Call for Papers - At Home in Empire: Colonial Experiences of Intimacy and Mobility
At Home in Empire seeks to approach the home as both a material reality and imagined space, bringing these different conceptualizations together to discuss both the intimacies and mobilities at the heart of the imperial experience. Our core themes are intended to centre the role of relationships, from the familial to the romantic, and ask how transnational connections are woven into practices of homemaking. The home could be considered as a site of resistance but also a space marked by colonial violence and racism. Evoking notions of belonging complicated by mobility and migration, the lived realities of home might challenge dominant discourses and highlight the messiness of everyday life. Developing interdisciplinary discussions on gender, race and migration, At Home in Empire will offer new insights into how homes were made and remade across colonial and post-colonial settings.
We particularly encourage papers that envisage home as a space that disrupts the binary of metropole and periphery, and could itself be a disruptive space. Participants will be drawn from a range of disciplines with interests spanning, but not restricted to, the fields of history, literature, geography, sociology, gender studies, queer studies and the heritage sector. We invite proposals of up to 300 words for papers of 20 minutes, submitted with a short biography to email@example.com by 5pm on Monday 12th October 2020.
Please note: this event may be held as an online conference due to the Covid 19 situation.