Netherlands, Groningen

Migrant and Minority Literature

when 16 August 2021 - 21 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 255

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

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 descent.
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 in which they will discuss a topic borrowed from their field of study within the framework of one or two concepts or theoretical perspectives examined during the week. In a shared presentation a comparative focus is highly recommended.

Course leader

Dr. P. Broomans, European Languages and Cultures
Dr. J. den Toonder, Canadian Studies

Target group

This summer school is designed for (Research) Master and PhD students in Humanities/ Social Sciences/ 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.

Course aim

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.

Credits info

1.5 EC
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.

Fee info

EUR 255: The fee (€255) includes: participation in the programme, course materials, coffee/tea/lunches, two dinners and two excursions (city tour + welcoming drinks).
EUR 500: The fee includes: participation in the programme, course materials, coffee/tea/lunches, two dinners and two excursions (city tour + welcoming drinks) and housing in an international student house