20-21 November 2019, Erciyes University, Kayseri, TURKEY
22 November 2019 Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Nevşehir, TURKEY

Cultural, geographical, political, social, emotional, linguistic, and economic borders, among others, define and determine different aspects of our identities, cultures, and social lives along with literatures and arts. In a world charmed by 'globalization', interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences has thrown further lights on the definitions, conceptualizations, roles and functions of borders. They are understood not only in terms of limits, restrictions, and divisions but also in terms of opportunities, possibilities, and reconstructions. The study of borders from antiquity to modern times raises such questions as "What forms borders?", "Who produces borders?", "How are borders established?", "Where are borders constructed?", "Why are borders built", and "How is it possible to cross borders?"
Also deriving motivation from TÜBİTAK-ARDEB for "the exploration of intercultural communication, process, patterns and relations between different cultural groups" and "the effects of globalization on cultural changes; the impact of these cultural changes on Turkish society", this symposium specifically welcomes presentations about the exploration of interracial and cross-cultural relations and communication between Turkish society and the West and their representations in literary and non-literary works within the framework of Borders and/or Boundlessness. Selected papers on this subject will be published by an international publishing house in a book format. Additionally, selected papers from the overall papers will be sent to indexed journals for publication.
This symposium aims at exploring and providing insights into the construction, functions, and structures of borders in different areas from multidisciplinary perspectives.
Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
To do this, this symposium welcomes scholarly contributions from different disciplines in humanities and social sciences.
Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
  • Border Theory
  • Literature of Borders
  • Borders & Imaginative Literature
  • Borders & Culture
  • Borders, Memory & Space/Place
  • Borders & Media/Films
  • Borders & Language
  • Borders & Translation
  • Borders & Liminality
  • Borders & Technology
  • Borders of Otherness
  • Borders & Identity
  • Borders of Body & Mind
  • Borders & Migration/Immigration
  • Borderlessness
  • Borders & Turkish diaspora
  • Identity building of the Turkish diaspora in the Western context
Oral presentations will be 20-minute long and 10 minutes for questions, and discussion. The official languages of the symposium are English, Turkish, German, French and Russian and papers presented at the symposium can be delivered in one of these languages.
Submitted papers will be included in three types of publication: proceeding, international volume and special issue in the Journal KARE.
The first two days of the symposium (November 20 and 21) will take place in Kayseri, Erciyes University and the sessions on the last day of the symposium (November 22) will be held in Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University.
The deadline for abstract submission is 30 September 2019.
Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by October 7, 2019.
Guidelines for abstract submission:
All abstracts must be written in one the official languages of the symposium - English, Turkish, German, French or Russian-, and the length should not exceed 300 words (not including key words and references). Abstracts for proposed papers should be submitted electronically in the MS word format using the abstract submission form on the web site.
For any inquiries, please contact
Erciyes University, Faculty of Letters, Department of English Language and Literature, and Russian Language and Literature, Kayseri, Turkey.
Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Nevşehir, Turkey