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Lecturers & sessions

Petra Broomans
Petra Broomans

Petra Broomans is Associate Professor of European Literatures and Cultures at the University of Groningen and visiting professor at the Ghent University. Coordinator of the U4 (Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Uppsala) Cultural Transfer Studies network. She has published numerous articles on cultural transfer with a special focus on gender and minorities such as The Importance of Literature and Cultural Transfer - Redefining Minority and Migrant Cultures'. In: Petra Broomans, Goffe Jensma et al (eds.). Battles and Borders. Perspectives on Cultural Transmission and Literature in Minor Language Areas ( 2015) . She is secretary of the board of the International Association for Scandinavian Studies (IASS), assistant-secretary general to the FILLM-committee and Member of the Advisory Board FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures (Benjamins). For further information please visit her website.
Sessions: Introduction to the Summer School & Sámi Literature: Literary Representation of Language Loss and Revitalization

Jesse van Amelsvoort

Jesse van Amelsvoort is a PhD student at the University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân. His project ‘Minorities, Migration, Mediation’ looks at the role multilingual localised and ethnic minority writers can play in processes of cultural integration. He has studied comparative literature, philosophy and European studies in Utrecht, London, Göttingen and Groningen. He has published in Interventions. Journal of Postcolonial Studies and Journal of European Studies, and an essay on Zadie Smith’s work will appear in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.
Session: Mediating Minorities. Writing in the Age of Anger

Stefan Helgesson

Stefan Helgesson is professor of English at Stockholm University. His research interests include southern African literature in English and Portuguese, Brazilian literature, postcolonial theory, translation theory and theories of world literature. He is the author of Writing in Crisis: Ethics and History in Gordimer, Ndebele and Coetzee (2004) and Transnationalism in Southern African Literature (2009), has edited volume four of Literary History: Towards a Global Perspective (2006) and is co-editor (with Pieter Vermeulen) of Institutions of World Literature: Writing, Translation, Markets (2015). He is currently leading the Swedish research network “Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literatures”, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
Session: Entangled Histories and Critical Method

Pablo Valdivia

Pablo Valdivia is Professor of European Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen. He previously taught Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Nottingham, the Cambridge Villiers Park Foundation (UK National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth) and the University of Amsterdam. His research and teaching areas include Exile Studies; Transnational Studies; theories, policies and literary representations of cultural diversity in comparative perspective; Edition Studies; Film Studies; among others. His current projects include a study on the Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal at both side of the Atlantic with a special emphasis on the relationship between literature and crisis in Southern European and Latin-American countries. Professor Valdivia is the President of the Steering Committee of the Horizon2020 Marie Curie RISE Project “Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal” funded by the European Commission.
Session: Displacement and periphery: a transnational approach to cultural narratives of exile in the Hispanic world

Jeanette den Toonder

Jeanette den Toonder is Assistant Professor of French and francophone literatures at the University of Groningen and Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at this university. Her research interests include questions of identity, autobiography, journey and space in the contemporary francophone novel in Canada. She is particularly interested in migrant writing and the female voice and has published in Voix et Images, Francophonies d’Amériques, Revue d’études canadiennes, Canadian literature and Dalhousie French Studies. She is currently working on a research project concerning m igrant literature/écriture migrante in France, examining traumas of migration, linguistic interference and migratory feminism in contemporary novels published by four female authors from Iranian descent: Chahdortt Djavann, Nahal Tajadod, Fariba Hachtroudi and Bahiyyih Nakhjavani.
Session: Migratory Feminism: Francophone Female Voices from Iranian Descent


Dagmar Reichardt

Dagmar Reichardt is Professor of Media Industry and Head of the Graduate School (Doctoral Program of Cultural Studies) at the Department of International Culture and Media Management of The Latvian Academy of Culture LAC, Riga/Latvia, in cooperation with the Hamburg Media School, Hamburg/Germany.
Book publications: over 50 books edited with German publishers; over 200 further academic books and politico-cultural essays on Contemporary Italian Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; literary translations i.a. of Cesare Cases (1996), Giuseppe Bonaviri (2004) and Pier Paolo Pasolini (2007). Among her main book publications: the trilingual collection “L’Europa che comincia e finisce: la Sicilia” (2006), the academic proceedings “Histoires inventées” (2007) about the representation of French and Francophone history, as well as volumes about literature and cinema (“Letteratura e cinema”; 2014), fashion made in Italy (“Moda Made in Italy”; 2016) and Giovanni Verga (“Innovative Verga”, 2016). Awards: International Flaiano Prize (2007); Medal of Cicero (2009).
Session: The Transcultural Language of "Minority" Cultures: A Case-Study on "Italy" Beyond Borders

Nannie de Graaff

Nannie de Graaff gained a Master’s degree in Scandinavian Literature and Culture at Groningen University. She wrote a Master thesis about first- and second generatio war trauma from the perspectives of a victim and of a perpetrator, based on a comparison of the novel “Ett kort uppehåll på vägen från Auschwitz ” (2012), by the Swedish author Göran Rosenberg, with “ Das falsche Leben. Eine Vatersuche “ (2006), by the German author Ute Scheub. This thesis has focused attention especially on the role of literature as a medium for giving a voice to victims and other witnesses of terror.

