Transnational Families, Transnational Novels

Transnational Families, Transnational Novels
12 July 2019, 9.00am - 13 July 2019, 8.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Room 243, Senate House (Friday) & Upper Hall, Student Central (Saturday)

*PLEASE NOTE*: Change of venue for Saturday

Friday 12 July:  Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Saturday 13 July: Upper Hall, 3rd Floor, Student Central, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

This is a 3 minute walk from Senate House (Malet Street side) 

This two-day conference will examine novels that depict transnational families. From Ian Watt to Joseph Slaughter, scholars of literature have understood the novel as a genre that emphasizes the formation of the individual in relation to a nation-state. However, in recent decades, the interconnectedness of the global market has provoked increased interest in literature that crosses national borders. The literary celebrity of Jhumpa Lahiri, Yaa Gyasi, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie denotes a widespread need for narratives that reflect our transnational reality, examining how, when, and why we cross borders.

This examination of transnational family novels will raise questions about the novel form: What can the novel genre tell us about how families are transformed by border crossings? How does a focus on transnational families affect novel structure? How do novels that focus on transnational families challenge the conventional wisdom that the novel genre privileges individual subjectivity?

As part of The Borders of Identity cycle of events


Friday 12 July

9:00  Registration / Coffee & Tea

9:30  Opening Remarks

10:00 Maria Roca Lizarazu: Beyond the Family (Novel)? Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s Politics and Poetics of Non-Belonging
Rehnuma Sazzad: Transnational Families and Lending Colour to Britishness in Andrea Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon 

12:00 Lunch (own arrangements)

14:00 Maureen Moynagh: Global Intimacies: The Transnational and the Domestic in Contemporary Fiction
Sigrid Thomsen: Mobilities of Chronology and Family in in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Julia Alvarez’ How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.

15:30 Coffee & Tea

16:00 Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy: Vietnamese Transnational Refugee Families: Flight, Filiation and Food as memory in Kim Thúy's Ru
Elaheh Ghasempour: Scent of Pine, Scent of Hyacinth

18:00 Keynote: Antoinette Tidjani Alou
Presents her collection of short stories Tina Shot Me between the Eyes
Moderator: Amelie Daigle

Saturday 13 July 

9:00  Registration / Coffee & Tea

9:30  Björn Laser: The Time of the Dragons - Concepts of Family, Migration, and Ethnicity in the Works of Alice Ekert-Rotholz
Amelie Daigle: Tangible Gains and Intangible Losses: Migration and Family in Laila Lalami’s Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

10:50 Coffee

11:00 Elisa Walker: The deconstruction of the Freudian family romance in Italian migration literature
Umme Salma: “no turning back … to go through”: Family Memory and Female Agency in Nashid Kamal’s The Glass Bangles (2011)

13:00 Lunch (own arrangements)

14:15 Orsolya András: Mother, Border, Daughter
Annette Bühler-Dietrich: Planetary Orphanage

15:45 Coffee & Tea

16:00 Keynote Speaker: Temi Oh
Presents her novel Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Moderator: Annette Bühler-Dietrich

17:30 Closing Remarks

Download Programme

Conference organisers: Annette Bühler-Dietrich and Amelie Daigle

Supported by the Coffin Fund, Frauen in der Literaturwissenschaft , The Universität Stuttgart, Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department of the French Embassy 

Registration Fees:
Standard Ticket one day    £15.00  |  Standard Ticket both days £25.00
Student/Unwaged one day £10.00  |  Student/Unwaged both days £15.00

Advanced registration required by Monday 8 July 2019.

University statement on Senate House protests (June 2019)


Jenny Stubbs
020 7862 8832