Workshop "Transversal Dialogues About the Cultural Representation of Migration Across Temporalities and Geographies"

Monday, 18. March 2024
9:00 - 16:45

Zukunftskolleg, Room Y326, University of Konstanz

Abena Yalley (Postdoctoral Fellow / Literature & Politics and Public Administration) & James Wilson (Postdoctoral Fellow / History and Sociology)



This workshop is a stepping stone towards building a transdisciplinary bridge about the coming into being of discourses of representation across temporalities and geographies. To understand what a transversal application of conceptual tools means, what it does, and what it cannot do, we invite scholars already working on questions about and related to human mobility to this reflexive workshop. The workshop aims to stimulate dialogues between different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences about the production of knowledge on cultures of human mobility from perspectives critical of racialization, infantilization, and misrepresentation.

  • How do we discuss issues of migration without falling into colonialist methodologies, narratives or nomenclature?
  • How does each field represented in the workshop approach/think about/deal with cultural representations of migration or mobility? Are there any limitations that are inherent to our traditional methodological toolkits?
  • What are the best ways/approaches for us to interrogate these regimes of representation?
  • What could be the potential benefits of interdisciplinarity for migration studies? And what benefits can the other fields represented here gain from recent advances in migration studies on these issues?
  • To what extent do positionality and related decolonial practices provide a potential answer to these questions?

9:00-10:30 How do discourses of representation come into being, and why do they need to be questioned? (Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion)
10:45-11:45 Panel 1
12:00-13:00 Panel 2
13:00-14:30 Lunch (please register)
14:30-15:30 Panel 3
15:45-16:45 Panel 4

This is a collaborative workshop by the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz.

The workshop format is hybrid and participants can register via