University of London Institute in Paris
9-11 rue de Constantine
Join us for an evening of reflection and creation under the theme of Missing Persons - Lost and Found in Paris.
This exhibition will draw on photos, images, and stories which explore the connections and contradictions found within the place names of Paris: their histories, modern resonances, and the diverse meanings that they generate for the migrants making their way to and through these areas. In particular, the event invites guests to reflect on the challenges and resources that can be deployed for those who have been displaced and are trying to find themselves in a radically strange and potentially hostile environment.
Refreshments will be served.
Organised by the Paris Centre of Migrant Writing and Expression as part of the annual Being Human Festival of the Humanities, the event will draw on material that has has been produced as part of a series of workshops run throughout the autumn with a group of asylum seekers and local secondary school pupils.
Street names and transport stations are often the first words of a foreign language to find their place in the daily speech of recently arrived migrants. Sometimes these names are familiar and meaningful long prior to arrival. This is the case today for the Parisian districts known as La Chapelle and Stalingrad, key rallying points for people fleeing fear and deprivation all around the world, known for the camps where support may be found, or a compatriot, a missing brother – an anchor in a sea of the unknown.
Read more about the project on our blog.