an international and interdisciplinary conference, will take place on
28-30 April, 2017; at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The omnipresence of stereotypes in the age of global migration is increasingly evident both at the level of governing structures and in everyday practices. In the context of migration, both historically and today, the use of stereotypes to characterize the migrant – whether it be as a figure of suffering or a source of danger – can influence, polarize, and even radicalize public opinions and discourses. The influence of social media and political narratives, as well as literature and the arts, can be both productive and dangerous when it comes to our evaluation of a new migrant, refugee, asylum seeker, or exile as a neighbour, business partner, colleague, or friend. This is especially true in a world of increasing global conflicts and terrorism, neoliberal markets, and newly emerging nationalist agendas. This international, interdisciplinary, and bilingual conference aims to address the questions of the (ab)use of stereotypes when it comes to the representation of migration and refugees in various public discourses, both historically, conceptually and practically.
Proposed topics of discussion include: representation of migration and stereotypes in fine arts, literature, film, drama, and performance; philosophical and ethical conceptualizing of migration and stereotypes; migration and commemoration: the object, the museum, the public space; language, migration, and stereotypes; (mis)representation of migration in governmental laws and political discourses; migration and urban space: communal living in the past and in the age of mobility; migration and stereotypes in social media and everyday life; migration, memory, and testimony; and migration, stereotypes, and education.
In the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the organizing committee is planning a number of conference events dedicated to public and artistic discourses related to the history of migration to Canada and migration today.
Information about our key-note speakers, special events and presentations is on the conference website: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/studies-migration/en/conference/
The preliminary program is available at: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/studies-migration/en/conference/conference-program/
We look forward to hosting you in Ottawa in April.
The conference organizing committee:
Dr. Yana Meerzon, University of Ottawa
Dr. David Dean, Carleton University
Dr. Daniel McNeil, Carleton University
Dr. Sylvain Schryburt, University of Ottawa
Dr. Natalia Vesselova, University of Ottawa