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Date: 29 Septmber - 1 October, 2021

Venue: Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3, France

September 29 

Welcome Cocktail / Apéritif dinatoire

September 30 

Opening of the Workshop 

Panel 1: Setting the Stage for Thanatic Ethics: From Hyperinvisibility to Hypervisibility

Chair: Judith Misrahi-Barak (EMMA / UPVM) 


Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire, Preston / IBAR / MIDEX)  

Invisibility, Fugitivity and Hypervisibilty in Excavating Black Atlantic Lives in the North: Engaging with  the Work and Words of Jade Montserrat 

Panel 2:  Bodies of Water

Chair: Alan Rice (UCLAN)


Ana Cristina Mendes (University of Lisbon, Portugal) 

Atlantic expeditions, the Mediterranean refugee ‘crisis’, and the pitfalls of transhistoricity in  adaptations of Théodore Géricault’s ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ 


Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (University of Silesia, Poland) 

“Saving”, Slavery and Refugees at the Maritime Borders of Europe 



Panel 3: Bodies at the Border

Chair: Marianne Drugeon (EMMA / UPVM) 

Ravinder Singh Rana (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Migrants and migratory spaces: a political and ideological construct


Anja Benedikt (Institute for Social Work and Social Pedagogy in Frankfurt)  

Resistance and Remembrance in Border Art: A Response to the Violence of EU Border Regimes and  Migrant Deaths in Tunisia 


Gwen Cressman (Université de Strasbourg) 

The Migrant Body as Presence and Absence at the Canadian and Mexican Borders

Panel 4: In Conversation with Amine Sabir   

Chair: Yumna Masarwa (School of Art/IAU) 

‘Le Voyage dans la Boîte’  
Film Screening and dialogue with the director Amine Sabir  


October 1  

Panel 5: Representing Precarity  
Chair: Claudine Raynaud (EMMA / UPVM)  

Corinne Duboin (Université de la Réunion)  
Migrant Deaths, Borderscapes, and Necropolitics in Edwidge Danticat’s (Non)Fiction  

Pilar Cuder-Dominguez (University of Huelva, Spain)  
A Thanatic Genre: Crime Fiction and Refugee Vulnerability in Ausma Zehanat Khan  

Mike Lehman (Georgia Tech University, USA)    

Waste, Aesthetics, and Human Rights: Remapping Human Rights from Below in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun  Island  

Panel 6: Burial and Funerary Remembrance
Chair: Thomas Lacroix (Science-Po Paris)  

Yumna Masarwa (School of Art, American College of the Mediterranean / The Institute for American  Universities, Aix-en-Provence)   
The Transnational Afterlives of European Muslims  

Nada Afiouni (Université Le Havre Normandie)  
Evolutions in Muslim burial practices in Le Havre in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic?  

Elsa Gomis (University of East Anglia)   
Between the magical and the sordid. Artistic gestures as funerary rites for missing migrants 

Panel 7:  Respect, Redress and Repair
Chair: Lawrence Aje (EMMA / UPVM)  

Justine Feyereisen (University of Oxford / Université libre de Bruxelles, Fondation Wiener-Anspach)

Black Corpses Matter: The Atlantic Ghosts, a Cosmopoethical Utopia of Repair  

Sabine Broeck (University of Bremen, Germany)

Abjective Violence as White Pedagogy 

Collective discussion and Looking Forward  

Panel 8:  The Body, a site for remembrance, liberation and healing justice 
Chair: Alix de Morant (RIRRA 21 / UPVM)  

Screening of the dance short ‘La visite’ (Dir. Tommy Pascal, 2020)  

A Conversation with Wanjiru Kamuyu about An Immigrant’s Story  

The trailer for An Immigrant’s Story can be found here.

Collected Abstracts


(Coming Soon)

TE Poster Workshop 2 (revised on 31Aug)
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