Call for Papers: Liminal Existences and Migrant Resistances, Marquette University, March 20-21,2020

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2020
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Race Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Literature, Labor History / Studies
Call for Papers: Liminal Existences and Migrant Resistances

AEGS Conference at Marquette University, sponsored by the Marquette Forum, the English Department, and the Center for Transnational Justice

March 20-21, 2020

because we have drowned many at a time
and left our bodies burning, or swollen, or bleeding
and purple—this kind of language we know,
naming new things into our invisibility
and this, we too, call home.

-Mahtem Shifferaw 1

In Migrancy, Culture, Identity, Iain Chambers describes migrancy as that which involves “a dwelling in language, in histories, in identities that are constantly subject to mutation. Always in transit, the promise of a homecoming—completing the story, domesticating the detour—becomes an impossibility. History gives way to histories.”2 However, Chambers in addition to various other scholars, namely Edward Said and Sara Ahmed, argue that migrancy is not defined solely by the movement between different geographies, but located in the power relations produced by transnational affiliations which dictate inclusion and exclusion, belonging, and access. The ways in which these dynamics function has become of extreme relevance and importance to our contemporary world. It is therefore the goal of this conference to engage scholars, students, and community members in an examination of the transnational and transdisciplinary boundaries affecting issues of access and equity in our contemporary society. We encourage various types of engagements with our theme of liminality, migrancy, and transnationalism, including (but not limited to) an engagement with:

  • Transnational fluidity and mobility
  • Migration and borderlands
  • transnational cultural productions and literary reception
  • decolonial epistemologies
  • nationalism and nation-states
  • law and migration
  • globalization
  • academia and equity
  • gendered embodiment and identity
  • sexuality and agency
  • race and intersectionality 
  • capital and the distribution of wealth
  • access and affect (broadly defined to include fear, humor, sadness, compassion, or empathy)
  • religion/spirituality and individual or collective forms of identification
  • the boundaries between literary or cultural genres
  • visual representations of migrancy in film and popular culture
  • language and linguistic hybridity
  • health and access


We invite traditional paper presentations in addition to non-traditional panels, papers-in-progress, workshops, creative works (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction), or original short films. Please submit a 250 to 500 word abstract or description of your project to Ibtisam Abujad at by January 15, 2020.




[1] Originally published in Poem-a-Day on March 16, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

[2] Chambers, Iain. Migrancy, Culture, Identity, London: Routledge, 2008.