The term ‘postmigration’ derives not from academic scholars or researchers, but has emerged among artists and intellectuals in Berlin/Germany who refuse to be labeled as ‘migrants’ or ‘immigrants’ and made the simple objects of national ‘integration’-politics. Instead, they insist on the overall plurality of life-stories and on the multiplicity of backgrounds as a fundamental condition of modern society and the social and cultural interaction among all its members.
The aim of the project is to explore contemporary artistic and cultural expressions from various European countries which address the issues and consequences of the postmigrant condition. While focusing on a range of cultural phenomena, including literature, film, theater and art, the project engages concepts like othering, belonging, participation, memory, diversity, intersectionality and ‘integration’. As a supplementary perspective, the project addresses the challenges that cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are confronted with in relation to the postmigrant condition. It is the aim of the project to move beyond the widespread use of binary oppositions in the field of migratory research (e.g. us/them, self/other, uprootedness/rootedness, home culture/foreign culture, leaving/arriving) in order to offer fresh perspectives on how European societies are continually transformed by the increasing diversity of populations and cultures.
The project has received funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research (DKK 5,406,913).
Roger Bromley, Marsha Meskimmon, Erol Yildiz.
(Photo: Iwan Baan)