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]

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

Chair 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 at:

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad Farzaneh Family Scholar Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies School of Global Studies & Partnerships/School of Media & Strategic Communications Oklahoma State University 201 Wes Watkins Center Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078 Phone: 405-744-2507 E-mail: | Chief Editor, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia SeanKingston | Series Editor, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies, SeanKingston | Series Editor, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, LIT Verlag

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