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Call for Proposals: NIAS Conference 2021, submission until 30 September 2020

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) welcomes proposals from scholars and cultural practitioners for the NIAS Conference from 9-11 June 2021

The overarching theme of this interdisciplinary 3-day conference is studies of belonging. The definition of ‘studies of belonging’ will deliberately remain open as this concept can apply to a vast range of social, historical, material, cultural, psychological, juridical, social geographical, and economic phenomena.

The conference will be built around six topical threads:

    Place-attachment and Mobility
    Community-life and Isolation
    Practices of Belonging
    Borders and Boundaries
    Seeking Refuge
    Identity, Inequality and Politics

NIAS invites the multiplicity of scholarly and artistic papers around a single theme with the aim to set the agenda for future interdisciplinary, international collaborations that bring together a broad variety of perspectives on the issue of belonging.

NIAS invites scholars, writers and artists who deal with issues of belonging in their work, to contribute with a paper or arts presentation. Please, submit your proposal (max. 1 page) via, before 1 October 2020. Please indicate in which ‘topical thread’ you want to present.

Although we hope to see everyone in-person, this conference will take place in a hybrid form due to Covid-19 regulations which differ per country.

A limited number of travel grants are available and eligibility criteria will soon be up on our website.

For more information, please visit the official website.