Travelling Narratives and Images in Times of Migration
The Norwegian University Centre in Paris, NUCP I Interdisciplinary seminar, October 20-21, 2016
Extendend Deadline : 10 september 2016
Migrant narratives and aesthetic practices influenced by experiences of migration constitute a growing field in contemporary art and literature. Current patterns of migration and issues related to the protection of refugees and asylum seekers contribute to the strong societal impact of migrant aesthetics and narrratives, but also serve to explain the need for them as such, as well as the need to reexamine them. More than ever, we need to understand the experiences of exiles, migrants and refugees. The objective of this interdisciplinary seminar is to examine textual, material and visual expressions that represent, discuss and problematize migration.
Historically, the Mediterranean has been a site of encounters between different cultures, giving rise to a rich cultural heritage of text, music and film, that describe experiences of migration, exile and cultural encounters. Current trends in migration and globalisation lead to an increase in travelling narratives, images and objects, producing aestethic practices that both work in and through tradition. But they may also represent and destabilise categories such as gender, class, ethnicity, family and sexuality and challenge exisisting understandings of multilingualism, multilingual literature and aesthetic practices, thus inviting a reexamination of the possible contribution of literary studies, art history and linguistics to their analysis.