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Seminars, Trips, Networking Events and Workshops

You will find details of events as well as webinars and videos of our seminar series and workshops here.

Politics of Exhaustion: Entanglements of violence, control and resistance in Europe’s borderlands

Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries, King's College London
Webinar - Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 17:00-18:00 GMT

Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries joins us to present her work on migration in Europe, including a screening of her video short Migrant Agency and the Moving Image.

This presentation and video screening focuses on the politics of exhaustion in migratory spaces of transit in Europe. Politics of exhaustion refers to the ways in which exhaustion is employed as a tool of governance to control people forced to (not-)move and how it is endured and resisted as a lived experience. It highlights the violent impacts of the management of movement; its accumulated effects over time and across spaces. The short video screening shows these practices at play in the informal migrant spaces in Northern France. Drawing on intersectional scholarship, the presentation will also discuss how strategies of exhaustion are disrupted and resisted by migrants and those supporting them, even though these struggles often remain closely entangled with violent bordering practices.

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The individual odyssey in Theo Angelopoulos’ Trilogy of Borders: Languages, translation, silence

Dr Adriana Şerban, Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3
Webinar - Wednesday 17th February 2021, 17:00-18:00 GMT

In this talk I will offer a few reflections on the question of journeys and border-crossings in Greek filmmaker Theodoros Angelopoulos’ Trilogy of Borders: The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), Ulysses’ Gaze (1995) and Eternity and a Day (1998), and their subtitled translations into French and English. I shall focus on individual odysseys without attempting any generalisations in terms of what they may reveal about collective identities, which I find problematic for reasons I shall attempt to outline. Angelopoulos is a poet of the screen whose works of art are vehicles of discovery; he created an aesthetics of the journey which always involves languages, or silence, or both at the same time. Translating this kind of cinema is a poetic experience and a journey in its own right. But where does the road go?

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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studying Migration

Dr Eleanor Paynter, Cornell University
Webinar - Wednesday 10th February 2021, 17:00-18:00 GMT

This two-part talk is intended to offer openings for a discussion of how interdisciplinary approaches shape the production of knowledge in the field of migration studies. In the first part, I present my work on testimony as an interdisciplinary approach to migration studies. Here I focus on my current book project, Emergency in Transit, which explores the coloniality of migration "crises" through narrative, literary, and ethnographic study. In the second part of the talk, I share reflections from the classroom, thinking more broadly about teaching migration across disciplines. I draw especially from a recent course launched through Cornell's Migrations initiative, which approaches migrations as global, multidisciplinary, multi-species phenomena. More generally, this webinar aims to spark fruitful discussion with participants about the borders and discipline(s) of migration studies.

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Teaching practices: Approaching international HE through lecturers’ experiences

Dr Hanne Tange, Aalborg University
Webinar - Wednesday 27th January 2021, 17:00-18:00 GMT

As a concept, ‘Teaching practices’ describe both the actual pedagogies adopted by academics engaged in the act of lecturing and the process of academic socialisation through which actors new to a particular academic programme, discipline or institution acquire the practical knowledge that distinguishes ‘good’ teachers and learners from those who ‘deviate’. In the talk I will explain how ‘teaching practices’ can be used as a starting point for theoretical and empirical work in the field of international HE. Arguably, this places academic staff at the centre of institutional internationalisation processes, acknowledging how their practice is simultaneously constituted by and constituting macro-level developments such as globalisation, academic migration and ‘Englishisation’ of research and education.

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Querying internationalisation: The working lives of migrant academics in the UK

Dr Toma Pustelnikovaite, Abertay University
Webinar - Wednesday 20th January 2021, 17:00-18:00 GMT

The UK is regarded as one of the ‘centres’ of international academic mobility. The number of migrant academics in the UK has indeed been increasing over the last four decades, and currently academics from abroad comprise a third of UK’s academia (Lenihan and Witherspoon 2018). This presentation will explore the reasons why the number of migrant academics in the UK is growing, and the implications of this growth for the academic profession. Drawing on data from 62 interviews with migrant academics in the UK, this presentation will suggest that the number of migrant academics may be increasing because migrant academics get ‘stuck’ in the UK rather than because of good career opportunities. The increasing number of scholars from abroad threatens academia’s status quo, and the profession adapts by limiting the degree of migrant academics’ inclusion. This presentation will thus demonstrate nuances underlying the influx of migrant academics into the UK, and qualify claims about the complete internationalisation of academia.

