IMISCOE 2020 “Crossing borders, connecting cultures”


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 (@)

Nicole Holzapfel-Mantin (nicole.holzapfel-mantin (@)