Moving Manchester Mediating Marginalities Glocal imaginaries conference
International Conference, 9-12 September 2009
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9 - 12 September 2009

Lancaster University, and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK

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GLOCAL IMAGINARIES is the closing conference of the AHRC-funded research project 'Moving Manchester: How the experience of migration has informed the work of writers in Greater Manchester from 1960 to the present'. The increasingly complex relationship between the local and the global has emerged as one of the defining characteristics of contemporary Manchester writing and it is also one that, we trust, will be of topical concern to researchers and writers throughout the world and across a wide range of disciplines.

With an interest in both the material and imaginative (re) configuration of location, mobility and migration in the early twenty-first century, the conference invites papers from colleagues working in the fields of geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, linguistics and history, as well as literature and creative writing, and the conference will be 'streamed' in such a way that delegates are able to participate either within, or across, disciplines. Inasmuch as the 'Moving Manchester' project itself has focused upon the work of contemporary writers, literature and the creative arts will be an integral feature of the conference programme and culminate in a 'creative arts' day in Manchester (Saturday 12 September) which will feature readings, performances and an exhibition.

Conference strands are expected to include: The Glocal City (Darien Rozentals); Re-Writing Space and Place ( Darien Rozentals); Queer G/localities (Jackie Stacey); G/local Mobilities (Allison Hui); G/local Diasporas (Lindsey Moore); G/local Economies (Sondra Cuban); Discourses of the G/local (Bethan Benwell); Moving Stories: Rewriting Space and Place; (Shirley Chew); Virtual Diasporas (Graham Meikle), Migration and Diaspora (Maggie O'Neill), The Black Atlantic (Alan Rice) and Gendering Diasporas (Anne-Marie Fortier).

The conference will begin at 2pm on Wednesday 9 September and end at 5pm on Saturday 12 September with an additional evening's entertainment in Manchester for those able to attend. We are expecting this event to attract upto 300 delegates and accommodation and full conference facilities will be provided. This will include transport to and from Manchester on Saturday 12 September.

We are delighted to report that we have received over 200 proposed papers from 35 countries

Many thanks to all those of you who have submitted papers and / or expressed interest in the conference -- it promises to be a truly international event!


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