Appel à communications : Les dynamiques de participation artistique et culturelle contemporaines à l’aune de l’immigration. Regards atlantiques

International Colloquium presented by
the Chaire FernandDumont sur la culture
1719 May 2023, in Montréal (Canada)

Deadline: July 31, 2022

*Full version of this call for submissions here*
In a context marked by major sociodemographic transformations induced by
contemporary migrations, what do we know about the arts and cultural practices of
immigrant individuals and groups? Few current studies on arts and cultural participation
problematize immigration issues, and migration studies tend to focus on the economic,
social, political, or civic dimensions of participation, to the detriment of its cultural and
artistic aspects. Nevertheless, this theme captures the conditions and issues involved in
the pluralization of cultural spheres for all people and organizations involved in the
production, circulation, and attendance at/consumption of arts and culture.

This colloquium, at the intersection of cultural, urban, and migration studies, is intended
to shed light on the dynamics of arts and cultural participation induced by immigration by
combining theoretical angles and methodological approaches and engaging in a dialogue
from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Although fundamental research is essential to a
better understanding of the processes at play, the subject also calls for the mobilization
and sharing of knowledge with the arts and cultural fields. The discussions at this
colloquium will be articulated around the following three axes:

Political Axis: Pluralization of Practices, Institutions, and Forms of Mediation
The themes explored in this colloquium invite us to consider the redefinitions of modes
of participation and of cultural policies, as well as the reconfiguration of art institutions.
In what ways do the arts and cultural practices of immigrant individuals and groups
transform local cultural ecosystems? How do these practices encourage us to rethink the
very notion of arts and cultural participation? How can we understand the issues of
immigrant populations’ access to and inclusion in cultural institutions? What forms of
mediation can highlight other ways of participating in arts, culture, and urban life?

Social Axis: Cultural Socialization and Sociabilities in the Context of Superdiversity
In contemporary societies, superdiversified by immigration, new forms of interethnic and
interracial sociabilities are emerging, as are polarizations and cleavages, for which arts
and culture constitute relevant lenses for observation. What interactions engender arts
and cultural practices in cities with significant immigrant populations? What social
dynamics do arts and culture highlight? What sociodemographic factors define the
boundaries between and within respective immigrant populations’ arts and cultural

Spatial Axis: Territorialization and Scales of Arts and Cultural Practices
Contemporary migrations refer to trajectories that are increasingly varied, as emigrant
and immigrant contexts are interconnected both by individuals’ physical comings and
goings and via the digital technologies now key to transnational movements. So, in which
territories, physical and digital, do immigrant individuals and populations deploy their arts and cultural participation? What transnational connections are sketched out by their arts and cultural practices? What scales should be considered in research on these practices?

Submissions (including last name, first name, status, institution to which the
person is attached, title, abstract of 300 words maximum, and 5 keywords)
should be sent to
This colloquium will be held mainly in French. Some sessions will also be held in
English; we therefore welcome proposals in that language.


Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2022

Announcement of results: Fall 2022

Colloquium: 1719 Mai 2023

Organizing committee

Guy Bellavance, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada

Angéline EscafréDublet, Université Lumière Lyon2, France
Caroline MarcouxGendron, Université de Montréal, Canada

Marco Martiniello, Université de Liège, Belgique

Yana Meerzon, Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Christian Poirier, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada

Comité scientifique

Art Babayants, Bishop’s University, Canada

Xavier Bouvier, Haute école de musique GenèveNeuchâtel, Suisse

Philippe Coulangeon, Sciences Po, France

Nada Guzin Lukic, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada

Laurie Hanquinet, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgique

Sonia Mbarek, Université de Tunis, Tunisie

Elsa Mescoli, Université de Liège, Belgique

Amin Moghadam, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
 Sylvie Octobre, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France

Aly Tandian, Université Gaston Berger, Sénégal

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