Cfp: Movement(s) and Mobility symposium

Call for papers: “Movement(s) and Mobility”: Gender Studies Symposium 2017, jointly sponsored by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Australian National University (ANU) and University of South Australia (UNISA).

This gender studies symposium will take place at NTU on June 2 & 3, 2017
Contact person: Wernmei Yong Ade

“Movement(s) and Mobility” is a Gender Studies Symposium that seeks to glean the intersections between gender, movement(s) and mobility, to suggest ways in which these intersections might challenge or subvert existing power-asymmetries in the production of individual agencies, gender identities and ideologies. Understood most readily as physical motion between points in space, movement is thus both relational and relative, whose point of reference can potentially be decentered. Mobility, on the other hand, refers to the conditions that enable movement, a paradigm that begs questions of representation and language.

Unsurprisingly then, movement and mobility have deep connections with gender, the latter being a concept far from static or fixed; as construct, gender is itself highly mobile and often implied in issues of mobility.

As such, this symposium is also keen to examine the how the intersections between gender, movement(s) and mobility might give rise to new shifts in the way gender is constituted, essentially rethinking gender and its significance in the context of rapid global change and movement. This symposium is primarily interested in, but certainly not limited to, examining these intersections in the following:

Technology and augmented movement; Political and activist movements; Transnational literary representations of movement and mobility; Travel narratives; Performance and performance art; Virtual and imagined movement; Immigration and emigration; Displacement, refugees, and asylum; Trauma Studies; Disability Studies; Ethics, inter-relational capacities; Ability, agency, and accessibility; Daily mobility; Social, political, and economic movement and mobility; Collective and mass movement; Movement between urban and rural spheres.

Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words for 20 minute presentations to no later than March 31, 2017 to be considered.
Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of submission deadline. Please also include a short biography of approximately 50 words.

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