Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities - A Conference about Migration, Connection, Heritage and Cultural Memory

Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities - A Conference about Migration, Connection, Heritage and Cultural Memory

Flinders University: Humanities Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange, the Centre for Research into New Literatures in English (CRNLE) and International Asia Pacific (FIAP).
Adelaide, Australia
From - Until
03.12.2007 - 05.12.2007
Bierbaum, Nena

This conference will examine issues of migration, transnational connection, displacement heritage, global space and cultural memory created by the movements of peoples between cultures in the modern world.

In the mass migrations of the last 200 years, millions of people have left their homelands and home cultures to settle in new places. Their motives have been many: the emigrant’s search for new opportunities, the gastarbeiter’s self-imposed exile, the refugee’s forced flight and the settler’s quest for trade, military advantage or fresh fields and pastures new have all shaped the great migrations of the modern period.

Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities will explore the cultural connections between homelands and new lands, and the complexities of reshaping cultural identities and shifting allegiances between cultures of departure and cultures of arrival.

The conference will have three main streams:
- The public policy stream will cover issues of economics, population, forced migration, security, ‘core values’, education and the managing of cultural impacts of migration.
- The history of migration stream will include sessions on pre- and post-World War Two migration, recent arrivals and diasporic communities.
- The Cultural Migration stream will include sessions on memory, writing, language, cultural maintenance and sustainability, and the plurality of migrant identities.

Conference themes/ Papers are invited on the following:
- The demographics of people flow: who moves where? and why?
- Forced migration in the Asia Pacific
- Cultural, political and economic factors shaping migration. How are connections made?
- Bordering the nation: migration and national security
- Transnationalism, citizenship and sovereignty
- Gender and generational issues in the migration experience
- Linguistics, diaspora and migration
- Settling down, settlement patterns and return migration
- Can multi-cultures and multi-ethnicities produce one nation?
- Multiculturalism
- Language maintenance in the new culture
- Foodways
- Migration, place and situated identities
- Connections with the new place and (re)negotiating with the old
- Home and Away: What is transferred from the home culture to the new culture? What cannot fit in the baggage?
- Imaginary homelands: life-writing, creative writing and film responses to the migration experience
- Unsettlement: the idea of the settler colony
- Cultural memory: heritage and exchange
- Transplanted cultures as tourist attractions
- Fusion, ‘cultural hybridity’, cosmopolitanism …

Guest speakers: The conference will feature plenary session addresses by leading international scholars in the field, as well as parallel presentations by researchers and policy-makers.

Proposals for panel sessions will be considered as well as abstracts for individual papers. Panel proposals should include a theme for the session, the names of all speakers, the titles of their papers, and a session summary of 250–300 words.

Abstracts of 250–300 words should be submitted for each paper, whether they are included in a panel session proposal or not. Where abstracts are intended for a proposed panel session, this should be indicated on the abstract.

Abstracts and session proposals should be sent to Nena Bierbaum, School of Humanities, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australian 5001, or by email to by 31 March 2007. All abstracts will be refereed.


Contact (announcement)

Nena Bierbaum
School of Humanities
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide
South Australia 5001
Tel: (+61 8) 8201 2578 or (+61 8) 8201 5137
Fax: (+61 8) 8201 3635