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Home Away From Home

Seminar HOME II

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Published on Monday, March 11, 2019 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

After a first series of seminars called Home: Heaven and Hell that explored the relations of a subject to his places of origin in contemporary narratives, a next series of HOME will dwell on the reconstruction of an imagined home. What characterizes this new home that follows the wandering, exile or migration? This time under the title of Home Away From Home, a second series of seminars wishes to examine present-day literary and artistic representations of adopted spaces as to understand how these representations emerge in interaction with a subject who is confronted with a territorial quest that is coming to an end.

Announcement

Argument

After a first series of seminars called Home: Heaven and Hell that explored the relations of a subject to his places of origin in contemporary narratives, a next series of HOME will dwell on the reconstruction of an imagined home. What characterizes this new home that follows the wandering, exile or migration?

This time under the title of Home Away From Home, a second series of seminars wishes to examine present-day literary and artistic representations of adopted spaces as to understand how these representations emerge in interaction with a subject who is confronted with a territorial quest that is coming to an end.

At what point does this post-movement reappropriation of space starts to alter the very definition of "home" - if such a concept, a post-movement home is conceivable at all? Far away from the ideal or infernal family home, left behind, voluntarily or not, what kind of relationships does the subject have with this new place of (re-)settlement? To what extend are these relations constituent, formative or destabilizing, destructive for the individual? What kind of aesthetic, sensory or memory bonds does the subject establish with this residence that he tries to make his? What kind of arrangements does he make to both the physical or psychic spaces? What impact does his resettlement have on his new surroundings, organizational, social or ideological? And, finally, what kind of roles do literature and the arts play in the appropriation of a different kind of spatiality?

The focal point for this second series of seminars is the present-day literary and artistic imagination aiming for a new rootedness in an actual or desired place. Yet, the above-mentioned questions are merely indicative, and each of them requires the study of a precise corpus. As for the first edition of HOME, interdisciplinarity is strongly encouraged. All proposals from the fields of the humanities and social sciences are warmly welcomed.

Date and location

The seminars Home Away From Home will take place at Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (Monday 29/04) and at Université libre de Bruxelles (Tuesday 30/04). Working languages will be English and French. A publication of the proceedings will be considered.

Submission guidelines

Proposals in French or English should consist of: a title, an abstract of 200 words that clearly states the corpus studied, a critical bibliography and a 5 lines bio-bibliographic record mentioning name, institution of affiliation and e-mail address.

Proposals should be send to Seminaires.Home@ulb.ac.be

before 25 March 2019.

Organizing committee

  • Justine Feyereisen (ULB),
  • Rosanna Gangemi (ULB / Paris 3),
  • Dag Houdmont (ULB)
  • Matthieu Sergier (USL-B).

Under the academic responsibility of Dorota Walczak (ULB).

With the support of research centers Philixte (ULB) and Prospero. Langage, image et connaissance (USL-B).

Places

  • Université Saint-Louis (Monday 29/04) - Université libre de Bruxelles (Tuesday 30/04)
    Brussels, Belgium

Date(s)

  • Monday, March 25, 2019

Keywords

  • resettlement, adopted home, space, wandering, exile, migration, transit, limbo, identity quest

Contact(s)

  • Dag Houdmont
    courriel : Dag [dot] Houdmont [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

Information source

  • Dag Houdmont
    courriel : Dag [dot] Houdmont [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

To cite this announcement

« Home Away From Home », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 11, 2019, https://calenda.org/582539

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