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An exploration of the psycho-social challenges of Muslim men in the UK in the age of Islamophobia

Durali Karacan, Brunel University London
Webinar - Wednesday 13th January 2021, 17:00-18:00 GMT


Islamophobia is a widely encountered contemporary phenomenon with many different patterns around the Western world. It influences Muslims in economic, social or public life and impacts negatively on their psychological health, family relations and daily lives, consequently damaging the social cohesion of the whole of society. The present study seeks to elicit information about the experiences of Muslim men in England (London and Birmingham) and to explore the complex and multidimensional challenges that they face. Specifically, it explores how their identity principles (continuity, self-esteem, self-efficacy and distinctiveness) are affected by their lived experiences and challenges (e.g. threats to their identity).

Theoretical Framework

The phenomenon of Islamophobia is widely studied in the social sciences and lies at the crossroads of several disciplines such as psychology, social psychology, sociology, history, geography, politics, criminology, migration studies, minority studies, religious studies, gender studies, men studies, etc. The researcher here adopts an interdisciplinary approach drawing on social psychology and men studies (masculinities).

The researcher applies the Identity Process Theory (IPT), Connell’s Theory of Masculinity and Crenshaw’s Theory of Intersectionality to explore how the various identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigrant status and class may present challenges to Muslim men in the UK in the age of Islamophobia. IPT seeks to elucidate and predict how individuals and groups respond to psychological threats, particularly threats to identity (Cinnirella, 2014: 255). A threat to identity emerges when the processes of assimilation/accommodation are irreconcilable with the principles of continuity, distinctiveness, self-efficacy, and self-esteem (Timotijevic & Breakwell, 2000: 357). The researcher applies IPT to identify how Islamophobia and other social factors may threaten the distinctiveness, continuity, self-esteem, self-efficacy, belonging, meaning and coherence principles of Muslim men’s identities and engender shifts in their identity.


The study employs Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to shed light on the nature of Muslim men’s challenges in the UK. It uses semi-structured qualitative interviews to elicit information on the lived experiences of Muslim men in London and Birmingham who differ in their backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences, religiosity levels, understandings of Islam and social status.

The study uses interviews with 24 Muslim men drawn from three national groups; Pakistani, Somali and Algerian, which are selected for the following reasons. Firstly, the religiosity levels of these groups vary in terms of religious practising, loyalty to religious orders, dress codes and worldviews (secularism, political ideologies, etc.), which may affect their stance on Islamophobia. Secondly, their cultural background, lifestyles and level of participation in society differ, which may influence their experience of Islamophobia. Lastly, the researcher uses intersectionality theory (Crenshaw, 1990) to examine each group’s overlapping identity experiences and the challenges that they create.

Research Questions

The study explores what kinds of identity-related challenges the participants have experienced in the UK and how these challenges and other lived experiences affect their identity principles (continuity, self-esteem, self-efficacy and distinctiveness) and otherwise shape their thoughts, understandings and behaviours. It further explores how they socially and locally construct their masculine identities by examining how they apply locally hegemonic masculinities in their discourses and in-group, out-group and inter-group relations. Finally, it explores whether and how the interaction of their social locations and overlapping identities creates overlapping disadvantages and challenges for them and whether and how they develop coping strategies in response to challenges, such as re-evaluation tactics like strengthening their religious identity or foregrounding a particular aspect of their identity.

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Queering Multilingualism

Dr Tommaso Milani, University of Gothenburg
Webinar - Wednesday 9th December 2020, 17:00-18:00

Dr Tommaso Milani joins us for a discussion of his joint book chapter Queering multilingualism and politics: Regimes of mobility, citizenship and (in)visibility (Milani & Levon, 2017). We encourage attendees to read this text prior to the webinar. To obtain a copy, please contact us at

Multilingualism research has grown exponentially over the last three decades and has offered important insights into the complex psycho- and neurolinguistic, educational and sociolinguistic dimensions of the interplay between different languages in individuals and societies. Interestingly, however, the role played by sexuality in relation to multilingualism has remained somewhat unexplored in multilingualism research (see however Cashman 2017 for a notable exception). Against this background, the purpose of our chapter is to partially fill this gap by queering multilingualism. With the help of examples from a variety of contexts, this webinar will outline what a queering of multilingualism entails theoretically, methodologically and analytically.

