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[Commlist] CFP: "Migrations / Mediations. Promoting intercultural dialogue through media, arts and culture"
Sun Jan 05 17:03:48 GMT 2020
*Call for papers:*
Migrations / Mediations. Promoting intercultural dialogue through media,
arts and culture
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan, 06-07 April 2020 - Rooms
*Deadline CFP: 1 February 2020 *
*Scientific Board:*Naures Atto (University of Cambridge), Paola Barretta
(Associazione Carta di Roma – Osservatorio di Pavia), Nadia Bellardi
(Community Media Forum Europe), Nico Carpentier (Charles University –
Prague), Sabine Hess (University of Goettingen), Judith Keilbach
(Utrecht University), Pierluigi Musarò (Alma Mater Università degli
studi di Bologna), Tim Prentki (University of Winchester.
*Confirmed Keynote Speakers:* Naures Atto, University of Cambridge Laura
Corrado, Legal Migration and Integration Unit in DG HOME - European
In the context of the migrant and refugee crisis, the EU Member States
and the European Union itself have recently demonstrated sensitivity
toward exploring the ways in which media, the arts and performative
practices are able to both facilitate intercultural dialogue among
migrant and host communities – thereby empowering their participation in
social life –, and to promote cultural diversity (different ethnic,
cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds and heritage) within
European societies. Indeed, different “liberal” and “applied” arts
(film, theatre & performance, photography, crafts, architecture, design,
etc.) as well as emerging cross-media forms (interactive and social
media, games, street art, circus and performative practices, etc.), have
a pivotal role to play in this direction. In a nutshell, “artistic and
cultural expressions can help us to communicate with each other, in an
immediate manner, and allow us to understand our similarities as well
our differences, in an area where we must also resolve disputes “
(Report How culture and the arts can promote intercultural dialogue in
the context of the migratory and refugee crisis, 2017, p. 10).
Despite this high potential for opening new perspectives on EU societies
based on integration and a willingness to engage in dialogue, these
guidelines seem mostly unexplored and little discussed within the
academic communities – primarily focused on the current regime of
representation of migrant people and newcomers. Moreover, it can hardly
be disregarded that a practical implementation of these guidelines faces
many difficulties: national cultural policies affect cultural
productions by institutionalizing the process of othering through
rhetorical discourses and hegemonic representations; the projects and
practices in this field are often vital but fragmented and poorly
reciprocally connected (also due to their strong roots in specific areas
and territories); the skills and professional figures associated with
these processes are poorly defined and have no particular training
centres; and finally, the evaluation methods of the initiatives are
different and lacking consolidated protocols. The combination of all
these factors produces a fundamental weakness in a sector that in any
case, remains extremely lively and promising.
On this basis, and within the framework of a research program that the
UCSC’s Department of Communication Sciences and Performing Arts has been
developing over the last two years (Migrations / Mediations. Media and
performative arts as tools for the intercultural dialogue:
this International Conference intends to gather academic and independent
researchers, artists, cultural providers, public and private funders,
and policymakers – both at a local and at an international level – with
the aims to:
· Reflect on the role of media, arts and culture in the management of
policies devoted to migration phenomena, also on the basis of an
exchange of best and worst practices;
· Focus on the ways and the degrees in which media, arts and culture
have been considered as critical tools for intercultural dialogue by
policymakers, at different levels (local, national, European).
· Draw attention to the ways through which artists and cultural
providers can create and develop models of action in territories
oriented toward bringing host populations into contact with migrants and
refugees, as well as to empower newcomers themselves by offering a space
for dialogue and a basis for voice-attaining and self-organising;
· Empower the professional figure of the cultural provider in contexts
of intercultural and shifting societies, by defining its skills, methods
of work, and formation paths.
· Develop a specific set of tools and a methodology to assess the
social, cultural and economic impact of intercultural dialogue
activities through arts, media and culture. Along with quantitative
indicators of success, such as counting audiences reached or scoring
intercultural stakeholders included in the action, it is worthwhile to
elaborate new models of evaluation for the measurement and assessment of
the efficiency and effectiveness of such projects.
On these bases, we invite abstracts on any of the following topics.*
· Practices of empowerment of intercultural dialogue through media, arts
and performative activities.
· Networks (formal and informal) with publicly-funded cultural
organizations, civil society and other stakeholders.
· Employment opportunities for migrants in cultural and creative industries.
· Comparisons between the approaches of public and private media.
· The role of immigrant/diaspora/minority media.
· Participatory media and arts projects devoted to working directly with
refugee and migrant groups in socially engaged practice.
· Audience development strategies aiming at promoting cultural diversity.
· Practices and experiences in assessing projects in the field of
· Fundraising creative projects to support intercultural dialogue and
· The formation of cultural providers and the role of intercultural
dialogue professionals in supporting cultural and artistic projects for
the integration of refugees and migrants.
* Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of topics, and we will
review any abstracts related to the media and
migration/immigration/multiculturalism and related topics. Especially
welcome are submissions rooted in media studies, visual, performative
and cultural studies, critical data studies, postcolonial studies and
from scholars who build bridges between academia, policy, public and
private funding, media system, arts and public debate, and stakeholders’
*The deadline for the submissions is 1 February 2020*. Interested
contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and a short
biographical note at the following e-mail address:
(migrations-mediations /at/ unicatt.it) <mailto:(migrations-mediations /at/ unicatt.it)>.
*The accepted proposals will be notified by 15 February 2020*. The
languages of the conference are Italian and English (the latter is
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