Call for Papers

We invite individual and joint proposals for 20 minute presentations (to be delivered in either English, Spanish or Portuguese). Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Abstracts should include name, affiliation, email address and A/V requirements (if any). The deadline for submissions is Friday 4th January 2013. Applicants will be contacted by Tuesday 12th January 2013.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Media representations of contemporary migrants, both those arriving to and those migrating from Hispanic and Lusophone countries.
  • Migrants in literature and film, both as objects and subjects of representation (as literary/film characters, and as authors/directors).
  • (Economic) migrants versus (political) exiles: Is this distinction still valid and useful today? Or is the dividing line between these categories becoming blurred, given the close interdependency of politics and economics? In other words: should the economic exclusion driving migrants be seen as a form of political violence and repression?
  • Survival and/or re-packaging of old migration myths and clichés for contemporary consumption: are these recycled narratives useful in any way, or do they obscure the reality and diversity of contemporary migrants’ experiences?
  • The relationship between formation of migrant identities and the emergence of nationalist discourses/consecration of the nation-state in our political imaginarium.
  • (Re-)emergence of xenophobic and racist discourses, particularly during periods of economic uncertainty.
  • Emergence of new transnational and/or diasporic identities.
  • The role of the internet (expat forums, journals/blogs, access to home media such as newspapers and TV programmes) in the maintenance of migrants’s national identities abroad, or alternatively, its role in the construction of more porous transnational identities.


Further information

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at the above address.

We intend to make as many as possible of the papers presented widely available through publication, either in digital or conventional format.

There is no admission fee. Due to the limited funding available, the conference organisers are unable to provide financial assistance to cover accommodation expenses but a limited fund of travel bursaries may be available for speakers. Those interested in applying should explain in maximum 350 words how their participation in the conference would advance scholarly research, as well as their own research and future academic career together with an estimated break down of costs in a separate attached Word document.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you at King’s College.