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The Gay Anthology: Translation, Identity and Homonationalism

Prof Brian Baer, Kent State University, USA
Webinar - Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 17:00-18:00

This talk situates the emergence of the gay anthology within the history of the anthology as a genre. Situated between monolingual anthologies, often associated with national literary traditions, and translation anthologies, often associated with world literature, the gay anthology paradoxically promotes an identitarian or minoritarian model of identity while also arguing for the universality of homosexuality, hence the very visible presence of translations in these anthologies. This talk explores the tension between these two paradigms as an unsettling queerness at the very origin of the gay liberation movement.

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Youth Values and National Identity in the Balkans

Dr Tamara Pavasović Trošt, University of Ljubljana and Dr Danilo Mandić, Harvard University
Webinar - Wednesday 25th November 2020, 17:00-18:00 GMT

In their volume Changing Youth Values in Southeast Europe: Beyond Ethnicity (Routledge, 2018), Tamara Trošt and Danilo Mandić examined the extent to which ethnic and national values and identities were still the overriding focus in the lives of the region’s youth. Using intra-national and international ethnographic comparisons of youth populations of the Western Balkans, the authors tackled the questions of; which identities matter to youth in SEE? Is ethnicity still a dominant lens through which they view the world? What shapes the cultural, political and ideological values of young people living in Southeastern Europe? In this MITN webinar, Dr Mandić and Dr Trošt revisit these important questions, particularly reflecting on the role played by history and memory in crafting youths' ideas of ethnic belonging, and commenting on the dynamics of ethnic identity politics in relation to recent developments in the region, such as the migrant "crisis" and Covid-19.

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Brasiguaios: Transnational Lives and Identities

Dr Marcos Estrada, University of Warwick
Webinar - Wednesday 18th November 2020, 17:00-18:00 GMT

Dr Marcos Estrada joins us for a screening and discussion of his award-winning documentary film 'Brasiguaios: Transnational Lives and Identities'.

Trailer accessible here:

Still from documentary showing sign reading

This documentary presents the stories of group of Brazilian returnees from Paraguay, whose migration experiences and identities spans across both countries, hence Brasiguaios (Brazilian + Paraguay). Individuals in the “‘Brasiguaios landless camp”, located approximately 100 kilometres away from Paraguay, present how their migration process is deeply influenced by the pursuit of land for agricultural production in Brazil and failure to succeed economically in Paraguay.

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Teaching Multilingualism: Bridging theory and practice

Dr Shawn Gonzalez, Princeton University
Webinar - Wednesday 14th October 2020, 17:00-18:00

Streaming of Recording & Live Discussion - Wednesday 28th October, 9:00-10:00

Researchers in fields like sociolinguistics, education, and ethnic studies have convincingly exposed problems of language discrimination in higher education. However, even instructors with research interests in multilingualism face significant challenges to implementing change in the classroom. This seminar considers the contradictions of teaching multilingualism in literature and composition contexts and how they relate to challenges in other academic disciplines. Through this conversation, we will explore opportunities for early career researchers to leverage their research for equity in their own classrooms.

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Turn-taking, Trust and Rapport in Virtual Team Meetings

Dr Sophie Reissner-Roubicek and Brianna Falconer-Nash
Webinar - Wednesday 8th July 2020

