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.  

For further information on DIVCULT activities, you can contact Elsa Mescoli (Assistant Coordinator) at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The application document describing the aims and functioning of our Standing Committe is available default here (210 KB) .

The current DIVCULT PhD representative (2022-2024) is Joanna Jurkiewicz (Technische Universität Darmstadt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). An overview of the role of the DIVCULT PhD representative is available pdf here (88 KB) .

Names of coordinators

Marco Martiniello

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Wiebke Sievers

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Executive board members (beside the coordinators)

Elsa Mescoli

CEDEM - FaSS, ULiege, Belgium

Joanna Jurkiewicz

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

alessandra venturini

University of Turin, Jean Monnet Chair in European Migration Studies, Italy

Berndt Clavier


Selected publications


Cultural Change in Post-Migrant Societies: Re-Imagining Communities Through Arts and Cultural Activities. Chams: Springer.

New publication edited by Wiebke Sievers. This open access book puts cultural change on the migration studies agenda. It discusses migrants as agents of cultural change and develops approaches to analyse cultural change. Available at this link:...

Special issue on (inter)cultural heritage and migrants' inclusion

Newly published Special Issue edited by Karolina Nikielska-Sekula and Amandine Desille, and entitled “(Inter)Cultural Heritage and Migrants’ Inclusion”, accessible here . With the aim to analyse the cultural heritage engagement of those who migrate, the...

Multisensory Approaches in Migration Studies – online seminar, March, 8th.

We are thrilled to invite you to participate in the online seminar 'Multisensory Approaches in Migration Studies', organized by Amandine Desille and Karolina Nikielska-Sekuła, editors of the 'Visual Methodologies in Migration Studies' volume (2021,...

COCUMINT 2022-23: Consumption of cultural goods as driver of migrant integration

April 2023
April 13 – 28, 2023 Programme and access link available default here ( 4.02 MB ) .

CFP Geographies of Migration and Art: Intersections and Imaginaries, Flows and Controls

Deadline 15/3/2023
Organised by Dr Saskia Warren (The University of Manchester) and Dr Amanda Rogers (Swansea University) Human Geographers have made a sustained, but perhaps under-recognised, contribution to understanding the relationship between migration and art...