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Summerschool: Beyond Horizons

When:Su 12-06-2016
Where:Academy Building, University of Groningen

12 - 17 June 2016
Deadline for application: 16 May 2016


This summer school will examine the function and meaning of cultural transfer as an important tool to build 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 Canadas 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. We will analyze literary texts in which the characteristics of "écriture migrante" as presented in the introduction are further developed.

We will then continue by examining the language loss and revitalisation by minority and indigenous writers. Works by Sámi and Inuit 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?

The students will give presentations on the final day of the summer school.

Group discussion (photo by Nannie de Graaff)
Group discussion (photo by Nannie de Graaff)