Jun 20–21, 2017
Trespassing Europe Summer Institute

10am – 4pm
Centre for Teaching & Learning
FB 630
Faubourg Building
1250 Guy St.
Concordia University

Trespassing Europe  is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research and media arts project that investigates how contemporary processes of mass population displacement, migration, and refugee-ism, as well as the forms of border governance and political posturing they incite, challenge us to think anew about the very idea of ‘Europe.’ Initiated by a group of scholars and media artists now working in three countries on two continents, Trespassing Europe responds to the deluge of images of suffering and deprivation that have, in recent years, flowed out of the Mediterranean region. As these images define and delimit popular understandings of what migration is, Trespassing Europe means to offer a platform where scholars, activists, artists, and researchers can converge to forge new ways of thinking about, and ultimately responding to, the pressing question of how vulnerable populations might be sheltered from the most damaging impacts of displacement.

Ian Alan Paul, co-organizer, preparing for the workshop

The Summer Institute will include presentation of the initial Trespassing Europe platform (which the Institute will seek to transform into a public hub for interdisciplinary scholarship dedicated to refugeeism, migration, and displacement in the contemporary moment), as well as public presentations and discussions by scholars and artists from Canada, the United States and Europe.


Tuesday June 20th

Thomas Nail, The Migrant Image


Krista Lynes, Tyler Morgenstern & Ian Alan Paul, “Introduction to the Trespassing Europe Project”11:30—12:30:

Thomas Nail (University of Denver), “The Migrant Image”


Veronika Zablotsky (UC Santa Cruz), “European Border Regimes and the Figure of the ‘Single Male Refugee’”

Allan DeSouza (UC Berkeley), “Through the Black Country”

Allan deSouza, Through the Black Country

Wednesday June 21st


Bishnupriya Ghosh (UC Santa Barbara), “Image Operations in Europe’s Migrant Crisis”

Suzana Milevska (Politecnico di Milano), “Appropriation and ‘Hospitality’ in the Slogan ‘We Refugees’”


Suzana Milevska, Appropriation and Hospitality in the Slogan ‘We Refugees’

Adi Kunstman (Manchester Metropolitan University), “Politics, Limits and the Dangers of Visibility: Reflection on Responsibilities of Visual Digital Research”




























Breakdown after Day 1

















Day 2: Workshop at Temps Libre



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