Mobility is a major socio-political and economic dynamic in the history of humanity. It has become one of the hottest global issues that world societies are called to deal with, and many scholars have in fact been examining the phenomenon from different perspectives: from economy to social sciences, from history to psychology.

According to Stephen Greenblatt, mobility should be understood as a constitutive condition of culture (and literature), instead of its disruption. Human mobility, be it physical or of ideas, has contributed to the openness and complexity of today’s world, and any cultural and literary manifestation is, in its very essence, a product of relentless processes of intermixing and inter-exchanging.

While literature on the one hand narrates and represents experiences of mobility and migration, these experiences on the other hand have shaped and defined literature. Migration and mobility in literature also refer to linguistic and theoretical concepts (such as post-colonial theories) and are deeply intertwined with the concepts of memory, identity, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, diaspora etc.

Keynote speaker

Mara R. Wade. Photo: University of Illinois
M Wade. Photo: Univ. of Illinois

We are glad to welcome professor Mara R. Wade, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as our keynote speaker. Her teaching ranges from Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative and World Literature, Jewish Culture and Society, as well as Gender and Women’s Studies. She is also the principle investigator for Emblematica Online, an international digital humanities research project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

Professor Wade will deliver a speech entitled: Early Modern Networks: Dynastic Women at North German Courts.



  • 9.00 - 9.15 Welcome speech (Sonja Häussler)

Session 1 (chaired by Elisabeth Herrmann)

  • 9.15 - 9.45: Stefan Helgesson (English Department): World Literatures: A Research Programme
  • 9.45 – 10.15: Helena Bodin (Department of Culture&Aesthetics): Two Girls and Their Memories – Swedish and Russian Cultural Encounters
  • 10.15 – 10.45: Christophe Premat (Department of Romance Studies and Classics): A Journey Without Destination: The Meaningless Experience of Migration in "Dirty Feet" of Edem Awumey
  • 10.45 – 11.00: Coffee Break

Session 2 (chaired by Anders Cullhed)

  • 11.00 - 11.30: Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre (German Department): Northern Encounters: Early Modern German Travellers in Sweden
  • 11.30 – 12.00: Elina Druker (Department of Culture&Aesthetics): The Diminished Child. Exile and Homelessness in Children’s Literature
  • 12.00 - 12.15: Iain Sands (Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, PhD Candidate): Exile, Trauma, and National Division: A Short Review of North Korean Refugee Literature
  • 12.15 – 12.30: Serena De Marchi (Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, PhD Candidate): Migrating Resistance and  Dissident Mobility: The Experience of Liao Yiwu
  • 12.30 – 14.00: Lunch Break (Kräftan)

Session 3 (chaired by Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre)

  • 14.00 – 15.30: Keynote prof. Mara R. Wade (University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign): Early Modern Networks: Dynastic Women at North German Courts 
  • 15.30 – 16ish: closing up + mingle 

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