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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Beyond Horizons - Migrant and Minority Literature

Transmitting and Writing New Identities

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.
At the end of this summer school, students will have gained knowledge of and insight in historical, cultural and political contexts of minority and migration studies and will be able to adopt key concepts and a transnational approach in their own field of study.
Practical information

Dates 21 - 26 August 2022
Location Hybrid: online & Groningen, the Netherlands
Level (Research) Master, PhD
Fee online
Fee on-campus

€ 100 (tbc)

Academic coordinators Dr. P. Broomans, Faculty of Arts
Dr. J. den Toonder, Faculty of Arts
Contact Nannie de Graaff, MA: Beyond.Horizons

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.

group at work 2019
group at work 2019

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.

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation (max 1 page)

Application will open soon.

Student satisfaction 9 out of 10

"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

Minorities & Multilingualism
Minorities & Multilingualism
Latvian Academy of Culture
Latvian Academy of Culture
Fondation Erica Sauter
Fondation Erica Sauter
Last modified:18 January 2022 3.24 p.m.