Netherlands, Groningen

Beyond Horizons - Transmitting and Writing New Identities of Minorities and Migrants in Europe

when 12 June 2016 - 17 June 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 450

This summer school will examine the function and meaning of cultural transfer as an important tool to build up 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 Canadian multicultural society. We will examine the concept of “écriture migrante” in the francophone province of Québec and in France by studying its characteristics and its development from immigrant writing to transculturality. W e will analyze literary texts in which the characteristics of “écriture migrante” as presented in the introduction are further developed.

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. We will also focus on Swedish migrant authors. Which decisions do they make to participate in the new cultural context, and how is this reflected in their literary works? In the final case study current developments regarding the situation of the Frisian community in the Netherlands will be discussed. 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.

Course leader

Dr. Petra Broomans, University of Groningen

Target group

(Research) Master and PhD students (Humanities/Social Sciences/ Philosophy)

Course aim

This summer school will examine the function and meaning of cultural transfer as an important tool to build up sustainable societies. Special attention will be paid to minorities and migrants.

Credits info

5 ECTS
If students participate in all obligitary summer school activities, they will receive 2 EC and a certificate of attendance. Upon completion of a paper (to be submitted 1 September 2016) the students will receive 5 EC.

Fee info

EUR 450: The fee (€450) includes: housing (not for UoG students), participation in the programme, course materials, coffee/tea/lunches, two dinners and two excursions (city tour + formal welcoming reception, visit to Groningen museum).
EUR 250: The fee (€250) includes: participation in the programme, course materials, coffee/tea/lunches, two dinners and two excursions (city tour + formal welcoming reception, visit to Groningen museum).

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