CFP: Language & Migration (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: Language and Migration: Experience and Memory, MAY 7-9, 2020, New York City and Princeton University. Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Migration Lab: People and Cultures across Borders, Princeton University and The Study Group on Language and the United Nations announce a collaborative symposium on “Language and Migration: Experience and Memory” MAY 7-9, 2020.

  • Part I, New York City: Thursday May 7 to Friday May 8, noon, will consider how language affects the experiences of permanently or temporarily settled refugees and migrants, those in transit, and the larger population around them. Keynote Speaker: Ingrid Piller, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

  • Part II, Princeton University:  Friday evening May 8 to Saturday, May 9, evening, will focus on memory in the cultural work of migrants and immigrants. Keynote Speaker: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer.

Language is a vital, but underexplored, factor in the lives of migrants, immigrants and refugees. It has a direct impact on the experiences and choices of individuals displaced by war, terror, or natural disasters and the decisions made by agents who provide (or fail to provide) relief, services, and status. Distilled through memory, it shapes the fictions, poems, memoirs, films and song lyrics in which migrants render loss and displacement, integration and discovery, the translation of history and culture, and the trials of identity.

This interdisciplinary, international symposium on Language and Migration will examine the role of language in the lives and works of migrants.