Revised CfP & extended deadline (30 Jan): Borders and Borderlands, Durrell Library of Corfu, Greece: 20-24 MAY 2020

CORFU, GREECE – 20-24 MAY 2020
Durrell Library of Corfu
revised, and extended deadline (30 January)


Selected contributions will be published by the Durrell Library in association with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Spring 2021

The vulnerability, mutability and even the existence of borders in politics, cultural identity, cybernetics, psychology and linguistics are increasingly under scrutiny. This symposium will convene experts in these fields on an island in the Balkans on the cusp of many histories, many identities, many futures


Diarmaid Ferriter (professor of history, University College, Dublin; author of The Border:   The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics)

Christian Henderson (professor of Middle East Studies, University of Leiden)

Kapka Kassabova (author of Border: a Journey to the Edge of Europe)
Ian MacNiven, biographer of Lawrence Durrell and James Laughlin

Borders are spatial, conceptual, spiritual and psychological; they shape the dynamics of identity, community, and governance. As a construct of history, psychology, law and politics, borders give rise to concepts of transition and rites of passage.This symposium provides an opportunity to discuss the context of the UK-Irish border and Brexit, the Greek-Turkish land and sea borders and the refugee crisis, and the US-Mexico border issue.

Having received proposals focussing on physical borders, border-crossings and the role of the diaspora, WE ARE NOW ANXIOUS TO ATTRACT PROPOSALS in the field of PSYCHOLOGY, TRANSLATION, the “WRITER-AS-EXILE”, and the CONCEPT OF THE BORDER as  METAPHOR. Proposals addressing narrative strategies, film and social theory are particularly welcome.

The symposium dates include 21 May, the anniversary of “enosis”, when the Ionian Parliament voted in 1864 to undertake a border-crossing by joining the state of Greece; participants will have the opportunity to witness the traditional celebrations of this historic transitus.

We welcome submissions of 20-30 minutes’ duration (2000-3000 words).

Proposals (one page, supported by a CV), should reach us
no later than 30 January 2020
The fee for participation (including all symposium sessions, documentation and receptions, but exclusive of travel and accommodation) is
200 euros per person.

A discounted fee of
175  euros applies to all reservations before 28 February 2020.

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