inTransit: Arts and Migration around Europe

How does the history of migration around Europe change when we consider early modern Muslims? When we consider other dispossessed peoples across French and Flemish territories in premodern times? Migrants from the South to the North, and from the Mediterranean across the British Channel or immigrants from west and north Africa? What are the artistic expressions and engagements accounting for their uprooting experiences? How are we to interpret them when we listen to the past to understand the present, while looking into the present to imagine the past?

The inTransit workshop starts to address these questions by bringing together cultural and art historians, artists, and a curator to explore the cases of expulsions and forced movement of peoples in early modern Spain and France, today's Maghreb, Middle East, and West Africa.



James Amelang

Professor of History in the Department of Early Modern History
Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

His numerous articles and books examine early modern urban social history, with a special focus on Barcelona. These interests also extend to the rise of autobiography written by underrepresented social groups, and, more recently, to the parallel histories of the Jewish and Muslim minorities in Spain. He is the author of The Flight of Icarus: Artisan Autobiography in Early Modern Europe, and, Parallel Histories: Muslims and Jews in Inquisitorial Spain.

Raquel Salvatella de Prada

Computer Artist and Assistant Professor of the Practice
Duke University

She practices graphic design, motion graphics and projection design. Her work often focuses on integrating computer animation and motion design with different traditional art forms by collaborating with artists of diverse backgrounds. She finds that the combination of her digital medium with physical visual media can be a powerful way to communicate social issues.

Michael E. Gerli

Common Wealth Professor of Spanish
University of Virginia

He is the author numerous publications exploring medieval and renaissance literature and linguistics. His award-winning books include Celestina and the Ends of Desire, Reading, Performing; Imagining the Libro del Arcipreste; and Refiguring Authority: Reading, Writing, and Rewriting in Cervantes. His most recent publications explore the tensions that emerged during the decreed expulsion of the Muslims minority from Spain (1609-1611), examining the depictions of what claimed to be a just war against a perceived domestic enemy.

Sara Raza

Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

She recently organized the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. Formerly, she was the Curator of Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Head of Education and Public Programs at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, and Curator of Public Programs at Tate Modern, London. Raza is the longstanding West and Central Asia editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is currently editing a book on her research entitled Punk Orientalism. She is the recipient of the 2016 ArtTable New Leadership Award for Women in Art.

Pierre-Olivier Dittmar

EHESS, Paris

He is a historian, maître de conférences in the research group on historical anthropology of the medieval West at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. His work, defined by visual culture, focused first on the human/animal rapport. Images et transgression au moyen âge (2015); Images dans l’Occident médiéval (2015). His current thinking is oriented towards the limit-case of human monstruosity, and the image-languages representing xenophobia.

Laura Weigert

Rutgers University

She is an art historian of early modern Northern Europe who works on interactions between diverse media – painting, textiles, performance. French Visual Culture and the Making of Medieval Theater (2015) Weaving Sacred Stories (2004). Her research also focuses on the artisans and artists of these periods.

Barthélémy Toguo

He is an artist based in Cameroon and Paris who creates installations and performances with drawings, paintings, prints. Strange Fruit (2017), The New World Climax (2011), Road for exile (2008), Hommages aux travailleurs immmigrés (1999). Committed to community action in Cameroon, he founded the art center, Bandjoun Station. A finalist for the Prix Marcel Duchamp (2016), his work is part of the Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris.

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February 1, 2018 to February 2, 2018
Nasher Museum

Organized by Helen Solterer's inTransit initiative and co-sponsored by the CFFS