Preparing students for a world in which virtual is the “new normal” aligns with the academic goals that many of us and the universities we teach and research in have been pursuing for some time. Namely, to foster in our graduates the “ability to work collaboratively in teams of people from different backgrounds and countries”, the highest-ranked competency in Diamond et al.’s (2011) survey of global employers. This has increasingly come to mean working in different countries at the same time. As such, to foster the intercultural skills needed to function effectively in a globalising world, integrating some structured experience of virtual team communication is now essential. This presentation reports on the approaches, affordances and outcomes of three initiatives conducted in different disciplinary contexts. The aim is to show how participative pedagogies underpinned by insights from applied linguistics and importantly, informed by an understanding of the discursive turn in research on teamwork and leadership, have great potential to deepen student engagement and learning from such experiences. Trust, for example, is a hot topic in the literature on global virtual teams, but has mainly been researched from a psychological perspective. Equally valuable as exploring discursive strategies to promote rapport, and build trust, is the opportunity to experiment with different turn-taking patterns (Byrne & Fitzgerald, 1996) and reflect on how and in what ways these are disrupted by the virtual context. Trust, and turn-taking, while seemingly disparate, are both implicated in participative (in)equality and, it is argued, differently influenced by cultural orientation, so making students aware of how and why this can lead to the marginalisation of team members is particularly important. Part of this awareness is coming to understand the impact of one’s own communication.

The first initiative involved three student teams in three different countries, in a one-off funded project. The second and third involved a curriculum activity that has been running for the last four years with undergraduates on a 10-week module and postgraduates on an intensive 1-week module respectively, in each case entailing three diverse teams connecting from different rooms on campus. Evidence of the outcomes of these initiatives are presented variously in the form of written comments, comments captured in debriefing the activity, and insights from reflective essays in which participants discussed the implications of these experiences for virtual teamwork and leadership.

We will also report back on the IACCM Global Virtual Conference: LOST IN CONNECTION? Global Virtual Teams in Research, Higher Education and Business (June 26th)

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Multilingualism Event

MITN photo competition – Can you capture Multilingualism?

Showcase and Announcement of Winners

Followed by a Webinar

Games Without Frontiers:
Multilingualism and Interdisciplinarity in Problem-Based Learning
Dr. Bryan Brazeau, SFHEA, FWIHEA, Senior Teaching Fellow, Liberal Arts,
Webinar - Tuesday 2nd June 2020

This talk explores how multilingual pedagogy may be successfully employed in an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning environment. Discussions of multilingual pedagogy often focus on second-language acquisition or on classrooms with students of mixed linguistic backgrounds. Building on such knowledge, this talk explores how we might activate elements of multilingual pedagogy in an interdisciplinary environment. Both approaches emphasize encouraging students to activate prior knowledge, to sound out the limits of their own understanding, and to engage with concepts (both linguistic and disciplinary) outside of their comfort zone. When applied within a problem-based learning environment, the combination of interdisciplinary and multilingual approaches fosters the development of intersubjective spaces that break down barriers, demonstrating what the French philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, refers to as “linguistic hospitality.” This talk will explore the above approach from both theoretical and applied perspectives, using in-class examples drawn from modules taught within Warwick’s Liberal Arts degree course.

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What language skills do you need for working in Sweden? Migrating, manual workers’ professional language practices at construction sites

Linda Kahlin & Hedda Söderlundh

Wednesday 13th May 2020, 12:30-13:30, Webinar
In the public debate in Sweden it is often claimed that knowledge of the national language Swedish is needed for getting a job in the country. At this webinar we would like to question this statement by looking closer at intra EU migrants’ professional language practices in Sweden. Using as a starting point the framework of language as resources (Pennycook 2018) we discuss how manual workers from Poland, Estonia and Ukraine go by without skills in Swedish. The results from the busy construction sites provide an opportunity to problematize the role of language in the manual working life and discuss boundaries between different linguistic codes at multilingual workplaces. We would also like to discuss the role of language skills at these manual working places in contrast to other professions (e.g. in the health sector) that require more communicative work. However, we also point out the consequences that lack of Swedish may have for the workers as individuals and as professionals. In what situations is language a necessary work tool and when is it not?
To join our Zoom webinar, please contact us before 12:30 and we will provide you with the details for logging in. It would be useful to let us know in advance if you intend to participate in order to organise the logistics of the meeting.
Many thanks to Hedda and Linda, and those who joined the seminar. Screen shots below

Digital language learning with Arabic speaking migrants

Linda Bradley, Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg

Catering for the sizable number of migrants who have come to Europe from the Middle East is a huge challenge. Two areas that are mentioned as specifically important in terms of integration are learning the language and finding ways into professional life. Here, mobile technology can serve as a bridge to accessing language and work. This seminar addresses Arabic speaking migrants’ development of language and vocational skills and what role mobile technology can play as a mediator. Based on investigations of digital literacy among migrants in Sweden, the seminar will address affordances in mobile applications and online resources as tools for learning a new language and vocational skills.

