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Moving Literary Geographies: Narrative Forms and Practices of Mobilities

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The purpose of this colloquium is to think about the ongoing reciprocal exchange between the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ and literary geographies. In particular, the event aims at interrogating the diverse ways in which the theories and methodologies triggered by the ‘mobility paradigm’ interact with literary geographies, including both texts and narrative practices. In our perspective, the focus on ‘mobilities’ suggests a move beyond the mere analysis of literary texts as representations, to read narratives as practices that encourage an unceasing critical movement; an open-ended engagement with the human and non-human worlds; an ongoing exploration of new mobile methodologies and forms of narrations (fictional/non-fictional, verbo-visual, cartographic). We foresee this as an opportunity to establish a network of scholars working across the disciplines, in the fields of literary geography and mobility. 


With ‘narrative forms and practices’ as a shared starting point, we welcome contributions related (but not limited) to:

  • State of the art of literary mobilities
  • Narrative creative methods (writing, storytelling etc.)
  • Narration of non-human mobilities
  • Fictional and non-fictional mobilities
  • Mobile maps and mappings
  • Mobile practices as generative of motion, routes, encounters and place
  • Im-mobilities/blockages, failures and disruptions
  • Collective and individual mobilities
  • Embodied mobility, privileged and excluded bodies
  • Virtual mobilities 
  • The temporalities and rhythms of mobility
  • Mobilization of affect and atmospheres
  • Infrastructures, systems, assemblages
  • Unsettling concepts of migration, diaspora, postcolonialism, non-Western experiences of  mobility
  • Interrogating distance and scale (global, planetary, home, bodies)
  • Moving through elements (water, air, earth, etc.)
  • Circuits of authorship and readership
  • Mobilities in comics and verbo-visual modes of expression.

Centre for the GeoHumanities Royal Holloway, University of London In collaboration with: Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobility and the Humanities DiSSGeA, University of Padova UNAM-United Kingdom Centre for Mexican Studies


One-Day Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


12th June 2019


Nattie Golubov UNAM, Mexico Giada Peterle DiSSGeA, Italy Veronica Della Dora RHUL, UK