RHOME 2014


University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES)
Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon
13—14 November 2014


The first Symposium on Representations of Home in English-Speaking Literatures and Cultures asks questions about how personal and communal identities have been represented and negotiated in countries that were once part of the British Empire. In recent decades, the political architecture of ‘home’ has been reconfigured in many of these countries, from Canada’s 1988 Multiculturalism Act, to post-apartheid South Africa’s constitution, post-1998 Peace Agreement Ireland, and the official apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples (2008). Indeed, the same can be said for the United States in the wake of the civil rights movement, and for post-imperial and post-devolution Britain.

If empire-building, decolonisation and subsequent social and political upheavals involved voluntary and involuntary migrant flows, how have they (re)shaped notions of home and belonging? In a globalised world of unequal migration policies, growing interdependence, and instant interconnectivity, is home here and/or elsewhere? Does it reside in the past, in a backward movement in time and space, in an ‘imaginary homeland’ of sorts, or is home a movement toward the future? Is it a static unified concept, or a place in the making? How have literature and the visual arts articulated and contributed to changing social and cultural experience? Concurrently, how do literary and culture studies map such shifts and changes? How are ‘home’ and ‘elsewhere’ played out in how we engage with our object of study?

We will be discussing how these and the following issues are addressed in different parts of the English-speaking world:

  • Home and language
  • Home and place
  • Home and conflict
  • Home and the body
  • Imaginary homelands
  • Home and spirituality
  • Home/lessness and (be)longing
  • Home and identity

Provisional programme: 15 July 2014

Final programme: 15 October 2014

Organising Committee: Teresa Casal, Jean Page, Luísa Falcão, Margarida Martins, Marijke Boucherie, Paula Horta, Sara Henriques, Zuzanna Sanches.


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