Netherlands Institute Istanbul; EUNIC The Netherlands; De Brakke Grond; Italian Cultural Institute; Ondertussen, Castrum Peregrini; Read My World literary festival
The notion of confluence is taken from Ilija Trojanow and Ranjit Hoskote’s book Confluences. Forgotten Histories from East and West (2012). Departing from the idea of a river as a confluence of many, often anonymous side streams, they write: ‘By the time cultural achievements become sufficiently established in public consciousness as to be taught in school, the turmoil of their evolution has been forgotten. The confluences of every culture are concealed, and homogenizing foundational myths are installed in their place.’
We take the notion of culture as confluence here as a starting point for our shared interest as research group in cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, convivenza, conviviality, diversity: the phenomenon of having multiple attachments in a multiplying world, and of cities as spaces where local, national, European and global identity figurations are constantly played out.
More than half of the world population lives in cities today. Our cities are key sites of multi-national, multilingual and cultural co-habitation, marked by complex and shifting realities ‘of (re)attachment, multiple attachment, or attachment at a distance’, defined by Bruce Robbins as ‘actually existing cosmopolitanism(s)’. This interdisciplinary ARTES research group aims to provide a grounded understanding of ‘actually existing cosmopolitanisms’ by:
The research group brings together work in cultural and literary studies, cultural and social geography, history, art history and anthropology. Our key focal points are: discourses and practices of cosmopolitanisms; cities; cultural and artistic imaginaries; cultural policy; urban cultural geographies.
Public events in Amsterdam
Public launch of our research group on 6 October 2016, with writer Ilija Trojanow, UvA, Bushuis, VOC-zaal.
May 2016 and 2017: Amsterdam, City of Exile, two separate exhibitions in Castrum Peregrini (2016) and Ondertussen (2017) with and by undergraduate students, addressing histories and realities of exile and migration in and to the city of Amsterdam.
April 2017 and April 2018 – venue: SPUI25, collaboration with the Read My World festival Amsterdam. Presentations by and public interviews with the curators of both editions, the first dealing with the theme of ‘Black USA’, the second with literature and the arts in and from Turkey.
October 2017: Claudio Magris: Narrating Europe. Writing from the borderland (collaboration with De Balie and IIC).
Academic guest lectures
Europe’s borders: imaginaries and practices. Several of our activities take place under this umbrella project, including Claske Vos’ research about cultural NGOs in the Balkans (Zagreb, Belgrade, Skopje); Lora Sariaslan’s work about cross-border mobility of visual artists in between Turkey and Western-Europe; and a book project by Guido Snel, The Recognizable European: Spatial Metaphor and the Borders of Europe. Monography, to be completed in the course of 2019/2020.
L. Bialasiewicz, "Die Geopolitik der Sichtbarkeit: Grenzen der Toleranz in der Europäischen Stadt," Special issue of Transit ‘Grenzen der Toleranz’ 49 (2016).
V. Mamadouh and L. Bialasiewicz, "Europe and its Others (Introduction and co-editor of Special Issue)", Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 107, no. 2 (2016):129-133.
L. Bialasiewicz and L. Wagner, "Extra-ordinary Tangier: Domesticating practices in a border zone," GeoHumanities 1, no. 1 (2015):131-156.
L. A. Bialasiewicz and L. Sariaslan, “Textures of urban fears: the affective geopolitics of the ‘oriental rug’” in Memory in Europe:(Mis)Representation of Otherness, eds. Ayhan Kaya and Chiara de Cesari (Routledge, 2019 (forthcoming)).
L. A. Bialasiewicz and J. M. A. H. Maessen, "Scaling Rights: The 'Turkey Deal' and the Divided Geographies of European Responsibility," Patterns of Prejudice 52, no. 2 (2018).
M. Van Hout, "The beach as microcosm of a cosmopolitan city: Imagining and experiencing urban encounters at Trieste’s Pedocin beach," Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (forthcoming, 2018).
M. Van Hout, "'Niet weer Triëst' (Trieste, non di nuovo)," Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani, 33, no. 1 (2018): pp.114–119.
L. Sariaslan, “The Art of Migration: Contemporary Visual Artists beyond the Boundaries of Turkey,” Artistic positions and representations of mobility and migration Vol. 4 (Graz: Universitätsbibliothek Graz, 2018 (forthcoming)).
G. Snel, "Andrić and the Bridge: Dispossessed Writers and the Novel as a Site of Enduring Homelessness," in Claiming the dispossession: The politics of Hi/storytelling in post-imperial Europe (Balkan Studies Library; Vol. 19), ed. V. Biti (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 116-127.
G. Snel, "'My dream can also become your burden': Semezdin Mehmedinović’s Poetics of Self-Determination," in The Novel and Europe: Imagining the Continent in post-1945 fiction (Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature ), ed. A. Hammond (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 227-242.
Monica Jansen & Maria Bonaria Urban, "L’Italia «fredda, elegante e ferita» della serie 1992: memoria e nostalgia di un’utopia fallita," in Tempo di serie. La temporalità nella narrazione seriale, eds. Fabio Cleto e Francesca Pasquali (Milano: Unicopli), 185-202.
L. N. Pennings and M. B. Urban, "'Per me il mare è più "blau" che non azzurro o blu'. Un'intervista con Claudio Magris," Incontri: rivista europea di studi italiani 33, no. 1 (2018): 125-134.
C. Vos, "Debating the Reconciliatory use of Heritage. European Post-monumentalism Versus Serbian National-monumentalism," International Journal of Heritage Studies 21, no. 7 (2015): 716-733.