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PARSE Dialogue - Art and Migration part 1

Research profile seminar

Save the date: 19 October for a PARSE Dialogue on the topic of Art and Migration with Dagmawi Yimer, Elyas Alavi, Nuraini Juliastuti, Antje Missbach, and Shahram Khosravi. The dialogue will be held in English and is opent to the public.

Speakers are:
- Dagmawi Yimer, director and photographer, who was born and grew up in Addis Ababa, now working in Italy
- Elyas Alavi, multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia
- Nuraini Juliastuti, researcher, co-founder of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Antje Missbach, senior lecturer and researcher at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Austraila
- Shahram Khosravi, Professor at the Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.

Art and Migration
The dialogues inquire into the embodied, affective, performative, material, visual, and spatial politics of cross-border human mobilities, through arts/design as well as other disciplines and practices.

It concerns all the actors involved in these mobilities: the remarkable proliferation over recent years of heterogeneous human migration formations, including labour migrants and people seeking asylum, the border enforcement infrastructures that arise in response to these mobilities, as well as how these infrastructures incorporate market-based/migration industry actors.

The dialogues will interrogate these complex alliances, antagonisms, and complicities, analysing or interpreting conditions where (nation-)states' official infrastructures for border control coexist with migration industry infrastructures for border-crossing and market-based enterprises for border enforcement.

These include border control through proliferating physical barricades, militarised policing, multilateral border cooperation, detention camps, deportation dragnets, and new strategies of surveillance; both formal and informal migration industry infrastructures (e.g. the outsourcing of migration visa processing, labour migrant recruitment agencies, remittance services, the rise of transit spaces along migration corridors, forged passport markets, migrant smuggling, amongst others); and private security contractors for offshore detention centres.

Among many other conceivable topics, the dialogues will engage with such questions as:- How are lived experiences of these complex entanglements understood by differently positioned people as expressed in arts/design, activism, migration studies and other disciplines?

- How do people counteract, subvert, circumvent, resist, take charge of the everyday practices of these entangled bordering infrastructures?

- How can artists, academics, activist networks, and other civil society groups work together to challenge new forms of bordering in ways that are socially and intellectually relevant?

The dialogues are led by:
Erling Björgvinsson, Professor of Design, HDK/Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg.

Nicholas De Genova, Scholar of migration, borders, citizenship, race and labour, Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston.

Mahmoud Keshavarz, Design scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Uppsala University.

Tintin Wulia, Artist and post-doctoral fellow at HDK/Academy of Design and Crafts and School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

For bios and presentations of their work, please visit the PARSE website.

Also see:
PARSE Dialogue - Art & Migration, part 2, 24 January, 2019

PARSE Dialogue - Art & Migration, part 3, 29 April, 2019

The PARSE Dialogues are a series of seminars on artistic research, arranged by the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing arts and they are open to the public. This Dialogue is the first of two with the theme Art and Migration. www.parsejournal.com

Date: 10/19/2018

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Categories: Art, Research

Organizer: Konstnärliga fakulteten

Location: Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
Glashuset, Chalmersgatan 4-6 (in the courtyard at Valand Academy)

Contact person: Erling Björgvinsson

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