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Beyond Horizons - Migrant and Minority Literature

Transmitting and Writing New Identities
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This summer school will examine the function and meaning of cultural transfer of new narratives written by minorities and migrants. We will also study their works as important tools in building sustainable societies. The concept of cultural transfer as well as the various definitions of ‘minorities’ and ‘migrants’ will be discussed and examined in their historical and political contexts.


Topics we will discuss include:

  • Literary representations of language loss and revitalisation by minority and indigenous writers;
  • The reaction of minority writers from a variety of regions and languages to societal, political and cultural processes;
  • Migration as a matter of literary form, and literature itself as a migrating and transformative concept ;
  • Notions of diaspora in relation to their applicability for transnational literary and cultural studies;
  • A focus on different aspects of transcultural messages;
  • Transnational approaches to cultural narratives of exile.

During the 6th edition of this successful summer school, we will focus specifically on minority culture worldwide: from the Sami to Italy (beyond borders), and from exile in the Hispanic world to Francophone female voices from Iranian decent.
We will explore how minority writers react to the societal, political and cultural processes that define our current moment, and look at the methodological implications of entangled histories. On the final day of the summer school participants will give a presentation.

Practical information

Dates & location 16 - 21 August 2020, Groningen the Netherlands
Level (Research) Master, PhD
Fee (incl. lunches, coffee/tea) 255 (excluding housing)
500 (including housing)
155 (University of Groningen students)
Academic coordinators Dr. P. Broomans, Faculty of Arts
Dr. J. den Toonder, Faculty of Arts
Contact Nannie de Graaff, MA: Beyond.Horizons rug.nl
Requirements

This school is designed for (Research) Master and PhD students in Humanities, Social Sciences and/or Philosophy.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

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Workload

The workload is estimated at 40 hours (five days from 9-5 with lectures, workshops, assignments and (paper) presentations).
Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


Housing
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You will stay at Upsilon International Students House. This newly built residence is beautifully located between the city centre of Groningen and the University campus. There is a coffee corner at the main entrance and a rooftop where you can enjoy the sunset. You will have a fully furnished private room, with its own bathroom and toilet. The kitchen/living room is shared with approx. 8 other students, and offers you a place to have dinner or to play a (board) game with your fellow summer school students.

Meals

The kitchens are fully equipped with electric stoves, ovens, fridges, freezers, etc. and of course pots and pans. Please note that food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is not included unless otherwise specified by your summer school. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on meals, snacks, coffee/tea and/or other refreshments.

Conditions

The housing service is optional, please indicate on your online application form if you want to have accommodation arranged for you. If you agree to have housing arranged for you, you will be offered a standard package with the following conditions:

  • Standard rental from Saturday 15 August to Saturday 22 August for € 250 (7 nights). This includes cleaning, bed package (duvet, pillow + linen) and basic kitchen utensils.
  • Check-in is on Saturdays between 2 PM and 10 PM or Sundays between 2 PM and 4 PM. The central summer school office will be there to welcome you.
  • Check-out is on Saturday before 10 AM.
  • Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel within 3 weeks before the start of the summer school are liable to pay the full amount.

Please note that the international student house is a regular home and not hotel-quality accommodation. If you prefer to stay in other accommodation, please make use of one of the many hotels in Groningen.

Application procedure

The deadline for application for the summer school is 1 June 2020. To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Motivation letter, clearly stating why you want to join this summer school, what you will bring to the school and what you hope to learn (max. 1 page)

"The Beyond Horizons summer school was probably the best intellectual event I had during my studies. My advice: Do not hesitate and register for the next year's summer school now :)"
Joanna - Participant of Beyond Horizons IV

Partners
Minorities & Multilingualism
Minorities & Multilingualism
Latvian Academy of Culture
Latvian Academy of Culture
Fondation Erica Sauter
Fondation Erica Sauter
Last modified:07 October 2019 11.27 a.m.