Salta ai contenuti. | Salta alla navigazione

Home Ricerca Convegni On the move: sites of change, states of insecurity

On the move: sites of change, states of insecurity

AIA Seminar 2018 - 17-19 May 2018

Logo AIA


The University of Macerata is proud to host the 2018 seminar of AIA - Associazione Italiana di Anglistica

The seminar will take place on 17-19 May 2018 and will focus on the themes of displacement and movement.

Travel, discovery, exile, exodus, diaspora, migration, desertion, banishment, imprisonment, eviction, discovery, dislocation, escape: the forms of displacement with which literary (and non-literary) texts engage are manifold. The notion of ‘movement’ is one of the oldest and most enduring literary preoccupations. From the quest narratives of the ancient world, to twenty-first-century imaginative explorations of mobility, displacement (broadly defined) and its correlates have retained a prominent place in the interrelated histories of literary themes and genres, cultural formations and linguistic innovations.

The seminar will feature three plenary speakers - John McCourt (University of Macerata), Federico Federici (University College London) and Christina Schäffner (Aston University) - as well as invited talks and selected short presentations by early career scholars from the international and national research community.

Suggested topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:

- Transformation, renewal and change
- Representations of ‘self’ and ‘other’
- Geographical and social mobility
- Voyages of the mind
- Scenes of crisis, states of insecurity
- Vagrants, migrants, refugees
- Story-telling, memory and displacement
- Gendered configurations of space and motion
- Progress and its discontents
- Narratives of difference and belonging
- Identities on the move

We welcome proposals that focus on any historical period, from a literary or non-literary perspective.
Papers dealing with these or similar topics from the perspective of translation, media reporting, mediation and interpreting studies are also welcome, particularly for the Special session on "Constructing and revising narratives of migration".

See the full Call for papers here.

NEW: Download the Final programme.

Registration: standard registration € 60; reduced fee (PhD students, research fellows / assegnisti di ricerca and untenured lecturers) € 50. The fee, which is meant to cover part of the organisational costs, includes: seminar attendance, coffee breaks, wine reception. Download the registration form and send it back to by April 30th, 2018.

The social dinner will take place on Friday 18th at La Volpe e l'Uva (25€). If you would like to attend, please remember to tick the relevant box on the registration form.

Scientific and Organizing Committee: Sara Castagnoli, Silvana Colella, Elena Di Giovanni, Raffaela Merlini, Gill Philip.
For further information, please write to

(last update: 23 April 2018)


  • The seminar venue is located right in the town centre. As May is usually a busy period in Macerata, we recommend you book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
  • For information about travel, accommodation and a city map, visit the Tourist information webpage of the Municipality of Macerata.