Art, Culture, and Politics in Contemporary Europe

The concept of »postmigration« has recently gained importance in the context of European societies' obsession with migration and integration along with emerging new forms of exclusion and nationalisms. This book introduces ongoing debates on the developing concept of »postmigration« and how it can be applied to arts and culture. While the concept has mainly gained traction in the cultural scene in Berlin, Germany, the contributions expand the field of study by attending to cultural expressions in literature, theatre, film, and art across various European societies, such as the United Kingdom, France, Finland, Denmark, and Germany. By doing so, the contributions highlight this concept's potential and show how it can offer new perspectives on transformations caused by migration.

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16 September 2021, 348 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4840-9

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Anna Meera Gaonkar

Anna Meera Gaonkar, University of Copenhagen, Dänemark

Astrid Sophie Ost Hansen

Astrid Sophie Ost Hansen, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Hans Christian Post

Hans Christian Post, Freier Forscher und Filmemacher, Dänemark

Moritz Schramm

Moritz Schramm, University of Southern Denmark, Dänemark

1. Why did you choose this topic?

Migration is a hot topic of public and scholarly debates. Yet, often such debates get stranded in polemics that sensationalise migration as either threat or celebration – and as an entirely new or urgent phenomenon. Postmigration studies have emerged as one possible response to this deadlock. Within the humanities and social sciences, the concept addresses migration as integral to the history of Europe and its contemporary societies structured by previous and ongoing migrations.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

We explore how the developing field of postmigration studies can engage with arts and culture as formative aspects of contemporary Europe. Initially, we offer an overview of analytical strategies including conceptualisations of ›the postmigrant generation‹ and ›postmigrant society‹. Touching upon both pitfalls and potentials of the infamous usage of the prefix ›post‹, we also discuss the critical reception of the concept of postmigration and its ties to postcolonial theory.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

In a time where several societies seem to be increasingly obsessed with migration, we survey the postmigrant perspective's potential to analyze different but interrelated developments in relation to culture and migration as they unfold in various national and geographical contexts within Europe. By way of its many contributions, the book expands on ongoing debates concerning the concept of postmigration while also discussing its transnational origin in relation to current positions.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

In the book, we lay out how the theoretical foundations of the concept of postmigration can actually be traced back to UK-based cultural studies of the 1990s. For this reason – and since a majority of the artistic and academic work concerning postmigration has emerged in Germany –, it would be exciting to discuss the book with figures from a British post-Brexit context: figures such as Paul Gilroy, Sara Ahmed, Marsha Meskimmon and, of course, Stuart Hall, had he still been alive.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

The book introduces the developing concept of postmigration and how it can engage with arts and culture as formative aspects of European societies.

Book title
Postmigration Art, Culture, and Politics in Contemporary Europe
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 20 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC022000 SOC007000
Release date
16 September 2021
Kultur, Globalisierung, Europa, Migration
Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Theatre Studies, Sociology
Literature, Art, Theatre, Postmigration, Postmigrant Society, Migration, Culture, Europe, Interculturalism, Cultural Studies

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