Culture, Altérités, Médias : Pratiques Contemporaines. Joint with Aislf-RC38

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)

Language: French and Spanish

The present seems to have forgotten the ideals that founded our modern states and citizen’s life : freedom, justice, solidarity, rights, equality are more and more cancelled or misinterpreted in all kind of society, occidental, oriental, northern or southern, secularized or well-structured religiously. Everyday we are overwhelmed by terrorist attack and violent events, but also injustice, indifference, xenophobia, as well as tensions caused by nationalisms; and the economic crisis has strong impacted on these aspects. Furthermore, the mobility is symbolic represented by the flows of migrants, often refugees, that have became the stigma of this general intolerance. How can the culture, especially the cultural practices, contrast the anti-democratic wave that involves power, violence and injustice? In opposition to a widespread representation of migration and mobility, which stresses ethnic conflict, and perspectives that overemphasise the role of integration politics, the city can be works as an inclusion machine on the ground in everyday activities that can improve the dynamics of belonging and peaceful coexistence between newcomers and the established by the way of cultural practices of inclusion, promoted by self-organized migrant association as well as by independent civil society initiatives. In this perspective, sportive events, artistic manifestation, ceremony, festivity and all other kind of symbolic ritualization can improve migrants’, but more widely «others»’, inclusion and can be a response against inequality, xenophobia, injustice.  

We agree contributions that carry out the issues of relationship between cultural practices, migration and inclusion in the context of everyday and urban life.

Session Organizers:
Fiorenza GAMBA, University of Geneva, Switzerland and Sandro CATTACIN, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Daniela FRUMUSANI, Univ. of Bucharest, Romania
Oral Presentations
Raconter Montréal Autrement :Des Récits Fondateurs Au Pluriel
Bob WHITE, Université de Montréal - LABRRI, Canada