Representations of Home 3: “Where do we carry home now?” Shifting perceptions of home - 2020 RHOME Conference

Country: Portugal

City: Lisbon

Abstr. due: 15.04.2020

Dates: 22.10.20 — 23.10.20

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies


The RHOME — Representations of Home in Literature and Culture in English project, based at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES), explores representations of home and the longing to belong, as they feature in literature, the visual arts and culture. It also addresses issues of identity and belonging related to the geo-political and socio-cultural contexts of countries where English is or has become a language of communication.

In a world faced with climate challenges, migration and the resurgence of populist nationalisms, glocal responses need to be explored. The project, therefore, engages with the notion of home as multi-layered, ranging from (in)voluntary migration and exile, war and conflict, trauma, demographic evolution and climate change to the remembered, imaginary and desired home. The search for place(s), space(s) or communit(ies) of belonging may be the reason for relocation or dislocation, at the individual or group level, and for the emergence of divergent and changing meanings attached to these locations. In this process, questions arise on the shifting perceptions of home: how does one inhabit the home of an inhospitable host? How does one inhabit one’s changing body? How does one live in a foreign language? How do humans relate to the non-human?

For the next RHOME conference, which will take place in Lisbon on 22 and 23 October 2020, we invite contributions on the general theme of representations of home in literatures and cultures in English.

Possible topics to consider within this theme:

Home and (non)belonging
Home and utopia/dystopia
Home and (dis)location
Home and migration
Home and exile
Home and the refugee crisis
Home and nationalisms
Home and the body
Home and violence
Home and language
Home and travelling
Home and nature
Home and demographic and climate change
Home and the Anthropocene
Imaginary homes/homelands
Home and identity
Genres of testimony
Home, emotion and memory

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