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Research Seminar

The Post-migrant in Arts and Culture

9 April 2013  |  9-17h |   University of Copenhagen, Amager Campus, Building 27, room 27.0.17

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in what is called “the post-migrant” condition. Especially younger artists, actors and writers in urban Europe shifted their focus from the experience of migration, the moving from one place to another, to the situation after the act of migrating, facing the challenges and potentials of everyday life in a society, where the majority of people have different life stories, family backgrounds and religious beliefs.

Do notions such as ‘integration’ or even ‘assimilation’ still fit for the post-migrant condition? Don’t we need to rethink the field of (national) culture and migration according to the new challenges? What role does the representation of migration-stories and the memory of individual experiences play in times of post-migration? How are these diverse narratives and experiences woven into everyday life, art and culture in the post-migrant society?


09.15  Welcome and introduction / Moritz Schramm (Odense)

09.30  Azadeh Sharifi (Berlin): “Postmigration, Artists of Colour and Theatre: Ballhaus Naunynstraße and the European project 'Europe Now'”

10.15  Mark Terkessidis (Berlin): “Interculture and collaborative practice. Why you can´t have one without the other in the ‘postmigrant condition’"

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee-break

11.30  Moritz Schramm (Odense): “A ‘new kind of Heimatfilm’: Belonging and diversity in Fatih Akın’s ‘Soul Kitchen’”

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15  Nanna Heidenreich (Berlin/Braunschweig): "Migratory Aesthetics - showing, exhibiting, thinking with?" (WT)

14.00  Mads Anders Baggesgaard (Aarhus): “Migrant literature in the second degree? Marie Ndiaye and the French”

14.45 – 15.15: Coffee-break

15.15  Firas Mahmoud and Mirjam Dyrgaard Hansen (Betty Nansen / C:NTACT): ”Personal Storytelling: The Art of Everyday Life – Theory, Method & Practice”

16.00 – 17.00  Discussion with all speakers, moderator: Frauke Wiegand (Copenhagen)

The seminar is organized in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Dänemark.