Memories and Experiences of Migration: The Balkans and Beyond
23. 10. 2018
Two-day event focusing on visual representations of migration and the role of memory and personal experiences in the understanding of political and social upheavals
7-8 November 2018
Wednesday 7 November 2018
Borders and Crossings on Screen: Young Migrants in Europe
Scotland and Glasgow are famous for their welcoming attitude towards migrants and refugees. Our event especially addresses young refugees and migrants from various parts of the world who have found their home in Glasgow, and who may identify with life stories presented in the films we plan to screen and discuss. The event encourages their participation in discussing experiences of migration, but it also encourages participants to narrate/share their own life stories while focusing on positive and successful ways to integrate while negotiating a new sense of identity and belonging.
La Mécanique des flux (2016, France)
Director: Nathalie Loubeyre
Nathalie Loubeyre’s documentary looks at the current migrant crisis, and the obstacles facing refugees and young migrants who wish to enter the European Union - borders, boundaries and bureaucracy, not to mention unwelcoming attitudes. A stark yet sensitive engagement with the greatest crisis of our times. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session devoted to the topic of young people and migration, sharing experiences of filming migration and combating prejudice and anti-migrant attitudes. The film has English subtitles.
You can watch a trailer here:
Screening is free of charge, but the tickets have to be reserved in advance via Eventbrite. Please follow the link to register:
The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A and a small reception.
Thursday 8 November 2018
Sharing Experiences and Improving Lives: What Can Scotland Learn from 2015 Migrant Crisis Along the Balkan Route
What makes us emphatise with suffering of others? What is the impact of memory and personal experience on our understanding of political and social upheavals? By linking two recent wars, the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and the on-going wars on the territory of Syria and the Middle East in general, this half-day event highlight the role of personal experiences of migration and displacement in portraying large-scale humanitarian crises, a topic which is often overlooked by British media.
Thursday, 8 November 2018, 3.00pm.
Hunterian Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Trapped – Hell is Around the Corner
Igor Čoko’s photographs of life of Middle Eastern migrants in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2017.
Igor Čoko, a photographer and a visual anthropologist from
Belgrade, will talk about his experience of recording the experiences Middle
Eastern migrants who in the winter of 2017 got temporarily trapped in Belgrade
on their way to Western Europe. Igor’s photographs drew worldwide attention to
a looming humanitarian crisis in the
Balkans, which until then went underreported in the international media. In his
work Igor focuses on street life and marginalized social groups, mapping
rapid social and cultural changes in the urban space of Belgrade. In this
narrated exhibition Igor will also reflect on the impact of his own experiences
of being a refugee during the Yugoslav war on this photographic work.
You can learn more about Igor’s work on his official website:
Igor was recently interviewed by Vice: . He is currently editor-in-chief of Grain, a webzine for documentary and street photography:
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
Screening is free of charge, but the tickets have to be reserved in advance via Eventbrite. Please follow the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trapped-hell-is-around-the-corner-igor-cokos-photographs-of-life-of-middle-eastern-migrants-in-tickets-51709756273
Yudowitz Room; Wolfson Medical Building; University of Glasgow; University Avenue, G12 8QQ
Through Our Eyes (2017, UK)
Director: Samir Mehanović
The film has English subtitles.
Through Our Eyes tells a story of the ongoing Syrian conflict from the perspective of a film director who himself was a refugee, and who witnessed the destruction of his own country during the 1990s Yugoslav wars. Through Our Eyes is a compilation of stories of encounters with Syrian refugees in camps, on trains and at the various other sites, with music in the film written and performed by refugees. The film was nominated for BAFTA award in 2017.
The screening of the film will be followed by an informal roundatble discussion about visual representations of migrations with the film director, Igor Čoko, Dr Ben White, Dr Mirna Šolić and Dr Sara Bernard.
can watch a trailer here:
Screening is free of charge, but the tickets have to be reserved in advance via Eventbrite. Please follow the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/through-our-eyes-2017-uk-dir-by-samir-mehanovic-tickets-51710042128
The events are generously sponsored by (in alphabetical order): BEMIS SCOTLAND; Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies; Columbia University Council for European Studies; Glasgow Knowledge Exchange grant; GRAMNet, SMLC Histories and Subjectivities and Writing in Transit Research Clusters.