Transculturality, Postmigration, and the Imagining of a New Sense of Belonging

  • Anne Ring Petersen (Author)


This article submits that postmigrant and diasporic perspectives can be used to broaden and refine the transcultural approach. It explores how the concept of the diasporic imaginary can be brought into a productive interplay with another key concept in the discussions on art, culture, and global migration: the concept of postmigration (das Postmigrantische). This concept holds that European societies are currently struggling to learn how to accommodate the frictional cultural diversity inherent in what recent scholarship has designated “migration societies” (Matejskova and Antonsich) and “postmigrant societies” (Foroutan). The article relates this overarching discussion to the study of contemporary art in public spaces. Seeking to provide an alternative to national frameworks for understanding community and belonging, this study asks: How would our understanding change if the diasporic and the postmigratory were imagined as the very conditions of possibility for narrating collective identities today? Furthermore, how can art contribute?


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Academic discipline and sub-disciplines
art history, cultural studies, migration studies, transcultural studies
Contributor or sponsoring agency
the Novo Nordisk Foundation grant NNF 19OC0053992
Type, method or approach
Transculturality, postmigration, das Postmigrantische, diaspora, nationalism, the diasporic imaginary, the postmigrant imaginary, collective identity, contemporary art, public space, collective identity, belonging.
How to Cite
Petersen, A. R. (2020). Transculturality, Postmigration, and the Imagining of a New Sense of Belonging. The Journal of Transcultural Studies, 11(1), 1–33.