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Workshop: 'Migration Transdisciplinary:' Art Historical Migration Research and Beyond

Nov 08, 2019 - Nov 09, 2019
Organiser: Buket Altinoba, Cathrine Bublatzky, Elke Gaugele, Kerstin Pinther

Important Note: the workshop is only for network members.

Open to the public is the plenum discussion on Saturday from 14.30-15.45 pm.  Please write to Dr. Bublatzky (bublatzky@hcts.uni-heidelberg.de) if you want to participate.

You can find the programme for download here.

The workshop „Migration transdisciplinary” focusses on the critical reflection and enhancement of art theoretical and art historical perspectives through the discussion of recent approaches of migration research, especially in the field of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and Cultural Anthropology (Gupta/Ferguson 1992; Malkki 1992; Fiddian-Qasmiyeh et al. 2016; Sigona 2015). We intend to adapt questions about the forms and techniques of (trans)national governance of migration, to the discussion on “migration narratives from below”, up to alternative mappings of migration research for art studies.

Building on art historical approaches to documentation, description of materials and the analysis of concepts related to identity politics (see Gender Studies Held/Pohl 1984; Albrecht/Below/Kahre 2001) on the one hand, and an empirical cultural studies approach on the other hand, the aim is to develop an interdisciplinary method of analytically approaching the migration of artists and their art production on a micro and macro scale.

In order to not only examine the phenomenon of migration in terms of artistic
production, a shift of perspectives for a relational analysis is appropriate. This is to consider respective conditions and experiences of migration so that the multi-layered translocal and transcultural conditions, reasons and consequences of migratory movements for both, the artists and their practices, can be differentiated.

With our guests Darshan Vigneswaran (Political Studies and Migration and Ethnic Studies, Amsterdam) and Kathrin Wildner (Urban Studies and Anthropology, Hamburg), the planned workshop builds on this research desideratum and asks for the meaning, applicability and possible transdisciplinary transfer of these theoretical and methodological implications for the art theoretical and praxeological analysis of global migration.

How can we describe and analyse visual sources in this light? How are geographically and subjectively heterogenous experiences of migration framed? Which role do institutionalization and spatialization strategies play in regard of artistic migration and the reflection of mobility and space through artistic interventions? And in which form can analytical and empirical approaches from the social and cultural studies be applied in art studies in order to examine the relationship of art and migration without succumbing to neither a reification of cultural particularity nor to a universalizing rhetoric on globality and artistic practice? In order to explore these questions, the workshop will hold a methodological debate on the possible links between different data forms for the purpose of new ways of archiving, collaborating and publishing (“cultural mapping” Roberts 2012; “walk-along” Kusenbach 2003; “sensory anthropology” Pink 2010). It will also reflect current efforts to include artists and their research-bases practices in empirical research (Leavy 2009; Barone und Eisner 2011; Schneider und Wright 2013; Brosius 2017).

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