Migration, Urban Cultures and the Arts (2020-2021)

This project team examined the relationship between migration, urban development and cultural production, as observed through artistic production. Team members engaged with primary sources and existing datasets to investigate the the impact of migration on local visual cultures, as well as the social, political and regulatory reactions to these changes among immigrant and non-immigrant populations. Specific case studies focused on the Eighty Years' War and its effect on artist migration in the Low Countries as well as communism and artistic migration in the Soviet Union, Albania and Hong Kong.

Team members gained training in conducting data-driven research at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences. Research findings were summarized and visualized using Tableau.

This project built on the work of the Duke Art, Law and Markets Initiative (DALMI).


Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Team Outputs

The Eighty Years' War and its Effect on Artist Migration in the Low Countries

This Team in the News

From Duke to the United Nations: Building Links Between Art and Migration

Duke Professor Leads Ample International Collaboration to Research a More Inclusive, Bias Free and Data Driven Art History

These Ph.D. Graduates Leveraged Bass Connections and Other Interdisciplinary Opportunities


Image: Latvian National Library - Riga, by TeaMeister, licensed under CC BY 2.0


Team Leaders

  • Kaylee Alexander, Arts and Sciences–Art, Art History and Visual Studies–Ph.D. Student
  • Fiene Leunissen, Arts & Sciences-Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
  • Hans van Miegroet, Arts & Sciences-Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

/graduate Team Members

  • Felipe Alvarez de Toledo, Art and Art History-AM, Art and Art History-PHD
  • Yanping Ni, East Asian Studies-AM
  • Romina Damini, MIDP 2 Year Masters

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Charles Colasurdo, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
  • Christina Zhang, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Elyse Demas, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Grace Gao, Computer Science (BS)
  • Jennie Ya-Ren Wang, Economics (BS)
  • Gautam Iyer, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Hannah Long, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Ian Acriche, Political Science (AB)
  • Joshua O'Donovan, Political Science (AB)
  • Yijin Chen, Economics (BS)
  • Elif Tunaboylu, Economics (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Anne-Sophie Radermecker, Arts & Sciences-Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
  • Lee Sorensen, Duke Libraries
  • Joel Herndon, Duke Libraries

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Stoyan Sgourev, ESSEC Business School
  • Filip Vermeylen, Erasmus Universiteit
  • Kathrin Wagner, Liverpool Hope University
  • Anna Ancane, Latvian Academy of the Arts
  • Sabina de Cavi, Universidad de Cordoba
  • Sandra van Ginhoven, Getty Research Institute