"Narratives of Displacement" International Conference

28-29 October 2023 - London/Online

organised by

London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

Deadline for Submissions 15 June 2023 

The conference seeks to explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text. The conference will particularly focus on time and space representations and on treatment of the theme of cultural ambivalence and identity conflict. The subject of displacement will be regarded as both a migration, voluntary or forced, and a sense of being socially or culturally “out of place”.

Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • migrations and deportations (expatriation, expulsion, exile, etc.)
  • journeys, pilgrimages, missions
  • mobility and place
  • rootlessness and taking root
  • foreignness and indigeneity
  • (re)settlement and (non)residence
  • nomadism and place attachment
  • hotels, guesthouses, shelters
  • multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism
  • strangerhood and neo-cosmopolitanism

Submissions may be proposed in various formats, including:

  • Individually submitted papers (organised into panels by the committee)
  • Panels (3-4 individual papers)
  • Posters

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different fields. We invite proposals from various disciplines including history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, culture studies, media studies, political science, law, architecture, tourism, religious studies, literature, linguistics, psychology, etc.

Proposals up to 250 words should be sent by 15 June 2023 to: displacement@lcir.co.uk. Download Paper proposal form

Registration fee (online participation) – 90 GBP

Registration fee (physical participation) – 150 GBP

Provisional conference venue: Birkbeck College, University of London


Graphic Medicine
The Center for Biographical Research is thrilled to announce that “Graphic Medicine,” a special issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (volume 44, numbers 2 & 3) and a book published by University of Hawaiʻi Press, has been nominated for an Eisner Award! 


Named for comics artist Will Eisner, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the most prestigious form of recognition for excellent publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. Graphic Medicine has been nominated in the category of "Best Academic / Scholarly Work."


·  Bandits, Misfits, and Superheroes: Whiteness and Its Borderlands in American Comics and Graphic Novels, by Josef Benson and Doug Singsen (University Press of Mississippi)

·  Graphic Medicine, edited by Erin La Cour and Anna Poletti (University of Hawai’i’ Press)

·  How Comics Travel: Publication, Translation, Radical Literacies, by Katherine Kelp-Stebbins (Ohio State University Press)

·  The LGBTQ+ Comics Studies Reader: Critical Openings, Future Directions, edited by Alison Halsall and Jonathan Warren (University Press of Mississippi)

·  Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels. By Tim Smyth (Routledge)

For a full list of the 2023 Eisner Awards Nominees, click here!


You can find Graphic Medicine on Project Muse and as a book by the University of Hawai‘i Press.


In Graphic Medicine, comics artists and scholars of life writing, literature, and comics explore the lived experience of illness and disability through original texts, images, and the dynamic interplay between the two. The essays and autobiographical comics in this collection respond to the medical humanities’ call for different perceptions and representations of illness and disability than those found in conventional medical discourse. Edited by Erin La Cour and Anna Poletti, the collection expands and troubles our understanding of the relationships between patients and doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers, and family members, considering such encounters in terms of cultural context, language, gender, class, and ethnicity. By treating illness and disability as an experience of fundamentally changed living, rather than a separate narrative episode organized by treatment, recovery, and a return to “normal life,” Graphic Medicine asks what it means to give and receive care. Contributors include comic artists and essayists Safdar Ahmed, John Miers, Suzy Becker, Nancy K. Miller, Jared Gardner, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, JoAnn Purcell, Susan Squier and Erin La Cour.