Séminaire : « URBAN EXILE Online Panel Series 10.12.2020/ 14.01/ 21.01.2021 »

How can exile and migration be examined under a glocal, urbanistic perspective?

The public panel series “Urban Exile” enriches the theory and methodology of research on exile, cities and modernities. The three sessions are organized by the ERC project METROMOD (https://metromod.net) based at the Institute of Art History, LMU Munich. The panel series takes place as a kick-off for a transnational and transdisciplinary discourse on occasion of METROMOD’s second book “Urban Exile”.

Taking a historical perspective, the online panels focus on dislocations in the first half of the 20th century, when modern movements constituted themselves in global exchange. In cities around the world e/migration contributed significantly to the transformation of urban spaces by forming new communities as well as cultural zones. Experiences of exile by locals and migrants alike shaped the intertwining of urbanity and creative practice. Thematically 1/Sourcing Traces keeps track of exiles’ visual and written legacy. While the panel 2/Placemaking/ Belonging addresses spatial and affective appropriations within exile cities, 3/Mapping/ Spatializing Sites marks territorial movements of in- and exclusion.

Drawing on examples from a wide range of urban centres around the world, contributors from diverse scholarly fields will share theoretical approaches as well as (artistic) research methods relating to the challenges and benefits surrounding the nexus of exile and urban research. In addition, each session will include a lecture by a contemporary artist dealing with exile followed by an open discussion to enable an extended horizon of thinking.


Thursdays, 2-4 pm (German time UTC+1)

14:00-15:00 researcher presentations and artist lecture

15:00-16:00 panel and questions


1/Sourcing Traces, 10.12.2020

Introduction: Burcu Dogramaci, Helene Roth

Address books/London: Julia Eichenberg, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Art dealers/Paris: Maddalena Alvi, University of Cambridge

Artist lecture by Judith Raum

2/Placemaking/ Belonging, 14.01.2021

Introduction: Laura Karp Lugo, Ekaterina Aygün

Photography/Cape Town: Jessica R. Williams, Harvard University

Visual history/Mexico City: Valeria Sánchez Michel, Universidad Iberoamericana

Artist lecture by Omar Berakdar


3/Mapping/ Spatializing Sites, 21.01.2021

Introduction: Mareike Hetschold, Mareike Schwarz

Mapping/Shanghai: Katya Knyazeva, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

City concepts/Istanbul: Seza Sinanlar Uslu, Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi and Merve Köksal, Akdeniz Üniversitesi

Artist lecture by Michaela Melián


The panels will be held in English. Participation is free.

Please REGISTER by sending an e-mail to mareike.schwarz@kunstgeschichte.uni-muenchen.de. A message with the Zoom-Link will be sent to you in good time before the session you registered for.

Convened by METROMOD Team/Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LMU München: Ekaterina Aygün, Burcu Dogramaci, Mareike Hetschold, Laura Karp Lugo, Rachel Lee (Associated Researcher), Helene Roth, Mareike Schwarz

Administration and Assistance: Christina Lagao, Maya-Sophie Lutz


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 724649)

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