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PARSE: Workshop on transdisciplinary global migration topics


Center on Global Migration and Parse are jointly organising a workshop on transdisciplinary global migration topics during Parse Conference 2017. The four themes of the workshop are:
a) Privatisation and Projectification of Migration.
b) Heritage, borders and conflicts.
c) Expressions, representations of migration in pedagogy, art, and media.
d) Self-organisation and non-governmental organisation in relation to migration and artistic practices.
Please Note! You need to register for this event before Monday November 13, 15:00, see link below.

The focus is on future interdisciplinary topics of research that can lead to research projects, networks, or publications.

Small groups of 5 - 10 people join one of the following themes or form their own theme: a) Privatisation and securitisation of migration; b) Heritage, borders and conflicts; c) Expressions, representations of migration in pedagogy, art, and media; and d) Self-organisation and non-governmental organisation in relation to migration and artistic practices. See descriptions below.

The last half an hour is for sharing what came out of the group discussions.

You need to register your attendance no later than November 10.

a) Privatisation and Projectification of Migration
Anja Karlsson Franck (School of Global Studies) and Joakim Berndtsson (School of Global Studies)

While migration is often represented and researched as a matter of state policy, the recent neo-liberal practices brought by globalisation have shifted the management of migration from the state to the private sector.

While it is true that the state¿s presence in developing policies and politics of migration is still very strong, the current research on the "migration industry" shows how migration is subject to marketization and neo-liberal reforms.

From the involvement of security companies, think tanks and technology firms in border politics outside the nation-state to the privatisation of housing for asylum seekers, health care integration policies and methods, education, and detention centres, migration and migrants are subject to mass privatisation.

While migrants and migration remain heated topics in the public debate and the state presents itself as the main front-actor behind shaping policies on migration, it seems that much of migration policies are shaped by these big and small companies, firms and sectors in everyday management of the process of migration.

Beyond the state¿s policies on migration, the private sector, a consequence of the state economic policies, is engaged in a different sort of marginalisation and production of second class citizens, thus restricting migration as well as affecting the migrant¿s experiences.

This mass privatisation has led to the projectification of migration, where political issues are reduced to the management of short-term projects with outcomes that rarely benefit migrants and desired process of politicisation.

b) Heritage, borders and conflicts
Feras Hammami, (Department of Conservation) and Daniel Jewesbury (Valand Academy)

In this workshop, we would like to engage with heritage, borders and conflicts beyond inherited meanings of destruction.
Heritage studies offer rich reviews on the limits of heritage and its associated meanings of conflict. Littler attention however is given to possibilities and the potential of heritage to unite rather than divide.

Certainly, there is inherently no peace in heritage (Hammami and Laven 2017). This however refers to the inevitable diverse interpretations of the past that would continue to cause dissonance rather than war. At the same time, careful conservation of certain tangible and/or intangible aspects of heritage can help exclusive identities emerge, give shape to the intolerance of particularist possessive claims, or transform dissonance to violent conflicts where heritage becomes battlefields and used for border formation with 'the other'.

Border in this workshop does not refer to a state territorial container, coercive state power strategy, or merely as a marker of national identity.

We would like to contest this conception by engaging, for example, Otra Nation's conception of borders as 'nodes of cultural production', Homi Bhabha's ideas of 'in-between difference', Michael Foucault's 'conflict as productive practices', Chantal Mouffe's 'the political', and other similar ideas that can help us advance the meaning of border as a means of coercion and resistance, as spaces of conflict dialogue, and as lived spaces where different claims on 'the past' often clash.

We invite the workshop's participants to engage their different theoretical and empirical research in problematizing the theme 'heritage, border, conflict', and challenge any disciplinary border that may emerge during the discussions. The ambition is to form new research ideas on borders, heritage and conflict.

c) Expressions, representations of migration in pedagogy, art, and media
Zahra Bayati (Department of Education, Communication & Learning) and Tarja Karlsson Häikiö (Academy of Design and Crafts), and Anna Carlson (Academy of Design and Crafts).

The theme for the workshop concerns how to address migration in the school system, art and mass media. Mass media, which affects both educators' and students' perception of migration, tends to depict migration as a formless mass that will lead to a chaotic and uncontrollable future.

It also tends to frame the reception of migrants through a humanitarian rhetoric tainted by an evolutionary view where migrants, by living in Europe, are believed to climb higher on an imagined evolutionary ladder. Today it is also coloured by an increased process of othering.

Pedagogically migration is a complex topic and is experienced as hard to deal with through traditional educational concepts. The democratic assignment in education is clear and should be a foundation in all curricula, but is often used in a blurred and undefined ways (Nejadmehr 2012; Goldstein-Kyaga et al 2012).

Yet, the curricula, study material, and educational practices tend to be unaware of its Eurocentrism and processes of othering, which affects how it addresses migration and the Global South.

Artist dealing with migration, border politics, hybridity, and postnationalism have produced works and engaged in practices that are at times counter-hegemonic, but artist dealing with such topics have also produced works that reproduce cultural stereotypes as well as misuse and misrepresent vulnerable subjects.
Nevertheless, artistic and aesthetic practices offer creative and concrete ways to work with reflective processes starting from different levels of understanding (Atkinson 2015; Saar 2005).

In the workshop the participants are going to work artistically with the topic of migration and reflect upon through collaborative dialogue the effects it has on education, mass media and artistic practiced as well as discuss future interdisciplinary research topics that cover pedagogy, art and media.

d) Self-organisation and non-governmental organisation in relation to migration and artistic practices
Jason E. Bowman (Valand Academy) and Kjell Caminha (Valand Academy)

The commercialisation and capitalisation of art and its systems demands ever increasing globalised mobility and nomadicism: of artists, curators, museum staff, dealers, private collectors, advisors, and of art works and objects. Art fairs and perennial exhibitions have thus become circuits of sociality and influence marked by the capacity for such mobility.

Yet, it is also identifiable that these are sites in which art and curatorial initiatives that address the conditions by which people become displaced via capital, warfare, conflict and environmental impact are being profiled, discussed and represented. In the entanglement between the mobility of art¿s dominant players, the differing forms of displacement and enforced migrancy lies a series of questions of inter-cultural dynamics, exclusions and inequalities.

At the same time other art and cultural platforms are being developed in secession to the demand of dominant power structures including by displaced communities in various settings and forms: such as inside the cultures of camps or via association or via facilitation and collaboration with artist-organisations.

This panel will unpack questions of organisation between those being displaced, the forms of organisation that produce that impact and those developed responsively by displaced peoples to such conditions and their relations to an increased globalised spectacle of exclusionary mobility within art and its systems.

Date: 11/17/2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Filmvetenskap, Social Sciences , International, Research, Art History and Visual Studies, Diversity, Education and Didactics , Science, Sustainable development, Cooperation, Art, Education, Genusvetenskap, Humanities, Economics and Law , Kulturvård, Equal value & equal opportunities, Interdisciplinary, Kulturstudier

Organizer: Parse and CGM

Location: Baula, HDK

Last day of registration: 11/13/2017 at. 3:00 PM.

Contact person: Erling Björgvinsson

Number of seats: 40 (Of which 12 are booked)

Registration is closed for this event

Page Manager: Helena Svensson|Last update: 4/11/2014

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