Special Issue "Arts and Refugees: Multidisciplinary Perspectives"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Martiniello

Director of Centre d’Etudes de l'Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM), Faculty of Social Sciences, Liège University (Belgium), Bâtiment 31 boîte 24 Quartier Agora - Place des orateurs, 3, 4000 Liège (Sart-Tilman), Belgium
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Interests: immigrants; ethnic minorities; social mobilization; political participation; arts; music; multiculturalism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The issue examines the relevance of artistic practices in current debates about the integration of de facto refugees in Europe and also in the actual integration of refugee artists in the social fabric and in the artistic scene. Papers looking at the role of arts (music, theater, literature, etc.) in the solidarity movements in favour of refugees in European cities are welcome. Papers examining the trajcteory of  refugee artists and their strategies in order to claim a position in their new society and their artistic scenes are also searched for. The papers can come from different disciplines and different theoretical perspectives (social movement theories, social mobilisation theories and cultural participation theories), preferably with a compartive dimension.

Dr. Marco Martiniello
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • refugees
  • asylum seekers
  • arts
  • music
  • rights
  • mobilization

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Open AccessArticle Refugees for Refugees: Musicians between Confinement and Perspectives
Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 3 January 2019 / Accepted: 7 January 2019 / Published: 16 January 2019
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Driven by the solidarity movements following the “refugee crisis” of 2015, the Brussels-based non-profit organization Muziekpublique, specialized in the promotion of so-called “world music”, initiated the Refugees for Refugees project. This album and performance tour featured traditional musicians who had found asylum in [...] Read more.
Driven by the solidarity movements following the “refugee crisis” of 2015, the Brussels-based non-profit organization Muziekpublique, specialized in the promotion of so-called “world music”, initiated the Refugees for Refugees project. This album and performance tour featured traditional musicians who had found asylum in Belgium and had artistic, political, and social goals. In comparison to the other projects conducted by the organization, each step of the project benefited from exceptional coverage and financial support. At the same time, the association and the musicians were facing administrative, musical, and ethical problems they had never encountered before. Three years after its creation, the band Refugees for Refugees is still touring the Belgian and international scenes and is going to release a new album, following the will of all actors to go on with the project and demonstrating the important social mobilization it aroused. Through this case study, we aim at questioning the complexity of elaborating a project staging a common identity of “refugees” while valuing their diversity; understanding the reasons for the exceptional success the project has encountered; and determining to what extent and at what level it helped—or not—the musicians to rebuild their lives in Belgium. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Ten Years of Participatory Cinema as a Form of Political Solidarity with Refugees in Italy. From ZaLab and Archivio Memorie Migranti to 4CaniperStrada
Received: 12 October 2018 / Revised: 30 November 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
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This paper introduces the context of European mobilizations for and against refugees and how participatory cinema has become a way of expressing political solidarity with refugees in Italy. We present and discuss ten years of the artistic work of ZaLab and Archivio Memorie [...] Read more.
This paper introduces the context of European mobilizations for and against refugees and how participatory cinema has become a way of expressing political solidarity with refugees in Italy. We present and discuss ten years of the artistic work of ZaLab and Archivio Memorie Migranti and focus on two film projects of 4CaniperStrada. Central to the production of participatory cinema in Italy is challenging the mainstream narrative of migration through the proactive involvement of asylum seekers, with their political subjectivity, by using a self-narrative method. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Theater against Borders: ‘Miunikh–Damaskus’—A Case Study in Solidarity
Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 12 November 2018 / Accepted: 19 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
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In 2017, the City Theater of Munich engaged with a policy of diversity, and decided to include Syrian artists and create the Open Border Ensemble. A German and Syrian refugee and non-refugee cast produced the first performance, “Miunikh–Damaskus: Stories of one city” (May [...] Read more.
In 2017, the City Theater of Munich engaged with a policy of diversity, and decided to include Syrian artists and create the Open Border Ensemble. A German and Syrian refugee and non-refugee cast produced the first performance, “Miunikh–Damaskus: Stories of one city” (May 2018). This mobile play aimed at minimizing stereotypes and deconstructing essentialist cultural identity prejudices. The paper examines how, in this case study, multilayered artistic strategies and relational dynamics came together to implement a ‘third space’. It addresses the challenges and implications of such theater endeavors regarding solidarity and the representation of the figure of the artists within the realm of the migration and refugee discourse. Full article
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