constructs a transnational architecture for conversations and collaborative research projects between artists, writers, and researchers across multiple global sites. Migratory Times is an online archive and journal that documents and builds on a year long project (2016-2017) by the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects. The project engages artists and researchers in projects and events that emphasize the times and spaces of human migration in and from a Global South perspective. The Migratory Times online space documents these projects while also building on them, inviting new works by artists, writers and researchers. The online sessions last for three months, with the inaugural session commencing on March 8, 2019. The sessions are punctuated by events, including online conversations with artists and authors, and invited commentary on published essays.
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Session #1: Translating Geographies of Displacement
Translating Geographies of Displacement, a workshop in Copenhagen
Translating Geographies of Displacement
A workshop organized by Jane Jin Kaisen and Dalida María Benfield
Convened by Migratory Times, the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects, For More Than One Voice, and at land’s edge
Dec. 9, 2016 12 – 15:00
Blågårdsgade 29 A-E, 2200 København N
How are migratory voices being heard? And where? Who has the right/space to speak? How are we, collectively, responding to the politics of voice in relation to current restrictions on being able to inhabit space and to voice/speak? Sharing ideas and knowledge in multiple dialogical modes, among others a collective performative reading and a cartography of our shared situated knowledge, this workshop will reflect on spaces and rights; displacements and resistance.
This workshop was conceived as a conversation with Geographies of Displacement, held in Los Angeles on Dec. 15, 2016, organized by at land’s edge, an autonomous pedagogical platform based in East and South Los Angeles. at land’s edge nurtures the voices of cultural producers who are committed to social transformation.
Geographies of Displacement asks: How might the gentrification that is taking place in Los Angeles be historicized within legacies of colonialism and related to processes of displacement taking place globally?
We ask: How do these ideas translate to the geographies of our displacements and to the contexts of Copenhagen?
The discussions that emerged from Geographies of Displacement and Translating Geographies of Displacement contributed to Migratory Times, a translocal architecture constructed by the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects to facilitate artists’ projects, research, and dialogues on migration and displacement. Over the course of 2016-17, Migratory Times facilitated learning circles in collaboration with artists, researchers, and local communities as well as through virtual networks.