CROSSROADS: Europe, Migration and Culture – University of Copenhagen

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Europe, Migration and Culture

International conference and workshop, University of Copenhagen, 24-25 October 2013.


"The migrant is not on the margin of modern experience – he is absolutely central to it” (John Berger: A Seventh Man, 1975/2010).

Migratory movements have thrown European culture(s) into flux. A variety of cultures which previously had little or no contact with each other are brought together on European soil where they intersect, confront each other, ‘cross-polinate’, and/or live entirely parallel, separate lives right next to each other. Under the heading Crossroads, the conference wishes to address this cultural flux. The emphasis is on the aesthetic expressions of the migrant experience as such as well as on the consequences of migration for European cultures and identities at large. Not only because these aspects seem to be somewhat under-investigated, but also because cultural artefacts have the potential to make visible what is otherwise largely hidden, even to thorough sociological analyses – aspects such as emotions, attitudes, hope, resentment, longing, etc.                            

(read the full Call for Papers)

Contact: crossroads.cph[at]

Keynote speakers

Dina Iordanova, Professor in Film Studies, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom

Tabish Khair, writer, Associate Professor in Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark

Mieke Bal, cultural theorist and critic, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Savaş Arslan, Associate Professor of Film and Television, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

Yosefa Loshitzky, Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Media and Film Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom