Travelling between the Centre and Periphery: Creating a Feminist Dialogue for the Diaspora
Friday 11th July 2014, University of Warwick
Keynote speaker: Professor miriam cooke (Duke University)
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The provisional programme is now available and abstracts will be uploaded to the website in due course:
Registration is £15, or £10 to students/Warwick staff; please complete the form below and return it no later than Monday 7th July to the address given.
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About the conference:
In recent years, discussions of travel narratives have examined the creation of the diaspora, highlighting themes of loss and exile using the centre-periphery framework. This symposium seeks to develop discussions through a focus on feminism in travel narratives, examining how centre-periphery discourses are complicated, challenged, subverted, or reinforced through gendered accounts of migration, ethnicity, identity conflicts and political connections. The Symposium will explore how migration and diaspora formations are gendered to develop a centre-periphery narrative which juxtaposes traditional and conventional discourses often associated with the marginalised experience. Questions to be addressed include: how does travel through forced or voluntary migration create new opportunities to liberate or oppress women? How do women of different socio-cultural and historical locations/parameters formulate their relationship to feminism? We also invite papers to reflect anew on the “centre” and “periphery”. Where (if anywhere) are they located and what is at stake in mapping these spaces today? What does peripheral status imply? How can we re-imagine the centre-periphery dynamic for the current age?