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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsBeyond Horizons

Beyond Horizons - Migrant and Minority Literature

Transmitting and Writing New Identities

Dates & location 18 - 23 August 2019, Groningen the Netherlands
Level (Research) Master, PhD
Fees 255 (excluding housing)
500 (including housing)
155 (University of Groningen students)
Academic coordinators Dr. P. Broomans
Dr. J. den Toonder
Contact Nannie de Graaff, MA:

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 5th 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.

"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
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