Research Arcs

During 2018, PARSE is focusing on three separate arcs of research enquiry:

Art and Work

Led by Dave Beech, Valand Academy with editors Marina Vishmidt and Benjamin Fallon and Kirsteen Macdonald.
Art has been integral to recent debates and critical strategies contesting the social imaginary of work. The modernist vision of artistic labour as the paradigm of nonalienated labour has been replaced by the alignment of art with the micropolitics of work and the withdrawal from work. Artists have been regarded as exemplars of both new forms of 24/7 labour and the humane workplace.

This research arc explores the intersection of art and work not only by applying theories of work to art but also testing theories of work through art.

On the theme Art and Work
May 17 Gothenburg, Dialogue: What Does Work Look Like?
May 30 London, Dialogue: The Politics of Work in Art 
May 14 – June 30 Open call for contributions Art and Work

Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art

Led by Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, HSM Academy of Music and Drama. This research arc engages with scholarship, artistic research and creative work related to intersectional feminism, decoloniality and queer studies.

On the theme Intersectional Engagements
Date to be announced, Dialogue: Violence, Desire, and Settler Colonialism – A conversation about Lorraine Hansberry’s play Les blancs
April 18, Gothenburg, Dialogue: Violence and the Archive: Accounts of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
April 12, Gothenburg, Dialogue: Inscriptions of Violence: On Björn Säfsten’s Prologue

Art and Migration. Re-Making the World

Led by Erling Björgvinsson, HDK Academy of Design and Crafts with editors Tintin Wulia, Nicholas De Genova and Mahmoud Keshavarz. This research arc inquires into the embodied, affective, performative, material, visual, and spatial politics of cross-border human mobilities, through arts/design as well as other disciplines and practices. It concerns all the actors involved in these mobilities: the remarkable proliferation over recent years of heterogeneous human migration formations, including labour migrants and people seeking asylum, the border enforcement infrastructures that arise in response to these mobilities, as well as how these infrastructures incorporate market-based/migration industry actors.

It will interrogate these complex alliances, antagonisms, and complicities, analysing or interpreting conditions where (nation-)states’ official infrastructures for border control coexist with migration industry infrastructures for border-crossing and market-based enterprises for border enforcement. These include border control through proliferating physical barricades, militarised policing, multilateral border cooperation, detention camps, deportation dragnets, and new strategies of surveillance; both formal and informal migration industry infrastructures (e.g. the outsourcing of migration visa processing, labour migrant recruitment agencies, remittance services, the rise of transit spaces along migration corridors, forged passport markets, migrant smuggling, amongst others); and private security contractors for offshore detention centres.

Among many other conceivable avenues of inquiry, we will engage with such questions as:
– How are lived experiences of these complex entanglements understood by differently positioned people as expressed in arts/design, activism, migration studies and other disciplines?

– How do people counteract, subvert, circumvent, resist, take charge of the everyday practices of these entangled bordering infrastructures?

– How can artists, academics, activist networks, and other civil society groups work together to challenge new forms of bordering in ways that are socially and intellectually relevant?

On the theme Art and Migration. Re-Making the World
October 19, Dialogue – save the date
January 24 2019, Symposium – save the date.