• 11 October 2013 - 12 October 2013

    The Congolese Diaspora in Belgium : Imaginaries and postcolonial relations in the artistic field International Conference

    In view of the social, racial and territorial distancing practices against Congolese people, and the migratory policies which never took their arrival and settlement into account, one is tempted to assert that these discriminations are structural and consequently embedded in Belgian society as a whole. Although this hypothesis cannot not be confirmed because of a lack of empirical work in the field, we would like to submit it to the artistic field.

    The questions and topics that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:

    • The place of Belgium within the diasporic geography in religious, cultural (like Sape) or institutional settings (university, NGO, etc.)
    • Representations of Belgium created during temporary migratory periods in Europe (holidays, professional stays, migrations, etc) or within a dynamics of return.
    •  Comparative perspectives on the Belgian (post)migratory situation within the Congolese diaspora.
    • Colonisation and the Belgo-Congolese colonial dispute through a diasporic lens and in the Belgian and Belgo-Congolese artistic expressions.
    • Identity questions in the literary texts written by Congolese diasporic artists in Belgium.
    • Cultural memory of the Congolese diaspora: the Congo as a source of inspiration for Congolese people living in Belgium.
    • Congolese diaspora and intermediality: comics, graphic and visual arts, music, museums. What messages for what audiences?
    • Ghettoization and hybridity within the Congolese community of Belgium.


    Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to congolesediasporaconference@gmail.com by March 25th 2013 with a bio-bibliography.


    Organisation : Véronique Bragard, Sarah Demart, Sarah Gilsoul, Bénédicte Ledent, Fatima Zibouh, Antoine Tshitungu Kongolo, Jean Bofane, Monique Phoba. With the collaboration of la Maison du Livre et le Centre culturel Jacques Franck.


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