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La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois
Monday 05 January 2015

The Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture “Les Rencontres” is pleased to announce the organisation of its next conference “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” to be held in Fontenay-sous-Bois (in the vicinity of Paris) from 05 to 07 March 2015. It will be devoted to the topical theme of: “ARTS / CULTURES / MIGRATIONS”.

In a growing context of populist ideas and behaviours as well as inward-looking nationalisms in the European continent, this conference is aimed towards encouraging participants to consider migrations as sources for artistic enrichment and cultural impact for the European societies.

Every country has been characterised by its own migration history. More and more, migrants are becoming fundamental pillars of our feeling of multi-cultural citizenship. Thus, it is necessary to promote a constructive dialogue on cultural differences, emphasizing their value and their creativity, so as to reinforce social inclusion and to fight against discrimination and prejudices.

With this in mind, we organise “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” in collaboration with the Choreographic Development Centre du Val-de-Marne “La Briqueterie” on the occasion of the 18th Val-de-Marne Dance Biennale and in the framework of the European project “Migrant bodies”.

 The partners

- CDC la Briqueterie develops actions at the European level in the framework of the project “Migrants Bodies”;
 - Les Rencontres, Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, groups more than 130 local and regional authorities together. Our association is a tool for defending an idea of Europe: a cultural and social Europe;
 - Fontenay-en-scènes - Culture Department is a member of the association;
 - With the collaboration of students of the University Paris 7 Diderot.

Key Issues

Through this theme, the aim is to comprehend the dynamics and mechanisms included in the relationships between artists, professionals, representatives of the civil society, European researchers and migrations. The theme will covered in the following ways:

- Can art contribute to the evolution of the representations of immigration?
- How is migration approached in art?
- What are the different art forms use to represent the migrating experience?
- Is cultural adaptation a loss of identity for the immigrant?
- Does the work of an immigrant artist necessarily imply a statement on immigration?

Objectives

- Advertise the cultural policies in favor of migrations carried out by local authorities, understand the stakes, strategies, mechanisms

- Create a dialog between culture professionals, artists, sociologists, journalists and historians on their political and artistic experiences of migration

- Show how the policies carried out by local authorities and the works created by artists aim at “changing attitudes” and avoid commonplaces on migration

- Contribute to the idea of a cultural Europe characterized by the plurality of its cultures

- Creating a space for dialog and openness on the various issued linked to migration

- Give voice to various stakeholders of the cultural field in close ties with migration

- Pass on and share a common vocabulary on migration

- Fight against prejudices around the issue of migration