Symposium at the University of Copenhagen, 23rd and 24th of January 2020

diffractions and the (un-)making of difference: transcultural practices in postmigrant theatre and in school

23rd and 24th of January 2020
Symposium at the University of Copenhagen

The project Transcultural Practices in Postmigrant Theatre and School was designed as a transdisciplinary ethnographic study exploring how difference is performed, challenged, constructed and deconstructed – especially in relation to contemporary practices and perspectives of migration and postmigration – in the two research fields postmigrant theatre and school.
We conclude this three-year-project with a symposium to present and discuss our case studies and research results with our collaboration partners and external guests.
The aim of this symposium is to reflect on our analysis of transcultural practices and to discuss its relevance in current academic and socio-political discourses around migration, aesthetic formation and education. We will also share and discuss the outcomes of our final publication, which is in preparation.
Through the four “stages” of the symposium and its theoretical, performative, transmissive and ethnographic perspectives and analyses, we explore non-essentialist and diffractive ways of thinking constructions and deconstructions of difference. The transdisciplinary cast of the symposium consists of experts from cultural, postcolonial, and gender studies, media and sound studies, sociology and migration studies, and educational studies.

Carla J. Maier
Birgit Althans

University of Copenhagen
Søndre Campus
Karen Blixens Plads 8
2300 København S
Venue: Festsalen in building 16,
ground floor (room 11C.0.08)

Research Project
“Transcultural Practices in Postmigrant Theatre and School – Method Mixing as Transmission”
project members at the Arts Academy Düsseldorf
Birgit Althans,
Elise v. Bernstorff,
Jule Korte,
Janna R. Wieland
collaboration partners at the University of Copenhagen
Carla J. Maier,
Holger Schulze


poster by Janna R. Wieland