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Program 4.1 : Artistic creations, technological exchanges and religious dynamics

- Researchers : K. Argyriadis, G. Bonacci, J. Mallet, N. Puig, M. Timera, De. Vidal, Dom. Vidal
- Doctoral students : K. Maenhout, A. Rakotomalala

Artistic creations will be of interest here, in particular when they are the work of people or of artistic milieus in circulation : migrants, exiles, ethnicized and racialized minorities, etc. We will consider relocalized and multi-localized productions and practices, but also artistic productions of which certain have the explicit aim of maintaining a memory or of constructing an identity, as is the case through many forms of music, theater, poetry, literature, sculpture and architecture throughout the world.
However, we will not neglect those forms that, on the contrary, endeavor with equal just as explicitly to escape such forms of identification. And we will also consider the decisive but still often insufficiently analyzed links between globalization and patrimonialization. The description of cultural creations will thus tend to show how these objects create and represent worlds, even while manifesting the tensions that are unique to exile, migration and circulation.

This program will also examine the way that technologies circulate and how they are gradually reinvented as they are reappropriated, in particular in the global South. A special interest will be paid to the analysis of unprecedented or little studied modalities of circulation, whether in regards to new forms of collaboration in which emerging countries play an increasingly fundamental role ; the manner by which modes of technological innovation associated with local context externalize and relocalize themselves ; the modalities by which migrant experience are marked by the diffusion of the internet among the working classes in the countries of the global South, encouraging the organization of virtual social connections and practices of digital self-representation.

Finally, the program will examine the productions, practices and exchanges of religious nature in the transnational and diasporic spaces of migrants. On the one hand, we will study the development of markets for ethno-religious productions (translations of sacred texts, conferences, sermons, narratives in literary or audiovisual form) and the way that they contribute to the construction of a collective “we”. On the other hand, an emphasis will be placed on the development of exchanges of a religious nature by analyzing in particular the question of the meaning given to religious practices in a transnational context.

These questions will be addressed through the following studies :

- Ritual arrangements and reinterpretations of the meaning given to religious practices in a transnational context : La Havana and Veracruz (K. Argyriadis)
- Cultural, institutional, and religious panafricanism : reggae, from black diaspora to urban youth in Africa (G. Bonacci)
- National and transnational diffusion of localized music : tsapiky in Madagascar (J. Mallet)
- Rap, slam and électro : emerging music and new socialities in Palestinian worlds (N. Puig)
- Circulations and ethno-religious productions in transnational and diasporic space among Soninke migrants (M. Timera)
- Circulation and appropriation of ‘new’ and ‘traditional’ technologies in the contemporary world (Denis Vidal)
- Uses of the internet in relation to migratory experiences in Brazil (Dom. Vidal)

Doctoral theses in progress : Reconfigurations of Bolivian Catholic religiosity in situations of migration (K. Maenhout) ; Transformation of funerary rituals in Madagascar (A. Rakotomalala)