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Refuge, Asylum, and Reconstructions of Home and Homeland, Sec. 2

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Organizer: Mohammed Kadalah

Co-Organizer: R. Shareah Taleghani

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The past decade has witnessed the onset of several, converging refugee crises across the globe due to armed conflict, genocide, political oppression, or economic survival. Whether they are refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East who settled in Europe or refugees and asylum seekers from Central and South America who have attempted to settle in the US, those who have survived displacement and dispossession have created and developed new ethno-national  and multi-cultural communities and alternative cultures in, of, and through exile. Writers, artists, and filmmakers have produced works in a variety of media that interrogate and examine the process of being forced to leave home behind, the process of generating a sense of home in a novel geographical space, and the persistence of ties to one’s homeland. This seminar aims to bring together scholars in literary, film, and cultural studies exploring the following and related questions: how do specific forms of cultural production reconstruct the idea of home and/or homeland in and because of exile? how is both the individual and collective experience of exile and diaspora represented in different genres of literature (novels, memoirs, essays, short stories, poetry) and other artistic media? How is home—both the home lost and the home newly created out of the experience of forced migration—imagined, narrated, represented, made legible, and reconstructed? How is social and cultural mobility reflected in these forms of cultural production, especially among a younger generation? How do the writers imagine and recreate the intimacy and emotional geographies of home, including through the representation of tangible or physical objects and elements?  For questions and queries, please contact Mohammed Kadalah ( ) or R. Shareah Taleghani ( Please submit abstracts through the ACLA system by October 31, 2021.

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