How has European visual culture supported the welcoming of refugees in Europe? This article examines the tropes of romance and family in performances at the Eurovision Song Contest and in recent European films, to ask how they encourage or limit the inclusion of asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants in the European polity. Demonstrating the long history of these tropes in colonial fantasies that imagine community on unequal gendered and racialized terms, the article asks whether queer notions of kinship and egalitarian concepts of cosmopolitanism are able to rework this colonial legacy.
Katrin Sieg is Professor of German at Georgetown University, where she teaches in the German department and the bmw Center for German and European Studies. She is the author of three books on contemporary German theater and performance, and has recently completed a book on museums and colonial memory in Germany. Her articles on European popular culture, feminist and queer studies, and migration and critical race studies have appeared in a range of German, theater, and feminist journals.