9.45-10am Welcome and Introduction

Convener: Cangbai Wang, University of Westminster

10-11.30am Session 1Food, Lifestyle and Diasporic Communities in a Global City

Chairperson: Cangbai Wang, Senior Lecturer of Contemporary Chinese Studies.

The Material Dynamics of the French Blogger: A multimodal reading of migrant habitus as (re)presented online

Saskia Huc-Hepher Senior Lecturer in French & Languages in Action Coordinator Department of Modern Languages and Cultures University of Westminster. Curator, London French Special Collection in the UK Web Archive hosted by the British Library.

Frogs and Snails and Culinary Tales: Eating French in London from the present day to the 19th century

Debra Kelly, Professor of French and Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster

Ethnic Communities and Material Consumption: How food consumption and food shopping practices shape the life of Italian diaspora in London

Sara Marino, Research Fellow at CREAM, Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster.

11.30-11.45am Tea Break 1

11.45-12.45pm Session 2 Exilic Subject, Political Identity and the Politics of Remembering

Chairperson: Debra Kelly, Professor of French and Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster.

Zineb Sedira's Mother Tongue (2002) through the Lens of Jacques Hassoun's Theories of Memory and Transmission

Colette Wilson, Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster

South American Exiles of the 1970s in the UK: Institutions, trajectories and redefinition of political identities

Romina Miorelli, Visiting Lecturer in Latin American Politics, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster

12.45–1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Session 3 Everyday Materiality, Body and Trans-local Subjectivity

Chairperson: Harriet Evans, Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, University of Westminster

Migrating Pharma-Objects and the Prescribers of Translocal Formulae: Routes and relations in Mainland Chinese medicine today

Lena Springer, Research Fellow, EAST medicine research centre, Wellcome Trust Grant "Beyond Tradition", University of Westminster.

The Stamp of Identities: negotiating diasporic Chinese subjectivity in philatelic space

Cangbai Wang, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster.

2.45-3.45pm Session 4: Literary Representation of Diasporic Space and Transnational Home-making

Chairperson: Gerda Wielander, Reader in Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Language and Cultures, University of Westminster.

Materialising Diaspora Space: Mobile Irish/Argentine identities in William Bulfin’s sketches/crónicas for The Southern Cross newspaper (1891-1903)

Sinéad Wall, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster.

Materiality, Memory and the New ‘Home’: Objects, places and spaces in literature and film reflecting Ireland’s African and Brazilian migrants. Aisling McKeown Visiting Lecturer Department of English Literature and Culture University of Westminster

Aisling McKeown, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster 

3.45-4pm Tea Break 2

4-5pm Session 5: closing remarks and discussion

Harriet Evans and Debra Kelly