Cluster 6: Arts and Culture

Migration and mobility influence arts and culture deeply. All artistic and cultural works contain a multitude of migration stories. Artefacts migrate and travel while cultural and aesthetic concepts are dynamic and mobile. Moreover, arts and culture can offer opportunities for participation and inclusion for migrants as an important building block for personal and collective identity constructions. Arts and culture offer a venue  to confront and even subvert normative societal concepts thereby challenging them. However, like many other social segments, arts and culture can also be characterized by exclusion and inequalities in power, participation, and representation. Patterns of intersectional discrimination and racism, resulting in the marginalization of immigrants and people of color can be seen in artistic and cultural production as well as in its reception and distribution.
This MML cluster focuses on topics including, but not limited to:

  • To what extent do mobility and migration help to set existing conditions in arts and culture in motion by problematizing, challenging, but also inspiring changes?
  • Inequalities and invisibilities in the institutional area of arts and culture – how to implement migration-related diversity in arts and culture organizations and cultural policy?
  • Music and Migration: Theories and Methodologies (Music and Migration: Handbook for Theories and Methodologies;
  • The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi-Europe in Britain (