Call for Papers: Migrations: 3rd Croatian National Conference of English Studies, University of Zadar, Croatia, 18-19 November 2016

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Call for Papers
September 10, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Immigration & Migration History / Studies

Migrations: 3rd Croatian National Conference of English Studies
University of Zadar, Croatia, 18-19 November 2016
Deadline for proposals: 1th September 2016

Conference web page:

Call for Papers:

Venue: University of Zadar, Department of English; Address: Obala k. Petra Krešimira IV., 23000, Zadar, Croatia


  • HDAS branch, Zadar (Department of English, University of Zadar)
  • HDAS branch, Zagreb (Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb)

Plenary speakers:
– Literature and Culture:

  • Prof. Liliane Louvel (University of Poitiers), ESSE president
  • Prof. Pierre Lurbe (University of Paris-Sorbonne), SAES president

– Linguistics:

  • Prof. Minna Pallander-Collin (University of Helsinki), FINSSE president
  • Prof. Lieven Buysse (University of Brussels), BAAHE president

Migrations have always been an important influence on human history, society, and social change, across different historical periods and various contexts. They can be rural, urban, and suburban or national and international, external or internal, forced or voluntary, permanent or temporary, organized or spontaneous, and seasonal. Due to the diverse causes and effects of contemporary migrations, the research into issues raised by migration phenomena encompasses various scientific disciplines and methods. Different academic skills and methodological approaches used in research on migrations produce different scientific results.
Postcolonial research into British culture, colonial literature, and sociolinguistic issues of language contact (e.g. pidgin and creole languages), has for a long time occupied an important position in the study of English. However, new migration phenomena that appeared in the 20th century raise new research questions on the impact of migrations on culture and language. After the waves of migration set off by colonial expansion and imperial conquest subsided, the new political developments in the 20th century set in motion new migration flows in Europe, and across the world. Massive waves of migration have been set off by World War II due to the totalitarian politics which excluded anyone perceived as a threat to the national ideology. New forms of migration have also been triggered by the contemporary political scene which is on the one hand marked by globalization, and on the other hand by new political tendencies which strive to unite the European countries into a single state – the European Union. Contemporary migration trends are accounted for by the crumbling of the modern nation-state, and the establishment of new transnational communities. The fluidity of national and cultural boundaries became increasingly important with respect to global terrorism and war on terror. The new economic climate grounded in liberal capitalism and free market economy encourages economic migration. In addition, the last two years have been marked by the migrant crisis set in motion by numerous armed conflicts in the Middle East.  Migrations remain an important part of English studies, both within the postcolonial paradigm of imperial conquest and colonization, as well as with respect to contemporary migration issues.
The aim of the HDAS conference of English studies is to initiate research into the impact of migrations on English language and literature, in various historical periods, and from diverse perspectives. What is the impact of globalization on national communities? Does the weakening of national identities, often related to nationalism, necessarily imply the creation of more democratic communities? Can we talk of local cultures and communities, or does transnationalism involve a complete loss of identity? What are the implications of the counter-terrorist policies introduced after 9/11?  How does literature respond to the trauma of exile? What is the status of English language in the global world?  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • migrations and age groups
  • migrations of human communities
  • emigrant and immigrant communities
  • nomadism as identity
  • migrations and the melting pot phenomenon
  • gendered migration across history
  • migrations and national and international politics
  • invisible migrations
  • class migrations
  • migrations and colonialism
  • migrations and the E/empire
  • migrations and nationalism
  • global terrorism and war on terror
  • migrations and the media
  • the role of new technologies in migration prevention
  • migrations and migration spaces (e.g. imperial metropolis vs. the colonies)
  • migrant networks (formal and informal)
  • planned and spontaneous migrations
  • migration and religion
  • economic, business, and trade migration
  • transmigration or palingenesis
  • migration and migrant biographies
  • trauma and exile literature
  • migrations and the myth of origin
  • literature and nostalgia
  • migrations and travelogues
  • intercultural theatrepageants, touring theatres, and theatre festivals
  • inclusion and exclusion and migration
  • language contact and migrations
  • multilingualism and multiculturalism and migration
  • tourist migrations and language
  • chain migrations
  • learning and teaching English as a second language (ESL) and migrations

Organizing Board: Ivo Fabijanić, Lidija Štrmelj, Vesna Ukić-Košta, Anna Martinović, Martina Domines Veliki, Irena Zovko Dinković, Stela Letica, Krevelj, Slavica Troskot, prof., Emilija Mustapić, mag., Monika Bregović, prof., Frane Malenica, mag., Dino Dumančić, mag.


  • sessions on Migrations
  • roundtable: English Studies in Croatia – the present and the future
  • annual HDAS convention

Conference fee:

  • presenters (and authors) and roundtable participants – members of HDAS: 200,00 kn; non-HDAS members: 300,00 kn
  • listeners – members of HDAS: 150,00 kn; non-HDAS members: 200,00 kn
  • graduate and doctoral students – members of HDAS: 50,00 kn; non-HDAS members: 100,00 kn

Language (abstracts, papers, presentations): English;
(roundtable and annual convention): Croatian, English

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