New Typologies of (E/Im)Migration: Mobility and Transcultural Spaces
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
8 – 10 October, 2015
The 20th Culture and Power International Conference seeks to bring together scholars interested in issues of migration and mobility, with particular emphasis on the new patterns and typologies of (e/im)migration that have emerged in the 21st century and their representation in literature, the media, and the visual arts. More than ever before, migration is nowadays one of the factors that most powerfully contributes to the configuration of our current transnational and transcultural contemporaneity. Transnational forms of migration have served to destabilise cultural barriers and frontiers, putting to the test the ways in which nations and national imaginaries have traditionally been constructed or defined. Migration has created transcultural spaces that challenge the idea of the nation-state and its borders, showing that national and cultural identities are unstable, metamorphic and in a constant state of transformation. Such transcultural spaces are often sites where relations of power are tested and contesed, where culture is productively transformed and where new hybrid and rhizomatic identities emerge. However, these processes have not always been perceived in positive terms, giving rise to ongoing debates surrounding national identity, citizenship, border regulations as well as individual and collective rights. Especially in a period of economic crisis such as the present, it is worth pondering the extent to which migrant regulation and policies are affecting or will affect current patterns and typologies of (e/im)migration.