Migrants shaping Europe, past and present

Multilingual literatures, arts, and cultures

Edited by Helen Solterer and Vincent Joos

Migrants shaping Europe, past and present


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6616-6
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: November 2022
  • BIC Category: Cultural Studies, Migration, immigration & emigration, HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal, HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century, HISTORY / Renaissance, Humanities / European history, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, HISTORY / Europe / France, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, HISTORY / Europe / Western, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), France, Italy, Spain, The arts / Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960, 21st Century History: From C 2000 -, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700


This pioneering volume explores the contribution of migrants to European culture from the early modern era to today. It takes culture as an aesthetic and social activity of making, one practised by migrants on the move and also by those who represent their lives in an act of support. Adopting a multilingual approach, the book interprets the aesthetics and political practices developed by and with migrants in Spain, Italy and France. It juxtaposes early modern and modern work with contemporary, reconceiving migrants as crucial agents of change. Scholars and artists track people on the move within the continent and without, drawing a significant map for the cultural history of migration around Europe.


'Highly imaginative in conception and design, this book oscillates between medieval and modern to consider the migrant, the border-breaker, the refugee (lacking the romantic, time-honoured status of "the exile"). Decentring anglocentric approaches, its contributors consider how written and visual arts might variously offer, for those lacking homelands, some place to live.'
David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania



Part I: A premodern cultural history
1 Astrolabe: from 'mathematical jewel' to cultural connector - Pedro M. P. Raposo

Part II: Migrating in Spanish
2 The expulsion of the moriscos: still more questions than answers - James S. Amelang
3 Translating migrant precarity in Rachid Nini's Diario de un ilegal - Anna Tybinko

Part III: Migrating in Italian
4 "The world is my homeland": exile and migration from Ibn Hamdis to Dante - Akash Kumar
5 Superman in Italy: the power of the refugee artist - Saskia Ziolkowski
6 Porta d'Europa: monumentality, entropy and migration on Lampedusa - Tenley Bick

Part IV: Migrating in French
7 Calais enclave: fictions for locking in and opening up - Helen Solterer
8 Calais campscape: a short history of immigration deterrence at the French-British border - Vincent Joos and Eric Leleu

Part V: Arts of migration
9 In Transit: arts of migration around Europe - The Nasher Museum Collective
10 Cornered - Raquel Salvatella de Prada



Helen Solterer is Professor of French and Francophone & Romance Studies at Duke University

Vincent Joos is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global French Studies at Florida State University

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