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Diasporic Imaginaries.
Multiple Senses of Belonging


Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris

April 4-5, 2019

Conceived and organized by Lena Bader, Birgit Mersmann, Mona Schieren


The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2018. The selected presenters will be notified by 31 January 2019.

Migration in art and art history is primarily defined by the movement in both space and time of artists, curators, and critics, and their works, ideas, and memories (Mathur 2011). It has engendered geographically dispersed artistic communities bound by shared diasporic experiences and has generated splintered temporalities of artistic relationalities that negotiate between pastness, nowness, and futurity. The increasing diasporization of art and culture is a farreaching and profound shift resulting from global migration and its rapidly changing nature. As a global transnational process, migration has produced global diasporas (Cohen 1997), including ethnic, cultural, religious, and national diasporas, which fuel the dissemination of “diasporic imaginaries.” Beside the Jewish, Greek, Armenian, and Black diasporas — the most historically significant diasporic traditions — the Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese, Palestinian diasporas have, among others, become clearly visible on the world map of diaspora cartographies (Brah 1996, Dufoix 2008). > more 


We encourage postgraduate students, early career researchers, and established scholars to submit proposals for individual presentations of 25 minutes on the above-mentioned topics or their own choice of theme. In addition to contributions from art history, architecture, and film and fashion studies, we welcome papers from cultural studies, postcolonial studies, anthropology, and media studies.

The conference will be held in English. Please send a title and abstract of your proposal (maximum 400 words) along with a short CV to the organizers of the conference: birgit.mersmann AT, lbader AT, m.schieren AT The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2018. The selected presenters will be notified by 31 January 2019. Selected speakers can apply for travel funding (max. 250.- Euro).



96. Kunsthistorischer Studierendenkongress

KSK 96.   Reise und Migration


Universität Duisburg-Essen / Folkwang Universität der Künste


July, 4.-7., 2019, Essen