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Arts, Women and Migrations
Organized by Paula Guerra (University of Porto, Portugal) and Maria da Graça Hoefel (University of Brasilia, Brazil)
Migratory processes are a historical constant, despite the variations in their origins and determinations. According to the World Migration Report 2020 of the International Organization for Migration (2019), in the global scenario, the number of international migrants in 2019 reached 277 million, with 74% of migrants of working age (20-64 years). At the same time, several authors and organizations indicate that there is a process of feminization of migration and changing the profile of migrant women. In these transits and flows, gender inequalities persist and remain invisible, as do the particularities of the real symbolic, cultural and social universes experienced by these women in their daily lives in the countries of destination. Nevertheless, migrant women resist and reinvent their lives. They represent a connected and globalized generation, which establishes other forms of social relations, permeated by intense imagetic, artistic and technological languages. The activation of these capitals has allowed the dynamization of processes articulated in networks and crossed by artistic expressions that aim at the confrontation of iniquities, revealing a pulsating aesthetic-political activism that signals expressive potentialities for the evocation of demands of reality and is aligned with the global scenario. In fact, social manifestations around the world highlight the diversity of expressions revealed in graffiti, performances, music, literature, urban occupations, among others, present in countless countries led by migrant women. With this Dossier, we want to highlight artistic experiences and aesthetic-political activism carried out by migrant women considering that their expressions have signaled the potentialities of the arts as devices capable of bringing to light silenced universes and enabling the incessant recreation of identities.
Paper submission deadline: 01/11/2020