Rethinking Marginality: Inclusion and Ableism

Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt – in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the University of New Mexico, USA–cordially invites you to participate in its international conference titled “Rethinking Marginality: Inclusion and Ableism,” to be held onsite from 1 – 2 March 2024.

The term “marginal” is rooted in the Medieval Latin word “marginalis,” which means on the margin or situated on the border. Coined by sociologist Robert Park in 1928, the concept referred to human migrants and the peculiarity of their peripheral situation. Since homo sapiens first walked out of Africa, migration and its discontents have remained a thorn in the side of humanity. More comprehensively, marginality describes the precarious position of excluded and deprived groups but also helps construct the limitations of their socio-cultural involvement. The marginalization of individuals, languages, and cultures is a global phenomenon that results in discrimination and inequalities. The term has gained momentum in the context of rising inequality in a post-colonial, post-liberalized, and post-feminist globalized world.


Among other topics to be explored in “Rethinking Marginality: Inclusion and Ableism” is the marginality of mother tongues in favor of centering languages of established economic/political powers, resulting in marginalizing and disadvantaging cultures over others, affecting decisions on which texts are worthy of translation and which are not. This also extends to marginalizing minority groups in education and how it can affect their academic performance and peer-to-peer interaction and disrupt their sense of belongingness. This year, we are emphasizing disability and ableism in the contexts of marginality and Access Ability. While there is growing care and support for different kinds of impairment, much remains to be done, especially in harnessing technology and AI in learning and inclusion.


“Rethinking Marginality: Inclusion and Ableism” welcomes scholars to submit research on marginality and diversity in literature, cultural studies, pedagogy, translation, and linguistics. We are looking for abstracts that focus on individuals or cultures with precarious positions in society, including those who are physically or mentally disabled, women, minorities, and other intersectionalities with fringe places that may be liminal and problematic.


Established scholars, PhD holders, and graduate students from across the globe interested in marginality and inclusion studies are encouraged to participate in this conference. The topics covered include, but are not limited to:

Representations of marginality

Marginality in literature and translation

Discourses on Marginality

Voices from the margins

Marginality in history

The Pedagogy of marginality

The sociolinguistics of marginality

Metaphors of the other

Stereotyping and stigmatization

Identity and (In)visibility

Minor/Major (canonical) texts

Periphery and the center


Children/Adults with special needs


Ableism and disability

Visual, hearing, mental, and physical impairments

Immigration and identity construction


Ethnic popular culture

Marginal citizenship/Noncitizenship


Boarders and marginality

Diversity and equity

The indigenous

Minority groups

Race, class, and gender

Signed interpreting

Sociological approaches to translation

Lexicographic efforts for the disabled

AI and the challenged

ELT in the context of inclusion and ableism

Translation for the marginalized and refugees

Abstracts are due by 25th December. You will be notified about acceptance by January 30th. Abstracts are to be submitted to the conference website .If you have any questions, please email us at


International Presenter Deadline: 25/1/2024
Egyptian  Deadline: 30/1/2024

Languages of the Conference

1) English Language
2) Arabic Language

Publication Opportunities

Conference Papers will be published ElMenufia University Journal.
Accredited by: The Supreme Council of Universities
   Score (According to Egyptian Standards): 7/7

“Benefits of Attending the Conference”

“Why Should you attend this Conference?”


a) Touring Alexandria City
b) Touring Cairo

Hotels and Accommodations

a) Hilton Green Plaza

  b) Grand Plaza Hotel

Other Reccommendations:

a) El Raml stations Hotels

  b) Mamoura Hotels


a)Uber Application
b) Careem Application
c) Alexandria (Yellow and Black Taxi)
d) Tram

Restaurants within walking distance

Green Plaza:

a) Pizza Hut
b) Mcdonalds
d) Costa
e) Krispy Kreme
f) China House
g) Pizza Queen

Other Recommendations:

a) Gad Restaurant
b) Abdelmeged Village
c) Elasdekaa Supermarket

Conference Program


The Organizing Committee of the Conference: 

Conference Chairs:

  • Professor Sahar Hammouda, Dean of Faculty of Languages and Translation
  • Professor  Professor Amr Zawawy, Vice Dean of Languages and Translation and Head of English Department
  • Dr. Doaa Omran, English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico, United States of America

Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Ms/ Hebatallah Hassan, Assistant Lecturer, English Department
  • Ms/ Rehab Hassan, Assistant Lecturer, English Department
  • Ms/Ayten Adel, Assistant Lecturer, English Department
  • Ms/Mayar Ahmed, Assistant Lecturer, English Department
  • Ms/Rewan Mahmoud, Teaching Assistant, English Department
  • Ms/Hana ElAlayley, Teaching Assistant, Head of IRIS, English Department
  • Mr/Omar Nasser, Teaching Assistant, English Department
  • Ms/Esraa Alaa, Teaching Assistant, English Department



 Presenter/Attendee registration fees include:


  • On-site participants who have a paper accepted will be able to present in-person.
  • Conference bag containing conference information package.
  • Coffee breaks according to the scheduled program.
  • Official presentation E-certificate.
  • NOTE: If you are co-presenting with someone, each of you should still pay the conference fees separately! 

International Participants Fees

Attendees Fees
International Participant/attendee €145
International Student €100

Deadline for Regular Registration: January 25th, 2024

Registration Type Fees
International Participant/attendee €195
International Student €145

Late and/or Onsite Registration 

Registration Type Fees
International Participant/attendee €240
International Student €190


Egyptian Fees

Attendees (Early Bird) Fees
Presenter/Participant/Attendee 800 L.E


Registration Type (Regular Registration) Fees
Presenter/Participant/Attendee 900 L.E


Late and/or Onsite Registration  Fees
Presenter/Participant/Attendee 1500 L.E

To ensure your name appears on the printed conference program, please pay for registration by January 25th! 


Pharos University Students: Faculty of Languages and Translation


 Students Fees
Students 500 L.E
 Students with GPA 3.5 and above 400 L.E

Post Conference Day (The Third Day of the Conference)

Sunday 3/3/2024 
9:00 am 1:00 pm
-Workshops Timetable
-Egyptian Fees: 200 l.e only
You will receive an E-Certificate for the Post Conference Day