Postgraduate Conference – Seeking Refuge, King’s College London
10:00 23 May 2016 – 17:00 24 May 2016
Room K2.40, King’s College London – Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
The King’s College London Department of Comparative Literature warmly invites you to the ‘Seeking Refuge’ post-graduate conference. In a series of presentations by PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers and moderated by King’s academics, this two-day conference engages with literary expressions and interpretations of crisis, trauma, and seeking refuge. We are also joined by Dr. Norbert Bugeja (University of Malta) and Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia) as keynote speakers, presenting their take on ideas of seeking refuge.
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 notions of both physical and psychological encounters are explored.
Against the backdrop of one of the most significant recent migrant crises in the Middle East, and a new western economic crisis which has put into question the right of owning a house, the condition of homelessness, exile, and the need of refuge have become a prominent topic in our time. The experience of exile is not only experienced in the materiality of losing one’s own home, but it can also become an existential condition which can be manifested, for example, in the experience of domestic abuse of any kind.
Speakers will discuss varying subjects speaking to the theme of seeking refuge like poetic explorations of refuge, imagined landscapes of refuge, identity, archival and medical encounters, and the body.