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In his 1951 book, The Uprooted, while writing on the great migrations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that created America, Oscar Handling penned the following words: "I shall touch upon broken homes, interruptions of a familiar life, separation from known surroundings, the becoming a foreigner and ceasing to belong… the history of immigration is a history of alienation and its consequences.” Indeed, emigration, exile, expatriation and slavery have been part of the human existence and consciousness from the beginning of recorded time.
With this in mind the Instituto Franklin of the University of Alcalá will hold an international conference around the themes of emigration/immigration, expatriation, exile, immigrant writing, hyphenation, cultural boundaries, the breaking of such boundaries, and bilingualism, as they pertain to America.
The overall aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from across the world and from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences to discuss those themes from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective.
The Organizing Committee invites post-graduate students as well as more established scholars of all disciplines to present 20 minute papers, in English or Spanish. Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) and a brief biography (100-200 words) via the electronic form you will find on the conference website by June the 1st.
Proposals can be sent from June 1st, 2013 – November 1st, 2013.
Publication of accepted proposals and provisional program: December 15th, 2013
For further information you can contact Isabel Albella:firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by: Instituto Franklin – UAH