Beyond Horizons – University of Groningen

Transmitting and Writing New Identities of Minorities and Migrants in Europe

Dates: 18 – 23 June 2017
Deadline for application: 1 May 2017

This summer school will examine the function and meaning of cultural transfer as an important tool to build sustainable societies. Special attention will be paid to minorities and migrants. During the introduction, the concepts of cultural transfer as well as the various definitions of ‘minorities’ and ‘migrants’ will be discussed and historically and politically contextualised.

We will then work on the notion of transculturality and introduce its impact on the global, political and cultural sphere. In order to show how transnational, transcultural and hybrid identities are conceived in theory and practice, we will present an Italo-African case study on cross-cultural settings.

Another example is the multicultural society. We will examine the concept of “écriture migrante” in Europe and beyond by studying its characteristics and its development from immigrant writing to transculturality.

We will also study the different ways of expressing the experience of exile and migration in contemporary Hispanic cultural production (with examples from literature, film and theatre) across different genres in the context of post-dictatorship in, for example Spain, Argentina and Chile.

We will continue by examining the language loss and revitalisation by minority and indigenous writers. Works of Sámi authors will be examined. Institutional, societal and individual levels will be considered, as well as gender.

Examples from  professional market sectors will be given during the course to illustrate transcultural patterns in daily life. The students will give presentations on the final day of the summer school.

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