Rhizomes V. Diaspora: Language and Place

July 24, 2009

A Conference for Postgraduates and Early-Career Researchers. Dates: 4–5 February 2010. Call for Papers – Due 1 October 2009.

The University of Queensland’s School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies invites you to participate in the School’s annual postgraduate conference Rhizomes – designed by and for postgraduate students and early career researchers. The aim of Rhizomes is to provide an opportunity for scholars working within the humanities and social sciences to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue on the theme “Diaspora: Language and Place”. The conference encourages the elaboration of varied perspectives on one or more of the theme areas in order to explore the connections, continuities and discontinuities that intersect the concepts of Diaspora within other human fields such as language, place, memory, literature or identity.

We welcome scholars to submit abstracts which explore themes such as:
– Language diasporic varieties
– Language and heritage
– Critical analysis on diasporic discourses
– Virtual cultures, virtual spaces
– Schooling and place
– Migration language policies
– Diasporic identities
– Topographies of place and home
– Diasporic literatures
– Nationalism and diaspora
– Translating and interpreting studies
– Diaspora and gender
– Language teaching: reinventing the Self

Presentations are to be no longer than twenty minutes (with ten additional minutes for questions). Panels will be grouped by topic and will feature three speakers per panel. The conference committee also welcomes submissions for panels.

Call for Papers Deadline – 1 October 2009
Submissions should include your name, institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 250 words (with relevant keywords listed), accompanied by a short 50–100 word biography about you and your research interests. Please email submissions to rhizomes by 1 October 2009.

For further information please visit our website www.uq.edu.au/rhizomes or email us: rhizomes@uq.edu.au.