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Iraqi Women Uprising: Through Visual Arts on Murals and Creative Language on Signs

Zeena Faulk, University of Warwick, PhD Researcher

Zeena Faulk delivering seminar.

Thursday 27th February 2020 17.00-18.00, Social Sciences S0.09

On October 1, 2019, peaceful protests broke out in most Iraqi cities. The reasons for the protest include the dissatisfaction with the government’s performance, lack of jobs, extensive foreign meddling in Iraq, and oppression as well as lack of civil liberties. University students, professors and workers led the first wave of protests, signalling for the first time no allegiance to any political and/or religious groups. However, the Iraqi government’s unexpected crackdown on the protesters led to the Tishreen (October) uprising, which swiftly gained traction throughout Iraq, which forced the Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi to resign. Since then, Iraqi women have been taking to the streets to participate in the uprising, organize groups, treat the injured, provide food, write graffiti and chant alongside defiant men. This involvement of women in Iraq’s current political quagmire is unprecedented, particularly in Baghdad where women express themselves through graffiti and creative language on the signs. In this seminar, we will be looking at how texts and images are used to represent women in the currently troubled Iraq, and what that means with respect to women’s involvement in Iraq’s future politics.

Zeena's postgraduate-level work with Dr Chantal Wright challenges the notion of cultural nontransferability of satire by focusing on the political satire of post-2003 Iraq. Iraq experienced an explosion of political satire following the 2003 invasion and occupation by western powers, a flowering that presents particular challenges for translation due to its heavy reliance on cultural background and fleeting political context. Using reader response theory, Zeena's work intends to show that it is possible to go around such limitations in creative ways, rendering this satirical and critical response to war understandable to those with limited knowledge of Arabic and Middle Eastern culture and history.

Emma Mort - Care4Calais – a practical, humanitarian response to the refugee crisis on our doorstep. Social Studies S0.09 17:00 - 18:00


Emma Mort is a teacher, member of the National Education Union National Executive and campaigner and activist who has taken part in 8 volunteering trips with Care4Calais in the last 2 years.

Since the ‘Calais jungle’ was cleared in October 2016, many people believe that the refugee crisis in Northern France is over, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Across Northern France and Belgium hundreds of refugees are still living in the most desperate circumstances, having already undertaken difficult and dangerous journeys, suffering cruel and degrading treatment by the French authorities.

In this seminar, Emma will be speaking about the vital work that Care4cCalais do in delivering aid and support to refugees living in these conditions across Northern France and Belgium. In addition, she will be sharing her experiences of the practicalities of organising and delivering this aid as well as giving an insight into what life is like inside a refugee camp only 30 miles from the UK border. There will also be a chance to consider the importance of the humanitarian aspect to delivering aid and the Care4Calais ethos of treating everyone with dignity, recognising our common humanity and building relationships in order to provide essential social interaction and the much-needed help that other organisations aren’t able to.

This will be followed by a chance to ask questions about any issues that have been raised during the course of the seminar.

Lost in Translation - Workshop with Piers Ibbottson

Performing Shakespeare in other languages.

Wednesday 5th February 2020 9.30-11.30, WBS Create

In this workshop we will look at the challenge of performing Shakespeare in translation.

One approach to the performing of Shakespeare pioneered by the Royal Shakespeare Company under the guidance of the renowned scholar and director John Barton and voice coach Cicely Berry, focused on the plays as spoken poetry. They focused on the language and developed an approach to performance that honoured the auditory nature of Elizabethan theatre (as opposed to visual) and emphasised the powerful and extraordinary poetry of Shakespeare. This was a shift away from modernism and the psychological approach taken by contemporary playwrights of the 50’s and 60’s when their work was being developed. Their emphasis on the text and the structure of the poetry, led to the development of an approach to acting and to training actors that encouraged a visceral, embodied connection with the language.