Nannie de Graaff is now teaching Terminology & Translation at the University of Groningen (bachelor 2 Translation Studies) and is working as translator and documentalist.

Description of sessions

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Petra Broomans (University of Groningen)

Introduction to the Summer School
Definitions and concepts. During this introduction, the concepts of cultural transfer as well as the various definitions of 'minorities' and 'migrants' will be discussed and historically and politically contextualized.

Sámi Literature: Literary Representation of Language Loss and Revitalization
In this workshop poetry by Sigbjørn Skaaden, Rauna Magga Lukkari, Inger-Mari Aikio-Arianaick and Hege Siri will be examined. In contemporary Sámi poetry feelings of in betweenness, the search for Sáminess and the importance of language for identity are recurrent topics. For the analysis of the poems institutional, societal and individual levels have to be considered. We will also include language politics, gender and the postcolonial perspective in our readings of the poems.

Jesse van Amelsvoort (University of Groningen)

Mediating Minorities. Writing in the Age of Anger
Twenty-first century Europe is marked by a (re)turn to ethnic and cultural markers of citizenship and belonging. Minorities and migrants are the first groups to notice and suffer from this development. In this session, we explore the societal, political and cultural processes that define our current moment, and investigate how minority writers react to them.
In this session, we define these societal, political and cultural developments more clearly. We also investigate how writers belonging to localised and ethnic minorities react to the changes their societies are going through. If our historical moment is characterised by the creation of new groups and the reconfiguration of old ones, how do multilingual minority writers mediate between these groups? Are they capable of bridging various cultural and linguistic divides within and among states?

Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm University)

Entangled Histories and Critical Method
Taking the long view that migration is not just a personal experience, but an outcome of world-historical processes, this session will look at some of its methodological implications. The sprawling field of literary studies, it seems, is increasingly divided between thematically driven approaches highlighting socially relevant issues, and aesthetically and theoretically oriented modes of study that tend to reproduce a form of methodological eurocentrism. Here we will instead approach migration precisely as a matter of literary form, requiring not only flexible modes of “contrapuntal” (Said) and “relational” (Shih, Glissant) reading, but also an understanding of literature itself as a migrating and transformative concept, shaped through ongoing entanglements of historical spaces of experience.

Pablo Valdivia (University of Groningen)

Displacement and periphery: a transnational approach to cultural narratives of exile in the Hispanic world

Professor Valdivia will discuss in his lecture the categorization of some key-terms associated with the notion of exile and he will deepen in the study of the Spanish Republican Exile of 1939 with the special focus on the works and legacy of José Ricardo Morales.

Jeanette den Toonder (University of Groningen)

Migratory Feminism: Francophone Female Voices from Iranian Descent
For many decades, France was the privileged place for the Iranian elite to study in Europe. Most of this elite was francophone, and France was their terrain of political formation. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, the image of France acquires a new meaning, when Iranian intellectuals went into exile primarily in France during the first years of the revolution. In this session we will examine the Iranian diaspora through the female voice by considering a variety of issues such as gender politics, the role of female migrant writers as cultural transmitters, religious representations and national symbols and the (im)possibility of a transnational voice. The case-studies will focus on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel/film Persepolis (2001/2007) and Nahal Tajadod’s autobiographical account Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes (2010).

Dagmar Reichardt ( Latvian Academy of Culture LAC, Riga)

The Transcultural Language of "Minority" Cultures: A Case-Study on "Italy" Beyond Borders
In this unit we will focus on a seemingly European minority such as the Italian culture, pinpointing different aspects of transcultural messages that it still launches around the globe - despite its presumably “minoritarian” (or "secondary") world status today. Analyzing migrant literature and Italophone diasporas, we will try to find evidence for the surprisingly vital and crucial postmodern contribution that Italian culture adds to Western values by considering also non-verbal transcultural languages like the Italophone fashion habitus, iconic semiotics or non-hegemonic music discourses.

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