How do writers portray experiences related to migration, immigration, and movement? What reasons do their works offer for why people migrate, immigrate, or move from place to place? What particular rewards and challenges do writers address when dealing with geographical movements of people? What concepts of “home” and “space” do the processes of migration or immigration evoke? What roles do creative venues play in depicting historical migrations and immigrations? In what ways do various forms of cultural creations intersect with social, political, and economic occurrences in depicting people who migrate, immigrate, or move? What theoretical frameworks and methodologies help to understand creative portrayals of such movements? What stereotypical images have negatively impacted attitudes toward people who are viewed as nomadic or constantly on the move? How do writers combat those stereotypes and attitudes?

These were some questions I posed to the three speakers for the Forum at the 2012 conference...

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