CFP / Travelling Narratives and Images in Times of Migration / The Norwegian University Centre (Paris)


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.

Main topics

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • What are the relations between social and cultural categories and different aesthetic forms?Which power relations are described and redefined through, and in aesthetic representation?
  • What are the characteristics of the different intertextual spaces that are created when linguistic practices, images, material objects and naratives travel between genres, cultures and aesthetic expressions?

We welcome contributions that explore aesthetic expressions across genres and media, including textile art, photography, installation art, literary, film and other aesthetic narratives that represent or discuss questions related to migration and identity.

PhD students and young researchers interested in migrant narratives and aesthetic practices related to exile and migration are particularly welcome.

The seminar language is English.

Submission guidelines

Please submit an abstract of max. 250 words to the organisers

before September 1.

Abstracts should follow this order:

a) author(s),

b) affiliation,

c) email address,

d) title of abstract,

e) body of abstract,

f) bibliography

Please specify in the subject of your email: ‘Travelling Narratives and Images in Times of Migration’.

Participants will be notified by September 15.

Organisers and scientific committee

  • Camilla Skalle, University of Bergen ( )
  • Sigrun Åsebø, University of Bergen ( )
  • Anje Müller Gjesdal, Norwegian School of Economics (


  • The Norwegian University Centre in Paris, NUCP | Maison des Sciences de l’Homme
    Paris, France (75)


  • jeudi 01 septembre 2016 / Deadline étendu au 10 septembre 2016


  • travelling, narrative, image, migration


  • Anje Müller Gjesdal
    courriel : anje [dot] gjesdal [at] nhh [dot] no

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