'The Crossing Boundaries: Languages, Culture and Migration' Symposium will be held at UQ St Lucia Campus on 28-29 November 2019. The symposium will explore multilingual and multicultural texts, films, art, the classroom, and daily lives, and to understand these spaces in terms of "transcultural" or "translanguaging" practices. By bringing together scholars of diverse fields of study and diverse language and cultural disciplines, we hope to elucidate the powers and pitfalls of translanguaging. 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Hiromi Itō - an internationally acclaimed Japanese poet who has won a number of prestigious literary awards since the late 1970s. She spent two decades in USA before returning to Japan, where she is Professor of literature at Waseda University. She has appeared in numerous international poetry festivals, conferences and workshops.

Associate Professor Natalie Edwards - from University of Adelaide, an expert in translanguaging in Francophone migrant women’s writing. She is author and editor of many books and is currently leading an ARC Discovery Grant entitled “Transnational Selves: French Narratives of Migration to Australia.”

Associate Professor Alison Levine - from University of Virginia,, an expert in documentary who publishes on nation, space and boundaries. Her books include Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary and Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France.

Call for papers

Call for papers is now open.

Submissions due by 30 July 2019. For more information please click here.