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Entangled Histories of Art and Migration

The scientific network “Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents” is funded by the German Research Society (2018 - 2021). It sets out to conduct research on the interrelationship of migration and globalization as an important phenomenon of social transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries and in its role for art historical research and artistic production.

In the upcoming 3 years, it will enhance the research on migration with art-historical perspectives and methodologies in a field that has been primarily focusing on social- and political scientific as well as anthropological studies.

The network connects therefore with recent international art historical migration research and outlines three central and overlapping fields of research that interweave histories of art and migration: 1. Forms and aesthetics of migration; 2. Actors in the field of migration; 3. Visibility: image politics and visualization strategies in the context of migration.

With regard to these research fields, which relate in major terms to the research foci of the network members, a total of six international workshops at different institutes in Germany and concluding publication will contribute to establishing a long-term and lasting engagement with migration research in global art history, not least as a research field within migration studies and with a national and international visibility.

The network’s members form a group of interdisciplinary scholars from Germany and are all part of the working group Art Production and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration. This group was founded by Prof. Burcu Dogramaci and Prof. Birgit Mersmann in 2013.

The network starts on November 1, 2018 and will continue for 3 years, funded by the German Research Council (DFG).

It brings together 15 scientists from anthropology, art history, and visual studies to research on migration and globalization, and is result of the cooperation between Cathrine Bublatzky, Burcu Dogramaci and Kerstin Pinther and their time as spokespersons of the above mentioned working group from 2016 - 2018.

The speaker of the network is Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky, Assistant Professor for Visual and Media Anthropology at the HCTS.


Photography from the series „Das Gras ist Grün, der Himmel ist Blau und Sie ist schwarz“ (2017), © Parastou Forouhar.