Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change

DIVCULT aims to better understand the relevance of arts and culture in the theoretical and policy debates about immigrant incorporation and diversity in Europe and beyond. Over the last years, artistic activities have found increasing interest among migration researchers because they prove to be a means of moving beyond ethnic differences towards narratives of identity and belonging that are more apt to capture the current post-migrant reality in many cities and countries.

We intend to cover a wide range of artistic and cultural activities in our analyses ranging from music, literature, cinema and theatre to sports, fashion, clothing, design and food.

The idea is to jointly work on the following dimensions: 

  • Theoretical and conceptual issues
  • Methodologies
  • Relevance and social impact

These dimensions constitute the general framework in which the researchers involved can initiate joint research activities, organise workshops and conferences and prepare publications.

DIVCULT builds on previous work carried out in the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Popular Art, Diversity and Cultural Policies in Post-Migration Urban Settings (POPADIVCIT) founded in 2010. POPADIVCIT focussed on the political and institutional framework of immigrant artistic activities, the social relations between all actors involved as well as on their impact in particular in terms of political participation and mobilisation. The work has resulted in several special issues of journals.  

Names of coordinators

Marco Martiniello

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Wiebke Sievers

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Executive board members (beside the coordinators)

Berndt Clavier

Karen Klijnhout

Elsa Mescoli

CEDEM - FaSS, ULiege, Belgium

alessandra venturini

Migration policy center, Italy

Agenda of activities 

IMISCOE Annual Conference 2020 - Online DIVCULT slots: "Immigrants’ cultural participation: why and how to study it?" (Chair: Marco Martiniello), July 1, 14:00-15:30 (CEST); "Do the artistic and cultural activities of immigrants and their descendants change national cultures? A theoretical and methodological reflection" (Chair: Wiebke Sievers), July 1, 15:45-17:15 (CEST). More information and programme available at:

DIVCULT has organized a conference open to all of its members on 30-31 January 2020 in Brussels in order to discuss theoretical, methodological and impact issues connected to the SC topics and to prepare a concrete plan of activities for the coming four years.


25-26 September 2019, Liège: Conference Immigration, Cultural Participation and New Forms of Political Solidarity: Global Perspectives,  

Special issues prepared in the framework of the SC POPADIVCIT:


Scale Shifting: New Insights into Global Literary Circulation

Journal of World Literature, Volume 5 (2020): Issue 4 (Nov 2020): Special Issue: Scale Shifting: New Insights into Global Literary Circulation, edited by Wiebke Sievers and Peggy Levitt This special issue on scale shifting brings into sharper focus the...

Arts and Antiracism in post-migration societies

11 December 2020
An online scientific event organised by the University of Padova and CEDEM as part of the DIVCULT SC activities. The event includes panel discussions and film screening. The complete programme including access links is accessible here: pdf Arts and...

Intertwining research and arts in migration studies: experiences from the field

27 November 2020
An online scientific event organised by CEDEM as part of the DIVCULT SC activities and hosted by the Global Migrant Festival 2020 The research presented in this panel offers the opportunity to study how migrants – and/or people with migrant backgrounds...

CfP Divcult - Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change: panel proposals IMISCOE conference 2021

Deadline 27 November 2020
Panel sessions at the 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Luxembourg, July 7-9, 2021 The DIVCULT Standing Committee aims to contribute to the 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference ‘Crossing borders, connecting cultures’ with the following panel proposals: 1....

New CEDEM website "Artistic expressions & minorities in multicultural societies"

This website wants to be a database for audio-visual data and documents including interview transcriptions and recordings, photo galleries, videos and audio clips, all collected in the context of CEDEM researches concerning the artistic expression of...