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Migration, Displacement, and the Arts
November 16, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kim DaCosta Holton, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, Newark
Tim Raphael, Professor, Arts, Culture, and Media, Rutgers University, Newark
Mayte Green-Mercado, Associate Professor, History, Rutgers University, Newark
Scholarship on migration and displacement focuses mostly on the conditions that force people to leave their places of origin or the challenges that people face during their departure or arrival. In this sense, academic research on migration tends to reproduce particular frameworks shared across the disciplines of demography, sociology, political science, economics, and history. Relatively absent from these discussions are artistic expressions. By bringing together scholars and performers, this seminar examines the intersections between migration and the arts to consider questions about the role of music, dance, and performance in articulating displaced identities in urban migrations, how literary and visual arts can evoke memories of war, or how the culture of cities has been formed and transformed by global migration. It will also consider how aesthetic vocabularies are maintained and repurposed in adopted homelands, and how expressive culture impacts processes and perceptions of belonging and alienation in both origin and host contexts.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Alexandra Vázquez, Associate Professor, Performance Studies, New York University
Yona Stamatis, Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois Springfield
Daniel Da Silva, Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Amir ElSaffar, Musician/Composer