Home(s), Borders and Transgressions
The First Conference of the Inter-American Research Center
Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged
November 16-17-18, 2017
Inter-American Research Center, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged.
The Center of Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged
English and Spanish
Call for Papers
From early times on, the concept of the border and home in the Americas was continuously changing, denoting sometimes ephemeral boundaries and temporary locations. Throughout history, the westward expansion in the U.S.A. as well as the wars of independence in Central and South America relativized the concept of dividing lines and homes, respectively. With time, the geographical boundaries of the continent’s countries together with the politically symbolic demarcations gained additional meanings and while in some cases borderlines emphasized actual separation between states, in other cases they pointed only at the historical heritage of a given region. Moreover, geographic, political, economic and cultural borders both separate and connect American countries; the transnational migration tendencies of the 20th and 21st centuries show that the home-searching process still goes on with the peoples of the Americas finding their new habitats within the same continent―but in another country. Nevertheless, the peoples of the Americas stood and still stand in close connection with each other; Latin American nations and the society of the U.S.A. and Canada are in constant interaction having their past, present and future intertwined. Our conference is seeking answers and possible solutions to several questions related to the concept of border and home throughout a spectrum of disciplines including history, literature, theater, film and performance studies, linguistics, cultural history, digital and visual culture, ethnography, anthropology, migration and minority studies, etc. These questions involve, among many others, the following aspects: What does the concept of home denote in different countries of the Americas? Is it still relevant to talk about borders at all? Or of homes in the American context? Or should we formulate other concepts in rethinking the issue of boundaries, borders, frontiers, demarcation and crossings? And what does Americanness mean in the context of homes and borders? What does it mean today to be American?
The goal of our Transnational Americas: Home(s), Borders and Transgressions conference is to bring together researchers and academics interested in various approaches involving the concepts of home and borders by providing a broad, multidisciplinary discussion on the topic. We aim to explore boundaries of different kinds involving migrations across geographical locations as well as the borderlands of identities and lives connected with the notion of home placed in a transnational, inter-American context.
The conference is organized in memory of Prof. Dr. Ádám Anderle, Professor Emeritus of history, one of the most outstanding hispanists of Central Europe and founder of the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Szeged, who passed away last year.
For presentations and panel proposals, an abstract of around 100 words (in English or in Spanish) together with a short bio should be sent to the organizers at the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill in the online Registration Form at
In matters other than registration, abstract submission and information provided on the conference website please contact the organizing team at: email@example.com. Also, feel free to contact members of the organizing team, Dr. Eszter Katona (Spanish; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Katalin Jancsó (English and Spanish; e-mail: email@example.com) és Dr. Andrea Kökény (English: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts:
March 15, 2017.
Will be issued by May 1, 2017.
The registration fee includes the cost of the conference folder, coffee and small snacks during the breaks and the reception. Further details about the cost, location and the menu will be provided in a circular at a later time.
“Early Bird” registration fee, before June 15, 2017: 12,000 FT (or 40 EUR)
“Regular” registration fee, after July 15, 2017: 15,000 FT (or 50 EUR)
MA and doctoral students: 9,000 FT (or 30 EUR)
Bank account transfer: Please transfer your payment to the account below with “Your Name and CENTRO 2017 Conference” clearly indicated in the “notice” box.
Name and address of bank: CIB Bank, 1027 Budapest, Medve u. 4-14
Bank account number (for the transfer in Forints): 107000626899418751100005
BIC (SWIFT) CODE: CIBHHUHB
IBAN CODE: HU08107000626899418751100005
Bank account holder: Hispanisztika Alapítvány, 6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34,
Please note that the cost of the bank transfer is at your side.
We look forward to seeing you in Szeged!