2017 Narratives of Displacement

International Conference

“Roots and Routes: The Modern Quest for (Im)Mobility”


18 February 2017 – London, UK

organised by Interdisciplinary Research Foundation


The conference seeks to explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text. The conference will particularly focus on time and space representations and on treatment of the theme of cultural ambivalence and identity conflict. The subject of displacement will be regarded as both a migration, voluntary or forced, and a sense of being socially or culturally “out of place”.

Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • migrations and deportations (expatriation, expulsion, exile, etc.)
  • journeys, pilgrimages, missions

  • mobility and place

  • rootlessness and taking root

  • foreignness and indigeneity

  • (re)settlement and (non)residence

  • nomadism and place attachment

  • hotels, guesthouses, shelters

  • multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism

We also welcome poster proposals that address the conference theme.

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different fields. We invite proposals from various disciplines including history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and literature.

Proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent to: displacement@irf-network.org.

Download paper proposal form.

Registration fee – 100 GBP

Please register here.

Download final programme.

Conference venue: Monticello House, 45 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4JP, UK