Borders are vital features of our life, and bordering processes a substantial part of how we negotiate territory, access to space, goods, social status and belonging; in other words, our relationships to others and the environment in which we live.
Focusing on migration and the movement of people in and across time, space and social orders, sharpens our understanding of the complexity of borders, why they exist, to whom they matter and what it takes to perceive, navigate, cross or circumvent them. These navigations can look very different for people with speciﬁc backgrounds, pertaining to language, culture, race and, importantly, passport.
Previous conferences have looked into migration, the political, economic forces driving it, the ways it is patterned, administered and controlled by state border regimes, and the consequences migration has created for people who move and societies accommodating people on the move.
Following this line of enquiry, this conference proposes to zoom deeper into the migration experience of people by foregrounding how migration is being connected to culture. We suggest exploring the nexus of migration and culture in more depth asking how migration is lived, experienced, reﬂected in, and mediated, in particular, through cultural and artistic practice.
We seek to investigate this lens as a way to deepen our understanding of the complexity and difference of migration experience , on the one hand, and the possibilities of connecting different migrant experiences and groups of people , on the other.
June 30 – July 2, 2020, Campus Belval
Birte Nienaber (birte.nienaber (@) uni.lu)
Nicole Holzapfel-Mantin (nicole.holzapfel-mantin (@) uni.lu)