The seminar wishes to explore how processes of forced displacement are and have been reflected in works of art and other forms of cultural expression throughout the world: From the lamentations of the exiled in the Old Testament through slave narratives, representations of war and contemporary renderings of the migratory flows following from climate changes. But while we engage in the aesthetic forms and history of displacement, we also wish to address the underlying, theoretical and methodological issue of how art works and criticism might help us to better understand and change the intricate relationships between power and movement that cause displacement.
We welcome contributions that address forced migration both in a contemporary context, highlighting new artistic strategies to express and address displacement, and contributions with a historical approach, investigating the relationship between historical forms of displacement and cultural expression, as well as more theoretically and methodologically oriented discussions
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