Call for Papers

Margins Interdisciplinary Conference
Clemson University
March 31, 2018

“Naming individuals as displaced (or “refugee” or “feebleminded”) is a way to mark them as other, and discursively binds them with narrative expectations of displacement.” - Katrina Powell, "Rhetorics of Displacement: Constructing Identities in Forced Relocations" (2012)

Displacement encompasses a vast array of human experiences. Bodies and identities are displaced in areas not limited to social, historical, political, and linguistic contexts. As a theme, displacement allows different research areas to converge and find commonality in marginalization and otherness. Displacement shuttles between the physical and metaphysical; it can be felt in the “real world” or felt only in mind or spirit. Displacements have persisted throughout history, including the displacement of women in the workplace, colonization, displacement through war, disability, or eminent domain. These practices continue, and displacement evolves, with the recent environmental displacement due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the repeal of DACA.

Along with the physical and metaphysical, displacement happens digitally, too. Digital spaces, as Siân Bayne and Jen Ross point out, are “highly volatile” and offer us “new and potentially radical ways of communication, representing and constituting knowledge and selfhood.” The creation of the digital self and identity online allow for spaces to be constructed, and people to be included or excluded from certain activities.

At Margins, we are seeking to explore the ways in which displacement impacts, influences, and complicates our understanding of human life, media, politics, the environment, technology, and education. As displacement is perpetual, we welcome proposals that can look to the past, present, or future. We list questions for consideration below, but do not feel limited by them. Displacement crosses margins, borders, and has no boundaries. As such, we are looking for conversations that cross the margins, borders, and boundaries of disciplines and experiences.

We welcome individual paper or poster presentations, panels, or digital/multimodal compositions related to our theme of displacement for presentation at Clemson’s 2018 Interdisciplinary conference, Margins. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words for individual or digital presentations and 300-500 words for panels. Submit abstracts to conference co-chairs Sarah Richardson (sshahno@g.clemson.edu) and Martha Karnes (mskarne@g.clemson.edu).

We encourage you to consider these questions: 1. Who is displaceable? 2. How does displacement work in private or public areas? 3. How do we accept or reject labels of displacement? 4. How does or should the law protect or not protect displaced individuals? 5. What role does identification play in displacement? How are identities displaced? 6. How do natural events displace us? How can we address this? Prepare for this? 7. How and why do disabilities displace? 8. What ways can and has displacement been used as a historical or social tool of exclusion/exile? 9. How does displacement cross physical, metaphysical, or digital boundaries? 10. Is it possible to avoid displacement? How might that happen? 11. Is displacement inherently negative or positive? 12. Where do displaced people go? What happens to these spaces? 13. What are examples of displacement in media and popular culture? How do these function as modes of displacement?

Interested in submitting to Margins? Visit the submissions page.