Narratives of Displacement

International Conference

23-24 September 2016 – Warsaw, Poland

organised by Interdisciplinary Research Foundation


Institute of Humanities, Szymon Szymonowic State School of Higher Education, Zamość, Poland


Keynote speaker: Prof. Wojciech Nowicki, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (Poland)

This 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.

The language of the conference is English. A selection of papers will be published in a collected volume.

Proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent to:                   displacement@irf-network.org. The submission deadline is extended till 30 June, 2016.

Download paper proposal form.

Full registration fee – 150 €         Student registration fee – 115 €

Conference venue: As-Bud Conference Centre, Al. Jerozolimskie 81, Warsaw