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Miércoles 29 Mayo 2024

Se acaba de publicar la segunda llamada del Congreso internacional "Reframing Journeys: Ibero-American Migration and Cultural Dialogues in Europe's Changing Landscape", que se celebrará en la Universidad de Lille Nord Europe entre los días 3 y 4 de octubre 2024.

Los y las contribuyentes pueden enviar propuestas centradas en las siguientes temáticas: artistic forms and media; audience engagement; intersecting dimensions; y policy relations. Deben incluir un resumen de 300 palabras detallando el enfoque de la investigación y la metodología, así como una breve nota biográfica y una lista de publicaciones relevantes. Para más detalles, pueden escribir al siguiente correo: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.  

Fecha límite para el envío de propuestas: viernes 26 de julio

La organización cuenta con bolsas de alojamiento y ayudas económicas para los desplazamientos de España a Lille: 

Información sobre el Congreso:

In an era where migration intricately weaves through the socio-political fabric of nations, it is imperative to understand the diverse narratives that emerge from these global movements. The discourse surrounding migration in Europe, particularly in the Nord region of France, Belgium, and Southern England, has often been dominated by perspectives that emphasise security and crisis management, frequently portraying migrants more as subjects of policy rather than active members of society. This call for papers seeks to challenge and enrich this narrative by highlighting the vibrant, albeit often underestimated, social and artistic contributions of migrants within these specific cultural contexts.

Migration is not merely the movement of individuals from one place to another; it is a complex phenomenon that involves the interaction of diverse narratives, identities, and cultures. As Europe faces the dynamics of migration, especially in areas with diverse social fabrics and political landscapes, it becomes increasingly important to engage with and understand the stories of migrants – stories that are often overshadowed by macro-level discussions on integration policies. Migrants from the countries of America and the Iberian Peninsula, with their rich cultural heritage and experiences, offer a unique perspective through which we can explore these narratives, particularly within the regions mentioned that provide a rich backdrop for examining the diverse social and artistic impacts of migration.

The objective of this call for papers is to highlight the contributions of migrants, with a particular focus on those of Hispanic origin, in reshaping the cultural, social, and artistic landscapes of their host countries, specifically in the Nord region of France, Belgium, and Southern England. By focusing on literature, cinema, art, media, and social projects initiated by these migrants, we aim to uncover the complex web of experiences that lie beneath the surface of mainstream migration discourse.

Our project is guided by a set of fundamental questions designed to probe the depth of the migratory experience and its manifold expressions within these specific geographical areas. These questions serve as the backbone of our research, steering us towards a holistic understanding of the role of Ibero-American migrants in shaping and transforming their environments, particularly within the context of the cultural, social, and political landscapes of the Nord region of France, Belgium, and Southern England.

  1. Artistic Forms and Media

- What are the predominant artistic forms, media, and platforms utilised by migrants, and how do these mediums serve as vehicles for expression, communication, and cultural exchange?

- How do these artistic initiatives reflect the heritage, experiences, and aspirations of migrants, and in what ways do they interact with, challenge, or transform the prevailing cultural and artistic norms of their host societies?

  1. Audience Engagement and Interaction:

- Who constitutes the main audience for these artistic and cultural expressions, and what is the nature of the interaction between the creators (migrants) and their audience?

- How do these cultural products promote dialogue, understanding, or even contention between different communities, and what implications does this have for social cohesion and multicultural integration?

  1. Intersection of Political, Social, and Artistic Dimensions:

- How do the political, social, and artistic dimensions of migrant work intertwine and influence each other, and what insights does this intersection provide into the lived realities of migrants?

- In what ways do these expressions serve as commentary on, or response to, the socio-political contexts in which they are produced, particularly in relation to issues of identity, belonging, and representation?

  1. Relation to Policies and Policymakers:

   - How do the artistic and cultural expressions of migrants relate to local, national, and European policies and policymakers?

- What role can or do these expressions play in shaping political discourse, fostering cultural diplomacy, and influencing the policy-making process, particularly in areas related to migration, integration, and cultural policy?

By addressing these questions, we hope to construct a multifaceted understanding of the migratory experience – one that recognizes the complexity, richness, and transformative potential of their cultural and artistic contributions. This research is not just an academic endeavour; it is a journey towards understanding the soul of migration and its profound impact on societies and cultures.

Our approach is inherently interdisciplinary, intertwining history, cultural studies, sociology, media studies, and political science, among other disciplines. We encourage contributors to employ a range of methodological approaches, from qualitative analyses of artistic works and ethnographic studies of migrant communities to quantitative research on audience reception and policy impact. Our aim is to foster a rich network of perspectives, shedding light on the myriad ways in which migration influences and is influenced by the cultural, social, and political landscapes of Europe.

This call for papers represents an invitation to embark on an academic exploration of the narratives, expressions, and impacts of migration, with a particular focus on Hispanic movements. We seek to gather a collection of works that not only challenge prevailing discourses but also celebrate the diversity, creativity, and resilience of migrant communities, with an emphasis on the Hispanic narrative. Through this endeavour, we aspire to contribute to a more nuanced, empathetic, and comprehensive understanding of migration – one that acknowledges migrants not just as subjects of policies but as vibrant agents of cultural and social transformation.

We look forward to receiving submissions that reflect a commitment to this vision, and to collaborate with researchers, professionals, and communities to foster a dialogue that enriches our collective understanding of migration in the Nord region of France, Belgium, and Southern England, although proposals from other regions are also welcome.