Speaker Series

InTransit series of guest speakers included on Sept 24, Teresa Fiore (Montclair State) with Luciana Fellin (Duke); Nov 8, the European Observatory Panel on Migration; Nov 14, Mary Gaylord (Harvard) with Elvira Vilches (Duke); Nov 29, Hisham Matar, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning author with Helen Solterer (Duke).

Feb 1-2, 2018 Two-day workshop at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

With James Amelang (UA Madrid), Michael Gerli (UVA), Raquel Salvatella de Prada (Duke U.), Sarah Raza (Guggenheim Museum), Laura Weigert (Montclair State U.), Barthélémy Toguo (Artist), and Pierre-Olivier Dittmar (EHESS).

Click the links for videos of The Expulsion of the Moriscos & Spanish Migration Today with James Amelang (UA Madrid), The Expulsion of the Moriscos in Seven Monumental Paintings with Michael Gerli (UVA), Peoples from the East, Monstrosities from the West with Pierre-Olivier Dittmar (EHESS).

How does the history of migration around Europe change when we consider early modern Muslims? When we consider other dispossessed people across French and Flemish territories in premodern times? Migrants from the South to the North, and from the Mediterranean across the British Channel or immigrants from west and north Africa? What are the artistic expressions and engagements accounting for their uprooting experiences? How are we to interpret them when we listen to the past to understand the present, while looking into the present to imagine the past?

The inTransit workshop started to address these questions by bringing together cultural and art historians, artists, and a curator to explore the cases of expulsions and forced movement of peoples in early modern Spain and France, today’s Maghreb and West Africa.

inTransit benefited from an Intellectual Communities Grant from the Provost’s Office, and generous support from the Office of the Dean of the Humanities, the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, the Duke Africa Initiative, and the Puffin Foundation.

Nov 2017 Film Screening: “Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare” (2016)