The workshop will use some of their methods and approaches in a practical, participatory session in which we will explore the connection between voice, verse and emotion.

We will then look at different translations of the same piece of text to investigate the impact on both the speaker and the audience of the same dramatic moment articulated in different languages: We will

Experience the embodiment of vowels and consonants in different languages

Investigate the ways different languages express emotion through sound

Examine speech acts and the ways they are embodied differently in different language

Explore the impact of the specific language on the manner and the content of an emotional moment

Examine different translations and their impact on our understanding in performance

Feedback from the workshop

'I really enjoyed the workshop in the sense that it led us to explore the musicality of different languages. It helped me realized the non-translatable part between languages and made me think about what was missing in traditional ways of language teaching and learning. It is also quite interesting to know that this project is aimed to help across-culture communication in the business field since the problem might originate from our mindset for language teaching, which put too much attention to "meaning decoding" instead of cracking and embracing the uniqueness of different languages. I am interested in participating in workshops like this in the future.'


' I really enjoyed the workshop, I thought that the facilitator was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. At multiple times while I was watching, I found myself wishing I were there in person to participate!

Many of the translations that were read were in Italian, so maybe there was that extra element of enjoyment for me as I was able to appreciate the difference between the English original and the Italian translation. But I also enjoyed when one of the participants read her translation of Shakespeare in Arabic. I have a very basic knowledge of Arabic but I was still able to appreciate the difference in the sound of the translation. I think it was a workshop that everyone could enjoy regardless of their language combination.'


Language, Migration and Identity: Contemporary Urban Vernacular French​
Professor Janice Carruthers, Queen's University Belfast​
Tuesday 28th January 2020 17:00-19:00, A1.11, Social Sciences​

On Tuesday 28th January, we are pleased to welcome Prof Janice Carruthers, Professor of French Linguistics at Queen's University Belfast and Leader of the Sociolinguistics Strand of the major interdisciplinary project Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS). It is her involvement with this project that forms the basis of our seminar. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with current research into how multilingual individuals and societies draw on multiple languages, cultures and modes of thought.

This paper forms part of the research on language and identity in a large interdisciplinary project funded by the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI): ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’. I will start by outlining the aims, objectives and shape of the full MEITS project, explaining how the work of the Queen’s strand relates to the broader research questions. I will focus on one particular dimension of our work, i.e. research on Contemporary Urban Vernacular French. I will outline the nature of the linguistic and social characteristics normally associated with this variety of French and will explain the methodology and theoretical framework for our study. The core of the paper will analyse listener perceptions in relation to speakers of CUV French, with a particular focus on questions of migration and multilingualism but also including the role of other speaker variables such as age, gender and regional origin. Drawing on Eckert’s (2008) concept of ‘indexical fields’, I will explore the possible indexical meanings of a number of linguistic features, and combinations of features, interrogating their relationship with questions of perceived identity in multilingual urban environments. ​

This Tuesday - Seminar - Dr. Joanne Lee

Language, memory and migration in the novels of Laura Pariani

The writings of Laura Pariani blend autobiography, fiction, official history, civic memory and oral histories into intricate representations of migration and mobility between Italy and South America. Using two of her novels, Quando Dio ballava il tango (2002) [When God Danced the Tango] and Il piatto dell’angelo (2013) [The Angel’s Plate] the paper highlights the implications of her writing on understandings of migration in the Italian context and beyond. It will show how cultural memory and linguistic hybridity challenge monolingual and monoidentitarian myths of nationhood and how her novels force consideration of the ethical dilemma posed by globalisation and the mass movement of people in the twenty-first century.

