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The University of Gloucestershire

Home: provocations on place and belonging CfP


Call for Papers

HOME: provoking conversations on place and belonging

A one-day symposium at the University of Gloucestershire 

in Cheltenham


Friday 1st July 2022 


How do artists and creative researchers draw on imagery, philosophies, theories, and methodologies to interrogate concepts of home, place and belonging? Home, a one-day symposium at The University of Gloucestershire, encompasses multiple possibilities. It could be imagined in terms of geographical location, or in terms of the body or of the self. It may be articulated through its temporality; a legacy or sense of inheritance, a futurity or an aspiration. It may be conceptualised as occupying the physical, the spatial, the temporal and the cultural realm. It may be conceived of as gaining its coherence in displacement, in exile, in migration and threat. To belong may be interpreted as something that is cultural or religious. Similarly, belonging could draw from affectual states where one feels secure and safe, or excluded from a place or community. It spans the personal, the local and the global, encompassing geopolitical concerns and their impact on people, through communities and on populations, on the consequences of the pandemic, climate change, war. In this way artistic and critical responses may range from the intimate to the global. 


This symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to explore current debates on themes of belonging, place and home. It aims to provoke conversations into the meaning of home, to have a sense of place and belonging and provides an informal and supportive forum for researchers to explore opportunities and challenges associated with inter-disciplinary research.  This is a space to test ideas, discuss methodologies and receive feedback from peers.


We invite submissions for ‘in-progress’ or completed papers, screenings, practice and demonstrations, on any topic related to this subject, including, but by no means limited to: 


  • The exploration of emerging debates surrounding concepts that are key to the personal, social and political transformations brought about by events such as climate change, migration, wars and threats to the ‘home’


  • Issues of place, belonging and community and definitions of ‘home’


  • Explorations of ‘place’ as a platform where unheard voices may be heard and untold stories told 


  • Ways in which visual practice may be utilised as an essential tool for research and explorations of concepts of home and place


  • National and global perspectives on concepts of home, place and belonging 


If you would like to contribute to this discussion, we would welcome your submission. Please submit a 300-word abstract of the presentation you are proposing to Dr Kirsten Adkins by email to: You may include images [and links to other sites]. 


Please submit your abstract by: 20th May 2022.




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