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Workshop on Migration and Arts

Jan 20, 2016

The workshop “Border Crossings: Migration Arts and Arts of Migration” took place from January 14 to 16 at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. It was organised by Cathrine Bublatzky and Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, with the support of the Cluster project “Net1 Arts and the Transcultural”.

While the meaning of the phrase "migration" changes in relation to the historical, geographical and social circumstances, various other phrases need to be taken into account in order to verify particular movements and existential experiences of migrants. Lines between exodus, expulsion, exile, or labour migration need to be carefully drawn when research approaches any forms of artistic responses to human movement activities. In relation to the subject-related topic of social practices of border crossing and the role of artists and art within the larger context of migration studies, this workshop critically addressed the methodological dimension in those studies. Applied to individual research topics, the participants reflected on the analytical usage and qualities of concepts such as ‘transculturality’, ‘transnationality’, ‘translocality’, ‘transaesthetics’ or ‘critical transregionality’ as they seem to facilitate further analytical fine-tuning.

The event, organised by Cathrine Bublatzky and Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, was the 5th meeting of the interdisciplinary working group ‘Art production and art theory in context of global migration’ after its formation in autumn 2013. The group is affiliated to and supported by the Ulmer Association for Art- and Cultural Sciences and was initiated by the art historians Prof. Dr. Birgit Mersmann (Cologne University) and Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci (LMU, Munich). The workshop was supported by the Cluster project ‘Net1 Arts and the Transcultural’.

For more information please visit the workshop’s website.


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  • Prof. Brosius during discussion