12th June: Moving Literary Geographies Event


 Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Room 1-03 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3RF

The purpose of this colloquium is to think about the ongoing reciprocal exchange between the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ and literary geographies. In particular, the event aims at interrogating the diverse ways in which the theories and methodologies triggered by the ‘mobility paradigm’ interact with literary geographies, including both texts and narrative practices. In our perspective, the focus on ‘mobilities’ suggests a move beyond the mere analysis of literary texts as representations, to read narratives as practices that encourage an unceasing critical movement; an open-ended engagement with the human and non-human worlds; an ongoing exploration of new mobile methodologies and forms of narrations (fictional/non-fictional, verbo-visual, cartographic). We foresee this as an opportunity to establish a network of scholars working across the disciplines, in the fields of literary geography and mobility.

With ‘narrative forms and practices’ as a shared starting point, we would welcome contributions related (but not limited) to:

• State of the art of literary mobilities

• Narrative creative methods (writing, storytelling etc.)

• Narration of non-human mobilities

• Fictional and non-fictional mobilities

• Mobile maps and mappings

• Mobile practices as generative of motion, routes, encounters and place

• Im-mobilities/blockages, failures and disruptions

• Collective and individual mobilities

• Embodied mobility, privileged and excluded bodies

• Virtual mobilities

• The temporalities and rhythms of mobility

• Mobilization of affect and atmospheres

• Infrastructures, systems, assemblages

• Unsettling concepts of migration, diaspora, postcolonialism, non-Western experiences of mobility

• Interrogating distance and scale (global, planetary, home, bodies)

• Moving through elements (water, air, earth, etc.)

• Circuits of authorship and readership

• Mobilities in comics and verbo-visual modes of expression

If you want to present your current work-in-progress send a discussion topic of your interest in max. 150 words by March 31, 2019 to the following address: litmobilities@gmail.com

Download the poster LiteraryMobilities_CFP


Nattie Golubov (CISAN, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Giada Peterle (DiSSGeA, University of Padua)

Veronica della Dora (Royal Holloway, University of London)