CFP: Seeking Refuge, King’s College London

Postgraduate Conference – CFP: Seeking Refuge, King’s College London, 23-24 May 2016

This conference focuses on literary expressions and interpretations of crisis, trauma, and seeking refuge. A fundamental human need, the urge to achieve safety is a thematically rich one for literature. Writing itself presents a means of seeking refuge for some; for others, the act of narration is linked to trauma, displacement or a sense of loss or absence. Through the figure of the refugee – not only the political but also the existential refugee -, concepts of borders and spaces are interrogated, and we welcome papers which interrogate the notions of both physical and psychological encounters.

Contributions from postgraduates working on literature, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective are warmly invited to investigate this theme of ‘seeking refuge.’ Abstracts from other disciplines which engage with literature are also welcome. Please see the CFP for more details.

Please send abstracts of no longer than 250 words along with a brief biographical note on the contributor(s) to seekingrefuge2016@gmail.com by 15 February 2016. Decisions will be communicated by 30 March 2016.