• Marco Martiniello, Centre of Ethnic and Migration Studies, University of Liège
  • Wiebke Sievers, Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona



The Standing Committee on Popular Art, Diversity and Cultural Policies in Post-Migration Urban Settings (POPADIVCIT) has emerged from the former IMISCOE Cluster B6 dealing with ethnic, cultural and religious diversity. The Standing Committee was founded in 2010 to explore a field long ignored in migration studies. Although research on immigrant arts has a long history in particular in the field of literature, the focus has mostly been on the content and aesthetics of artistic works, while economic, political and social factors have long been ignored. Our interdisciplinary approach provides new insights into this wide field by focusing on the following issues:

  • Diversity configuration:  How does the cultural production of immigrant minorities change the mainstream local culture, not only in the country of residence but also in the country of origin?
  • Diversity recognition: How is diversity used as a frame of reference and a driver of cultural policy?
  • Diversity participation: Do immigrants have the means to participate in cultural planning and in the implementation of cultural policy? Do they participate in cultural production? Do immigrant artists mobilise in order to change cultural policies?
  • Diversity representation: Are immigrant artists supported by official cultural institutions? Do local cultural policies incorporate immigrant cultural managers?
  • Diversity management: Is there a structural framework in the city mirroring the conceptual nexus between cultural policy and immigrant-related diversity policies?
  • Diversity encounters: What are the concrete effects of immigrant cultural productions? Do they, for example, facilitate the encounter between different populations sharing the same neighbourhood? 



Name  Affiliation
Sabrina Axster Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Carl Bagley Queens University Belfast
Pauwke Berkers Erasmus University Rotterdam
Franco Bianchini Leeds Beckett University
Martijn Brünger  University of Amsterdam
Bernd Clavier University of Malmö
Clelia Clini John Cabot University, Rome
Joe Costanzo University of Geneva 
Amanda Da Silva CEDEM, Liège
Christine Delhaye University of Amsterdam
Birgit Englert University of Vienna
Armelle Gaulier University of Bordeaux
Jo Haynes  University of Bristol
Yvonne Hébert University of Calgary
Mónica Ibáñez-Angulo University of Burgos
Christina Johansson University of Malmö
Martina Kamm Face Migration, Zurich
Asko Kauppinen Malmö University
Jean-Michel Lafleur University of Liège
Peggy Levitt Wellesley College
Siresa Lopez-Berengueres Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, Sciences Po, Paris
Anna Lundberg University of Malmö
Margarida Marquès University Nova, Lisbon
Alessandro Mazzola  CEDEM, Liège
Alejandro Miranda University of Trento
Monika Mokre Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dan(iel)a Pedemonte Bern University of the Arts / Face Migration
Erica Righard Malmö University
Gema Rubio Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Monica Salzbrunn University of Lausanne
João Sardinha University Aberta, Lisbon
Anna Weber University of Geneva/Face Migration
Fatima Zibouh University of Liège


Agenda of activities

Workshop at the 15th annual IMISCOE conference in Barcelona. At the 15th annual IMISCOE conference the standing committee aims to discuss future avenues of interest. For this purpose, we invite our members and other interested researchers to propose papers based on recent research results in our area of interest. Departing from these presentations, we aim to discuss a short- and long-term research agenda for the standing committee. The call for papers can be found HERE.
14-15 December 2017, Vienna: International conference: (Re)Creating the Global Literary Canon

The conference seeks to explore how and under what conditions the canon is successfully challenged. What is it that enables an author from the cultural periphery to ascend from national to global fame? Our approach is consciously interdisciplinary. We bring comparative and world literature scholars in dialogue with sociologists and anthropologists. The conference also involves a public reading.
For more information visit the website 

Output of cluster/initiative/standing-committee activities: (such as panels, conferences, working papers, journal articles, books, research proposals approved-pending)


Conferences, workshops, panels

  • 1 July 2017, Rotterdam: Rap, slam and spoken word: migration, post-migration and super-diversity experiences in sounds, words and images, 14th annual IMISCOE conference
  • 30 June 2016, Prague: Using images in migration research: a mutual exchange between scholars and artists, 13th annual IMISCOE conference
  • 21 September 2015, Barcelona: Inclusion of immigrants in the cultural policy mainstream: Identifying approaches and challenges
  • August 2014, Madrid: The direct and indirect consequences of the economic crisis on immigrant and ethnic minorities’ arts and culture, 12th annual IMISCOE conference, Madrid
  • March 2014, Washington: Immigration and Cultural Policy: Debating new research trends in post-migration studies (Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Marco Martiniello) 
  • August 2013, Malmö: Immigrant incorporation in the arts – immigrant incorporation through the arts (Marco Martiniello and Wiebke Sievers)
  • April 2013, Vienna: Panel on culture at the conference IMISCOE meets Academy: Migration in Urban Contexts (Marco Martiniello and Wiebke Sievers)
  • August 2012, Amsterdam: Artistic separation vs mixing in multicultural cities III (Marco Martiniello)
  • February 2012, Brussels: Artistic separation vs mixing in multicultural cities II (Marco Martiniello)
  • September 2011, Warsaw: Artistic separation vs mixing in multicultural cities (Marco Martiniello)
  • March 2011, Amsterdam: Discussion of eleven city reports (Marco Martiniello)
  • September 2010, Liège: The socio-political mobilization of immigrants and ethnic minorities through popular arts and culture (Marco Martiniello, Wiebke Sievers and Jean-Michel Lafleur)