[URBANTH-L] CFP: Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners: A Diversity and Recognition Project (Oxford)

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Tue Apr 7 00:14:43 EDT 2009

1st Global Conference
Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners
A Diversity and Recognition Project

Tuesday 22nd September - Thursday 24th September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers

This multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the crucial place that 
strangers, aliens and foreigners have for the constitution of self, 
communities and societies. In particular the project will assess world 
transformations, like phenomena we associate with the term 'globalisation', 
new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, 
as well as the impact they have on the conceptions we hold of self and 
other. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we 
warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which 
struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to forge a 
sense of self in rapidly changing contexts where it is no longer possible to 
ignore the importance of strangers, aliens and foreigners for our 
contemporary nations, societies and cultures.

Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following 

1. Transformations of Self
~ How is self interweaved with other? And the many ways in which self 
depends on other
~ Acknowledging the importance of strangers for our lives, for our sense of 
~ Recognising our dependence on aliens and foreigners for our communities, 
cities and towns, for our countries and nations

2. Boundaries, Communities and Nations
~ Who is a stranger? Aliens and foreigners to whom?
~ New migrants, new migratory flows and massive movements from peripheral to 
central countries
~ Assimilation, integration, adaptation and other forms of placing the 
responsibility of change on foreigners
~ What has happened to ideas like acceptance, hospitality and 

3. Economies, Institutions and Migrants
~ Labour migration as key for economic growth and prosperity
~ The politics of making aliens, foreigners and migratory labour 'invisible'
~ Global politics of money over people; new forms of global exclusion
~ Social movements, new rebellion and alternative globalisations

4. Art and Representations
~ Production and reproduction of cultural typing and stereotyping
~ The contested space of representing self and other, native and foreigner
~ Art, media and how to challenge the rigid constructions of art and culture
~ Fictions of strangers, stories of aliens, fables of foreigners: artistic 
constructions of otherness

5. Self (inevitably) linked to Other
~ De-centering selves; who am I if not the relation with others?
~ Thinking and acting with others in mind; orienting life inter-subjectively
~ Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of living recognising aliens and 
~ Bonds of care across boundaries of inequality and exclusion, ideologies 
and religions, politics and power, nations and geography

The 2009 meeting of Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners will run alongside a 
second of our projects on Hope - Probing the Boundaries and we anticipate 
holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers 
considering the problems or addressing issues of Hope, Strangers, Aliens and 

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be 
submitted by Friday 24th April 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the 
conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts 
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) 
body of abstract

E-mails should be entitled: Strangers Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special 
formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We 
acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do 
not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive 
your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for 
an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Alejandro Cervantes-Carson
Research Director,
Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
E-Mail: acc at inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher
Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
E-Mail: saf at inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Diversity and Recognition research projects, 
which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of 
Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different 
areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are 
innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this 
conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers 
may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy 

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are 
not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or 
subsistence.  For further details about the conference please visit: 

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