Er grenser fiksjoner?


Grenser i litteratur og film

mandag 26. september 2016, kl. 16:30

Sal: Nedjma

Arrangør: Universitetet i Oslo, Institutt for litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk.

Inngang: Gratis

Paneldebatt med bl.a. medieskaper og geograf Keina Espiñeira, som sammen med migranter i den spanske enklaven Ceuta i Marokko har lagd “Everyone loves the sea”. Filmen er nominert til European Short Film Awards.


How do novels and films present borders in this age of global contact and migration? Are borders ever real, are they in fact fictions? Where is the border between reality and fiction when migrants and others cross borders? How do we represent migrant experience in an ethical way? Free entrance.

We have invited a film-maker and researcher, along with three literary scholars working with borders, fiction and migration, to discuss borders in literature and film.

We begin by showing the film The Color of the Sea: A Filmic Border Experience in Ceuta, directed by Keina Espiñeira within the framework of a major EU research project on borders, EUBORDERSCAPES.

The Color of the Sea is an extended version of the film We all love the Seashore, which has been nominated for the 2016 European Short Film Awards. The Color of the Sea is a lyrical and reflective film made in collaboration with African migrants waiting to cross to Europe from the Spanish territory of Ceuta on the coast of Morocco. The film gives us an opportunity to ask questions about migrants and the role of fiction – not only in the media, but also in their own lives.

Our panel participants will discuss their reactions to the film together with the audience.

  • How do the choice of media and ways of telling a story affect how we show border-crossings?
  • How can film and literature negotiate the symbolic spaces of border-crossings?
  • How to we tell our own stories of border-crossing and how do we experience other people’s stories of border crossing?
  • Can autofictions in a postcolonial context in Scandinavia tell us something about migration in the Mediterranean today?
  • How do different techniques for crossing between reality and fiction affect the way in which we see acts of migration?
  • Do films and literary works provide an alternative to the media spectacle around border-crossing which we see today?
  • What kind of research is taking place on these borders today?

Keina Espiñeira (Spain) is a scholar and filmmaker. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork from a multidisciplinary approach. Borders have a pivotal role in her work.

Lill-Ann Körber (Oslo/Berlin) is a scholar of Scandinavian Studies at the Universities of Oslo and Bergen with a primary interest in the colonial history of the Nordic countries and their postcolonial relationships with Africa, the Caribbean, and the North Atlantic.

Karin Kukkonen (Oslo) is a scholar of comparative literature with a particular interest in the constant negotiation of the boundaries between literature and life, as stories captivate the imagination of their readers.

Johan Schimanski (Oslo) is scholar of comparative literature at the Universities of Oslo and of Eastern Finland, researching on borders in literature, Arctic literature and literary exhibitions.