Tuesday 14th Jan 2020 -16.00-17.00, Social Sciences A1.11

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Seminar - Award Winning Author and Activist Dr. Preti Taneja

The Syrian Conflict: How to Form Research Responses via Fieldwork with Refugees

Thursday 9th January 2020, Social Sciences, Cowling Room S2.77, 17.00-18.00
From 2014 - 2016 Dr Preti Taneja travelled around the world to document the productions, performances and reception of people making Shakespeare in translation of form and language in response to contemporary conflicts, and in post conflict zones. Her case studies include two productions lead by the actor and director Nawar Bulbul, who developed two performances with Syrian children caught in the conflict: one of King Lear in Za'atari refugee camp on the Jordan/ Syrian border, and one of Romeo and Juliet in Amman, Jordan and Homs, Syria via Skype. From this fieldwork Dr Taneja won a Leverhulme research grant; one output she is developing is a multimedia interactive website to allow users to virtually take the place of the researcher and experience the challenges of subjectivity in fieldwork, of working in translation, and exploring an ethical approach to research impact first hand. In this seminar, Dr Taneja will present the website and candidly discuss her research approach and process in collaboration with her translator Zeena Faulk. Attendees are invited to come prepared with any questions about working on human rights work, field work, ethics of working with children, translation and interpretation; and about how to think through presenting research ethically as well as for impact. The majority of the session will be given to questions.
image: Ben Gold
Dr Preti Taneja is an award winning writer and activist. Her debut novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the UK's best debut and was listed for several international awards including the Prix Jan Michalski, Europe's premier award for a work of world literature. It was named one of the top 10 Books of the Decade in The Hindu newspaper and has been translated into seven languages to date. Preti has over a decade of experience as a minority rights researcher for major NGOs and her academic research is on cultural rights in conflict and post conflict zones.
From 2017-19 she held a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at Warwick University, and was the UNESCO Fellowship in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia. In 2020 she will be writer in residence for TIDE (Travel, Transculturality and Identity 1500-1700) at the University of Oxford. She also teaches creative writing in HMP Whitemoor for Learning Together, University of Cambridge.

Seminar - International Artist and Activist Salma Zulfiqar

20th November 2019, 17.00-18.00 in Social Sciences A1.11

You can book a place by emailing or by booking on via SkillsForge. The event is free but we need numbers for catering and logistics so please let us know if you can join us.

Salma Zulfiqar is an International Artist and Activist working on migration. She will be speaking about her Migration Project and her work with Migrants and Refugees in the UK with relation to social inclusion and more recently about her lobbying at the EU Parliament. She will also be introducing her new film ' We are searching for life - Refugees ' a short spoken word film which calls for safe Migration and explores the issue of social cohesion of Syrian refugees in Birmingham. Please see the film here. Salma will also be sharing her experiences of working with migrants and refugees with the United Nations all over the world. This will be followed by a Q&A.

Salma's current creative projects, such as ARTconnects & The Migration Blanket, focus on empowering refugee and migrant women by promoting integration, working towards preventing hate crimes and extremism. Her artwork has been exhibited in London, Birmingham, Paris, Greece & Dubai and she has been celebrated as one of Birmingham's most inspirational women in the book Once Upon A Time in Birmingham - Women Who Dared to Dream. Salma has also worked all over the world with the United Nations raising awareness of humanitarian issues in conflict and developing countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Chad and Kenya.

Winner of the Rising Star Award - Diversity 2019 powered by The Sunday Times
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2019 Shortlist - Social & Humanitarian
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MITN Welcome and Find out More Event

15th November 2019 11.00 - 13.00 in Social Sciences A0.14

We would love to see you there, whether you are an old MITN hand or a new face. You can book a place by emailing or by booking on via SkillsForge. The event is free but we need numbers for catering and logistics so please let us know if you can join us by 11th November 2019.


11.00 - 11.20 Introduction from Prof. Jo Angouri

11.20-11.30 Helena Wall, PG Student Representative and leader of the research cluster: Space, Place and the city

11.30-12.15 Liberty Melly (The Migration Museum

Why Britain needs a Migration Museum

Britain has thousands of museums, but none focused on migration, a vital topic that goes to the heart of who we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re going – as individuals, as communities and as a nation. Liberty Melly, Education and Events Manager at the Migration Museum Project, will explain what brought a dedicated team of people from a wide range of professional backgrounds together to work towards the creation of a new national museum that can provide a setting to explore how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are, away from the polarised and often angry debates about migration in politics and the media.

12.15 -12.25 Christina Efthymiadou - Leader of the research cluster: Identity and Workplace Communication

12.25-12.35 Zeena Faulk - Leader of the research cluster: Translation and Mobility

12.35 -13.00 Coffee and networking opportunity

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