MIS Symposium 2017 – Multilingualism as Migration

The fourth Key Area MIS symposium discusses multilingualism as cross-border movement. Texts and the historical and cultural contexts to which they refer are examined as settings for interaction between various linguistic processes.
The symposium will take place on 3-4 July 2017 and is aimed at scholars in literature, linguistic, social sciences and cultural studies.
Rainier Grutman (University of Ottawa) and Sandra Vlasta (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz) are invited as keynote speakers.

2017-2019 collaboration project launched

The Key Area MIS in conjunction with ‘Villa Vigoni’ has organised a colloquium series tackling issues of European integration in the face of crisis scenarios and ongoing migratory movement. Social science and cultural studies scholars from Luxembourg, Italy and other countries will be meeting regularly to discuss this subject up until 2019. The focus of the first colloquium (2017) will be the reasons for flight from a literary and philosophical perspective.

Film screening: Wallah – Je te jure

The Key Area MIS invites you to attend a film screening and discussion with one of the filmmakers. On 1 March 2017 we will be screening a documentary film on the often tragic journey of the men and women who travel the West African migratory routes to Italy. The film was roduced by the International Organisation for Migration and last screened at the Global Migration Film Festival.

Conference – Afghanistan/EU – Ethno-religious conflicts and asylum policy

The recently established agreement between Afghanistan and the EU has brought about a public debate in Luxembourg and other EU member states. The Key Area MIS contributes to these debates by co-organizing on 31 January 2017 the evening conference “Afghanistan/EU – Ethno-religious conflicts and asylum policy”. The conference comprises two lectures followed by a roundtable discussion bringing together scholarly reflections, political reasoning, public claims and individual experiences.

Conference – Diachronic Interculturality

Among studies in interculturality, perspectives taking into account the historical construction conditions of cultural otherness are still rare. However, if the temporal dimension is taken into account new fields of analysis are opened up that help better define the concept of interculturality. The conference focusses on this field in order to strengthen the connection between this largely cultural-studies-oriented research field and aesthetic and genuinely literary studies questions.