‘Narratives of Forced Migration in the 20th and 21st centuries’ is an interdisciplinary three-day conference taking place at the Stirling Court Hotel. The conference is being organised by Dr Fiona Barclay and Dr Beatrice Ivey in the Division of Literature and Languages as part of the AHRC funded project on the French settlers of Algeria.
The programme includes keynote presentations by Professor Marianne Hirsch (Generation Postmemory, 2012), Professor Leo Spitzer (Ghosts of Home, 2010) and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (Placeless People, 2018).
On Monday 16th September, the conference will also host a screening of and Q&A about the very successful play, The Trojans, at the Macrobert Arts Centre. Written and performed in English and Arabic by a cast of Syrians who have resettled in Glasgow, the play blends their testimonies of war, displacement, and home with Euripides’s ancient anti-war tragedy.
This conference will welcome over 100 speakers working on diverse geographical and historical instances of forced migration from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It aims to illuminate the processes of movement, integration and commemoration that characterises these different trajectories. How do narratives by and about forced migrants use imaginative means to make sense of and represent their experiences and to construct post-migration identities?
You can find out more about the programme and register to attend on the project website.