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PARSE now welcomes contributions on art and migration – Call for Articles

PARSE now welcomes contributions on art and migration – Call for Articles

PARSE now welcomes contributions on art and migration – Call for Articles

Deadline: 7 October 2018


The editors of PARSE, a Swedish platform for artistic research, now welcome contributions exploring the embodied, affective, performative, material, visual, and spatial politics of cross-border human mobilities, through arts/design as well as other disciplines and practices. Works will be published in “Art & Migration. Re-Making the World: Human Mobility, Border Violence, and Security Markets.”

This PARSE research trajectory focuses on the complex entanglements and confrontations of human mobility (especially that of migrants and refugees) with states and the proliferation of market-based actors (from “smugglers” to private security enterprises), and how these encounters both facilitate and restrict the motilities of peoples and their knowledge and values.

Among many other conceivable avenues of inquiry, PARSE invites contributors engaged with such questions as:

  • How are lived experiences and the concepts of border policing, securitization, immigration and asylum controls (including detention and deportation) understood by differently positioned people as expressed in the visual arts, activism, design, theatre, music, literature, or migration studies and other academic disciplines?
  • What are productive ways of making visible or interrogating border violence and the intensification of state and extra-state forms of border securitization?
  • How do private firms shape today’s migration policies by designing and marketing social-material conditions, techniques, and technologies that aim to control the mobility of people, knowledge, and goods?
  • How are people counteracting, circumventing, subverting, or resisting the everyday production and enactment of border and immigration control technologies and practices?
  • How can artists, academics, activist networks, and other civil society groups work together to challenge new forms of bordering and border violence in ways that are of societal as well as intellectual relevance?


The deadline for applications is 7 October 2018.

Parse encourages experimental forms of research publication including artistic research and practice-led research, and invites academic research articles (6000 – 8000 words), essays, creative writing, all forms of graphic visualization, photography, audio work, videos, interactive work and other creative works.

Contributions will be published online. All contributions will pass through an open peer review process.

Complete works should be submitted via the form here. Please add an abstract in the notes section of the form.

To read the call for articles and for more information about PARSE, please click here

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