Atlantic Communities: Translation, Mobility, Hospitality

The Universidade de Vigo, Spain will be hosting an international conference entitled ‘Atlantic Communities: Translation, Mobility, Hospitality’ on 17-18 September 2015. Co-organised by the Universidade de Vigo, the Universidade do Porto and the Queen’s University Belfast, confirmed keynote speakers of the event are Michael Cronin from Dublin City University and Charles Forsdick  from the University of Liverpool.

The conference seeks to bring together scholars from across the social sciences and the humanities in order to suggest new ways of thinking about what binds and what separates the communities and individuals that inhabit the complex social and cultural spaces on both sides of the Atlantic. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The Atlantic as an itinerary rather than a bounded site
  • The movement of people and ideas
  • Enforced migration and its consequences
  • Trans/Atlantic journeys and translational processes
  • Cultural exchange and encounter: contact, transfer and transformation
  • Representations in transit: the Atlantic in writing, images and sounds
  • ‘The rumble of tongues’: linguistic exchanges around/across the Atlantic
  • The tracing of an Atlantic identity: Atlantic communities and national/political organisation

300-word abstracts for twenty-minute papers that address these broad concerns are invited to be sent to The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2015. Accepted proposals will be notified by 28 February 2015.