Message posted on 28/03/2018

CFP: The Visual Art of Refugees: expressions of flight and exile (2018)

Dear Colleagues,

The call for panel participation is now open for the 2018 European Association
of Social

Anthropologists (EASA). We invite you to submit your proposed abstracts to our
panel on:

The Visual Art of Refugees: expressions of flight and exile [Anthropology of
the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network Panel]

Pedram Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University)
Sholeh Shahrokhi (Butler University)

Leonardo Schiocchet (Austrian Academy of Science)

Since 2015 there has been a steady rise in the constructed spectacle of
refugees arriving in Europe through mainstream media reports. Despite the
proliferation of visual production in media, the image of the refugees remains
essentialized as a destabilizing figure of an unwanted "other". "The refugee
experience," in this way, is the inescapable narrative of victimhood and
despair. Contemporary anthropology is no stranger to both the power and the
danger of the visual in the representation of the "other", and/or the
disruption of the perceived "familiar". However, art, photography, and the
visual expressions of (by) the refugees and the displaced people arriving in
Europe, have received little attention in the burgeoning anthropological
scholarship of recent years.

Furthermore, artists and visual activists have produced some of the most
poignant disquieting interventions in the current discourse on refugees in
Europe (and across the global south). Additionally, a growing number of
refugee artists, themselves, have become instrumental in transforming the
topography of the discourse by way of art productions- from photography
exhibitions to street graffiti art exposes- that brings to life the diversity
of voices and the vibrancy of aspirations among the mass populations generally
categorized as refugees in the political north.

In this panel we seek anthropological works that introduce and reflect on the
rich repertoire of refugees visual productions and art expressions. Panel
participants should address how anthropology of visual art intersects with the
scholarship of refugees, exile, and border crossing.

To submit a paper, please visit:

Submissions close at 23:59 GMT on 20 April 2018.

For more information about the 15th EASA Biennial Conference visit the site

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of Global Studies & Partnerships/School of Media & Strategic
Oklahoma State University
201 Wes Watkins Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
Phone: 405-744-2507
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