KONF: Imagining Migration, Knowing Migration: Intermedial Perspectives, Würzburg (19.-21.03.2020)

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Imagining Migration, Knowing Migration: Intermedial Perspectives

1921 March 2020

Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

Am Hubland, Department of English Literature and Culture

Organised by Jennifer Leetsch (Würzburg), Frederike Middelhoff (Frankfurt), Miriam Wallraven (Würzburg)



Conference Programme


Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Arrival and Check-In for Participants from Abroad


Thursday, 19 March 2020


11:30 – 12:30             Registration at Conference Venue & Coffee


12:30 – 13:00             Welcome and Introduction

Jennifer Leetsch, Frederike Middelhoff, Miriam Wallraven


13:00 – 14:30              Keynote & Discussion


Ananya Jahanara Kabir (London, UK): Moving Material: (Un)Making Migration through Dance


14:30 – 15:00            Coffee Break


Section 1: Visualizing Migration, Constructing Affective Knowledges


Panel Chair: Patricia Kemmer


15:00 – 16:30            

Ömer Alkin (Magdeburg, GER): The Mediality of Migration in Audiovisual Material

Kyung-Ho Cha (University of Bayreuth, GER): The Refugee Experience in Virtual Reality Documentaries


16:30 – 17:00             Break & Refreshments


17:00 – 17:45          

Mahmoud Arghavan (Munich, GER): Facts and "Alternative Facts" about Global Warming and Climate Refugees: Medial Representations of Causes and Effects of Migration from the Global South


19:00                          Conference Dinner



Friday, 20 March 2020


Section 2: Writing Migration, Configuring Knowledges


Panel Chair: Heike Raphael-Hernandez


9:30 – 11:00              

Kai Wiegandt (Tübingen, GER): Western Migrant Fiction Between Mimesis and Mimicry

Christian Sinn (St. Gallen, CH): Problematised Reception in Aesthetic Representations of Migration


11:00 – 11:30             Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00            

Jennifer Burns (University of Warwick, UK): Telling Lives: Itineraries of Knowing and Imagining through Stories of Migration

Frederike Middelhoff (Goethe University Frankfurt, GER): Imagining Migration, (Not) Knowing Migration around 1800


13:00 – 14:30             Lunch


Panel Chair: Zeno Ackermann


14:30 – 16:00            

Miriam Wallraven (JMU Würzburg, GER): “No narrative to make sense of what had happened”: The Genres of Narrating Migration during the Yugoslav Wars in English-Speaking Literature

Corina Crişu (University of Bucharest, ROM): Stories in the Stepmother Tongue: Eastern European Immigrant Women Writing in English


16:00 – 16:30             Coffee Break


16:30 – 18:00            

Carmen Zamorano Llena (Dalarna University, SWE): Questioning the Distribution of the Sensible through ‘noeuds de mémoire’ in Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata

Katrin Dennerlein (JMU Würzburg, GER): Mobility in Contemporary German Historical Novels


19:00                          Public Reading and Discussion

Olumide Popoola (Venue: Stadtbücherei Würzburg, Falkenhaus)


Saturday, 21 March 2020


9:30 – 11:00               Artist Intervention & Discussion                               

Charl Landvreugd (Rotterdam, NL): Notes on Ososma: Imagining Spaces


11:00 – 11:30             Coffee Break


Section 3: Performing Migration, Staging Knowledges


Panel Chair: Johannes Schlegel


11:30 – 13:00        

Josephine Fontaine (JMU Würzburg, GER): “I have to know who I am.”: Searching for Belonging and Identity in Fatou Kandé Senghor’s Documentary Film L'autre en moi (The Other in Me)

Jennifer Leetsch (JMU Würzburg, GER): Black Men Walking (2018): Reconfiguring British Memory Landscapes through Migratory Theatre Practices


13:00 – 14:00             Lunch


14:00 – 15:30            

Heike Raphael-Hernandez (JMU Würzburg, GER): Imagining Protest: African Diasporic Visual Art and European Politics Concerning Mediterranean Sea Crossings

Burcu Dogramaci (LMU Munich, GER): Performing Migration: Želimir Žilnik, Nil Yalter and Medial Self-Representation of “Guestworkers” in the 1970s


15:30 – 16:00             Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:00             Final Discussion / Closing Remarks / Research Cooperation


17:00                          End of Conference; Departure



The conference is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) . Please visit https://imaginingmigration2020.wordpress.com/ and http://www.anglistik.uni-wuerzburg.de/abteilungen/englische-literatur-und-kulturwissenschaft/research/imagining-migration-knowing-migration-intermedial-perspectives/ for further information. If you have any questions concerning the event and the programme, please email imagining.migration.2020@gmail.com