CfP "(Re)conceptualizing Displacement, April 13th - 14th, Johns Hopkins University
Travel grants and accommodation will be available for accepted participants.
We accept applications from graduate students in any discipline, and interested participants are encouraged to interpret the themes as broadly as possible. Papers might explore, for instance, the following questions and topics:
• How might attention to theories of space, place, ecology, race and gender be engaged in conceptualizations of displacement?
• How might we shift an understanding of displacement away from the movement of people across Cartesian space? Does the primacy of spatial mobility preclude us from considering the unequal possibilities for movement, status attainment, and dwelling?
• What are the limits/possibilities of existing typologies of displacement? How might typologizing displacement be bound up with national and regional politics of migration (i.e. the labeling of migrants as “bogus refugees” in Europe)? What, if any, are the differences between the figure of the migrants and the refugees? What are the political stakes of such a conceptual distinction?
• How might a reliance on an event-based understanding of displacement obscure the slow grind of violence or poverty as part of the ordinary? What is lost/gained in the vernacular of “refugee crisis?”
• What are the genealogies of our current conceptualizations of displacement and refugee status?
• How might specific methodologies, such as ethnography or nuanced statistical analysis, allow for different conceptualizations of displacement to emerge? How might an attention to the local or the particular trouble our understanding of displacement as a generalized concept?
The Conference invites both individual paper submissions and panel proposals from groups of four to six people. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the Organizing Committee with the subject heading “RIC Conference Abstract.” If you are submitting a panel proposal, please subject the heading “RIC Conference Panel” and attach a brief (200 word) proposal for the panel as well as abstracts for each panel participant. Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepted participants will be notified by Friday, February 16th.
When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether you would like to apply for travel assistance and justify the required amount in the body of your email.
We hope to see you in April. Please send any questions to email@example.com.