Utopia and Migration: Renewing the Imagination of Borders in the 21st c.

An international conference with Achille Mbembe and Louis-Philippe Dalembert

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With three special events:
- Talk by the writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert on Thursday 22 April, 11.30am
Actor Aïcha Ayoub will read some excerpts of 'Mur Méditerranée' / Mediterranean Wall (Sabine Wespieser editeur, 2019)
- Screening of the 'The Valley' in the presence of film director Nuno Escudeiro on Thursday 22 April, 3.30pm (Information about the film can be found here)
- Public Lecture by Achille Mbembe on Friday 23 April, 3.30pm

 

The International and Multidisciplinary Conference "Utopia and Migration" aims to contribute to the analysis of the borders imagination in the context of international migrations in the 21st century. It will raise the more specific question of how contemporary literature deals with the current issues related to borders from the perspective of utopia. What are these other ways that utopia traces to denounce and overcome discursive, media and state strategies aimed at making invisible, spoiling or stigmatising migrants, and thus strengthening borders? What alternatives to current border experiences can be explored through fiction? In what forms do they take place in the literary text? Which borders are targeted, those of the dream continent or the left one? How do these imaginative practices shed light on, or challenge, the relationship of contemporary societies to human mobility, to hospitality? The Conference invites the literary scientific field to a discussion with the Social Sciences in order to adequately address an issue whose study can contribute to rethinking the definitions of utopia, and in particular utopia as a literary genre, and to enriching migration studies.

 

More details are available on Fabula. 
 

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Picture by Denis Courard for the conference 'Utopia and Migration'

 

Please register by clicking on the links below:

 

Day 1

Topic: Utopia and Migration: Renewing the Imagination of Borders in the 21st century 

Time: Apr 19, 2021 02:00 PM (BST)

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Day 2

Topic: Utopia and Migration: Renewing the Imagination of Borders in the 21st century 

Time: Apr 20, 2021 10:00 AM (BST)

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Day 3

Topic: Utopia and Migration: Renewing the Imagination of Borders in the 21st century 

Time: Apr 21, 2021 10:00 AM BST

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Day 4

Topic: Utopia and Migration: Renewing the Imagination of Borders in the 21st century 

Time: Apr 22, 2021 10:00 AM BST

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[Day 5]

Topic: Utopia and Migration: Renewing the Imagination of Borders in the 21st century 

Time: Apr 23, 2021 10:00 AM BST

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With the contribution of Rectorat, Faculté LTC, Département L&L and Philixte of the Université libre de Bruxelles, of INCAL of the Université Catholique de Louvain, of Maison Française d’Oxford, Wolfson College and OCCT of the University of Oxford, and Haute Ecole Robert Schuman.

 

The conference will take place from 22 to 24 April 2021 in English and French. It will be fully streamed online. Auditors may attend the International Conference, the Public Lecture and/or the film projection online. More information about registration will come soon.