Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


1 December 2017

CRCC Symposium Nationalism, Migration and the Arts

Presented By Alena Pfoser, together with Ele Belfiore, Michael Skey, Marco Antonsich, Marsha Meskimmon

About this event

This symposium examines nationalism, migration and belonging in Brexit Britain through conversations and on-going collaborations between academics, artists and arts organisations. It builds on the legacy of the Who are we? project which was launched as part of the Tate Exchange at Tate Modern in London in March 2017. The starting point of Who are we? was the perception of an increasingly divided Britain and Europe where new arrivals and immigrant communities increasingly face suspicions and hostility. Who are we? sought to reflect on the current situation as well as to develop alternative ways of imagining identity and belonging. The symposium continues and deepens this conversation by a) discussing the politics of inclusion and exclusion with Who are we? artists and an interdisciplinary group of academics, b) creating the space to reflect on the potentials and challenges of collaborations between academics and artists and c) asking what changes when we engage with questions of belonging and migration from the perspective of the cultural periphery.

An exhibition, entitled ‘Who are we? at Loughborough’, will run alongside with the symposium from 29 November 2017 to 10 January 2018 in Martin Hall Exhibition Space. It will show the works of the Who are we? artists Gil Mualem-Doron, Alketa Xhafa Mripa and Laura Sorvala.


11-11.15 Opening words

11.15-12.30 Roundtable The sexual politics of migration with Marsha Meskimmon, Liz Stirling, Alketa Xhafa Mripa, Ruth Kinna and Carys Page

Lunch break

1.30-2.45 Workshop Imagining inclusive nations? with Marco Antonsich, Gil Mualem-Doron and Michael Skey

Coffee break

3-4.15 Roundtable How do we work together? with Ele Belfiore, Aine O’Brien, Kev Ryan and Eva Sajovic

4.15-4.30 Closing

Places for the symposium are limited. Please register here.