SAUTE Conference 2021 "Migrations and Contacts"

The English Department is proud to host the 2021 SAUTE Conference, which will be conducted online. All interested parties are welcome to register. Participation is free.

The conference will be devoted to the topic of “Migrations and Contacts”. Over the last decade, public discourse on migration has been increasingly marked by a rhetoric of emergency and threat, as well as calls for a stricter policing of borders and the limitation of mobility. Against this current background, the 2021 SAUTE Conference will allow us to approach the issue of “Migrations and Contacts” from a historically and culturally comparative perspective.

Both the English language and Anglophone literatures provide ample and timely reminders of the crucial role crosscultural encounters and exchanges have played throughout history – from the invasions of the British Isles through the expansion of the English (later, British) Empire to contemporary multiculturalism in all parts of the Anglophone world, where the English language and Englishlanguage literature continue to diversify.

The conference will bring together contributions from the fields of linguistics and literary and cultural studies. In a workshoplike atmosphere, we hope to enable a fruitful exchange between scholars from all career stages who are currently working on thematically related projects.

“Migrations and Contacts” will feature two internationally renowned keynote speakers: geographer and poet Tim Cresswell (University of Edinburgh) and sociolinguist Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University of London).

The conference will be held on Zoom. To register (and receive the link and password), please send an email to SAUTE2021@es.uzh.ch by Friday, 30 April.