CFP: Crossroads and Terminals: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Journeys, Wanderings, and Travel, University of Virginia

Crossroads and Terminals:
An Interdisciplinary Forum on Journeys, Wanderings, and Travel

The University of Virginia
Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
March 30 - 31, 2018

At this pivotal time in history, we find ourselves at multiple crossroads: philosophical, psychological, cultural, linguistic, technological and historical. A question pertinent to our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world centers around the idea of exploration. What does it mean to be at home, and what value does traveling far from the familiar bring to our lives? Our journeys (both real, virtual, and imaginary) inevitably lead to crossroads. In a world that is rapidly shifting technologically, culturally, and politically, our understanding of home and the world outside is also shifting and expanding, calling for reassessments of our previously accepted notions.

This forum is devoted to expeditions, wanderings, travels to distant places, or to return journeys back home. Journeys can span ages, miles, go to imaginary places and to real locations. Crossroads invoke ideas of self, identity, culture, shifting perspectives, historical narratives. Furthermore, this is inherently an interdisciplinary forum - we aim to include presentations as broad and as detailed from all fields and specialties. We encourage papers in literature, politics, public policy, environmental science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, history, art and art history and area studies.

The UVA Slavic Forum is committed to promoting an atmosphere of interdisciplinary cooperation. Therefore, papers from various disciplines will be accepted. Creativity in interpreting the topic is encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

-Emigration, immigration, and refugees
-Travel journals, letters, collections
-Legends, fairy tales, and myths
-Past, present, future and turn of the century
-Intersection of culture, history, and art
-Crises of identity and paradigm shifts
-Politicized spaces and borders
-Environmental spaces and geography
-Maps, charts, and topography
-Liminality and transition

Submissions should be sent to uvaslavicforum2018@gmail.com by February 15th, 2018. Professors and graduate students welcome to apply.