borderless world and the problem of ethics;

Professor Laura Assmuth (UEF) will provide cross-disciplinary approach on translocal families in East and Northern Europe;

Professor Östen Wahlbeck (University of Helsinki) will address the issues of transferability and mobilisability of transnational resources;

Professor James Scott (UEF) will discuss borders and securitization of identity;

Professor Jopi Nyman (UEF) will approach Anglophone literary mobilities in the Mediterranean.

We call for research papers that critically study current questions in the fields of mobilities and border studies in various intersecting domains. These domains could include for example (a) individuals’ life-worlds, personal experiences and strategies, (b) institutional structures, policies (local, national and beyond), legal frameworks and humanitarian work, (c) media and public discourses, and (d) academic engagement and intervention.

Please, submit your research abstract of maximum 200 words to the organizer of the panels in which you wish to participate no later than January 12, 2019. We plan to publish a volume by an international publisher which has shown interest in our symposium.

The symposium is supported by the research project Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narrative of B/Order and Other, funded by the Academy of Finland, the University of Eastern Finland.


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Deadline: 01/12/2019

Location: University of Eastern Finland