The international workshop ‘Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State’ examines cultural responses to issues of transit and the place of the nation state in an era of mass international displacement. Its contributions will focus on responses to the current refugee crisis, as well as those which offer a historical or comparative perspective on questions of human displacement and mass migration in the Austrian context.
An extensive public programme of film screenings and discussions has been planned alongside the academic sessions:
Lampedusa in Winter: Film Screening & Workshop
Thursday 31 August, 3:40 – 6pm
Director Jakob Brossmann will discuss his award-winning documentary ‘Lampedusa in Winter’ (2014) which focuses on Italy’s southernmost island community and its desperate struggle for basic infrastructure, as it seeks to support those who arrive there following perilous crossings from North Africa.
Venue: Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS, www.kcl.ac.uk
Little Alien: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Friday 1 September, 6:15, ICA
The director Nina Kusturica will participate in a panel discussion following the screening of her award-winning 2009 documentary ‘Little Alien’ about unaccompanied minors on the journey to Europe. Nina Kusturica was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, in 1975 and has lived in Vienna since the beginning of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovinia in 1992. The ICA panel will further comprise UK cultural practitioners and activists working in related fields.
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London