Taking as its departure point the use of photographs in a novel by Swedish author Johannes Anyuru, this lecture examines the role of border traumas and memory objects in migration literature with help of border aesthetics. We ask whether published narratives of migrant border-crossing may involve the longer, ‘despectacularizing’ temporalities of cultural memory in diasporic and multi-generational contexts.
Johan Schimanski is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo and at present Guest Professor of Border Studies at Saarland University. Recent publication include Grenzungen: Versuche zu einer Poetik der Grenze (2020) and, edited with Jopi Nyman, Border Images, Border Narratives (2021).
November 3, 2021 at 10 am