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Migrants’ Integration Experiences in Hungary and Their Institutional-Political Context II. Current Developments

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

MiRG invites you to second part of the presentation of the recently published report on Migrants’ Integration Experiences in Hungary and Their Institutional-Political Context in the framework of  the RISK CHANGE – international collaboration project.

RC's aim is to increase transnational mobility, audience development, digitalization and new sustainable models, on Thursday 22nd we will see whether these are reasonable expectations given the current conditions we face in Hungary and if so, what are the steps to take forward.

This week we will focus on the current developments and the EU related aspects of the project with  Jenna Althoff, the founder of MiRG. Jenna is a PhD candidate in IR here at CEU who has devoted her research on transnational migration governance networks, collaborating with different research centres and participating in several conferences and summer schools all over Europe. At the moment, she is working at Inzentim.

We will also have the pleasure to have Barnabas Bencsik with us, a freelance curator and lecturer, former director of Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary. He won twice the title of „No. 1. of the top 50 most influental people in contemporary art in Hungary”. He has been a leading force of contemporary art since the middle of 90’. Worked for the Studio Gallery, The Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Trafó Gallery, Műcsarnok, MEO, Modem, ACAX, Off Biennale – his story covers the institutional story and cultural policy of Hungary during the last two decades. He has always been dedicated to the international integration of contemporary art of from this culture, and as the director of Ludwig Museum Budapest between 2008-2013, he established a remarkable position for it in the region. He initiated ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange as an independent agency in 2006 and since last October he run a new commercial gallery in Budapest called Glassyard to promote artists from the Central European region who are representing critical artistic positions in this shifting cultural landscape.

On Thursday we will have the chance to know more about the interviews collected in Budapest  for the report, trying to get an understanding of what these tell us about what can be done to promote integration and what has been done so far. Moreover we will get to know more the details of the actual policies implemented in Hungary to foster or impede integration and connection between migrants and natives.