Re-imagining the Tower of Babel
Languages, Cultures, Cultural Diplomacy & World Peace
MIS will host a poster exhibition, the “Expo Migration and Exclusion” (EMI) at the TAD 2020.
The MIS-exhibition will take place on the first floor of the MSA and it will also entail an activity, which can be described as “expert-speed-dating”, which will integrate the EMI more into the TAD-Conference. “Expert-speed-dating” means that there will be a kind of an interactive round table discussion during which several discussants will each sit at one table and the audience can sit, listen, ask questions and engage in discussions before they move on to another table. It will be not a classic round table discussion.
There is a great overlap of our Five MIS Working Areas and the TAD’s topic and its focus areas. Hence we would like to invite all MIS-Members to submit posters pertaining to the below mentioned topics to the MIS-exhibition:
|Five MIS-Working Areas||TAD-Topic|
|Global connectivity and socio-economic participation||practicing cultural diplomacy and pursuit of peace|
|Diversity and social cohesion||practicing cultural diplomacy|
|Cross-border movement and citizenship||pursuit of peace|
|Multilingualism and educational challenges||languages and cultures|
|Border experiences and cultural identities||languages and cultures|
As of now, the registration of the conference is open. Please be aware that registration is mandatory for all conference participants.
Postponed – more information coming soon
Borders are vital features of our life, and bordering processes a substantial part of how we negotiate territory, access to space, goods, social status and belonging; in other words, our relationships to others and the environment in which we live.
Focusing on migration and the movement of people in and across time, space and social orders, sharpens our understanding of the complexity of borders, why they exist, to whom they matter and what it takes to perceive, navigate, cross or circumvent them. These navigations can look very different for people with speciﬁc backgrounds, pertaining to language, culture, race and, importantly, passport.
Previous conferences have looked into migration, the political, economic forces driving it, the ways it is patterned, administered and controlled by state border regimes, and the consequences migration has created for people who move and societies accommodating people on the move.
Following this line of enquiry, this conference proposes to zoom deeper into the migration experience of people by foregrounding how migration is being connected to culture. We suggest exploring the nexus of migration and culture in more depth asking how migration is lived, experienced, reﬂected in, and mediated, in particular, through cultural and artistic practice. We seek to investigate this lens as a way to deepen our understanding of the complexity and difference of migration experience , on the one hand, and the possibilities of connecting different migrant experiences and groups of people , on the other.
Luxembourg seems an ideal place to frame such a reﬂection. Being itself very small, Luxembourg beneﬁts from an economic mobility that is particularly high and diverse. More than half of the population are of second or third generation migrant background, reﬂecting the country’s past as a key player in the coal and steel industry. The country’s more recent success as a capital in ﬁnance and banking, and as an important political player promoting the European Union and running some of its major institutions has attracted a large number of a highly educated work force.
Situated at the heart of the Greater Region, including Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Germany, more than 180.000 people are crossing national borders with Luxembourg daily for work. While Luxembourg is, no doubt, a hub of mobility, the forms and experiences of mobility do vary greatly depending on the conditions of work and life.
This scenario allows us to understand some important issues in more depth:
✓ How are people involved in different forms of mobility (cross border workers, Luxembourgish residents, and newly arrived migrants) experience migration or ‘mobility for work’?
✓ What places and forms of ‘cultural encounter’ are created (or not) because of these mobilities?
✓ What meanings are circulated, negotiated, emerging in these ‘cultural encounters’?
✓ How do these experiences translate into forms of cultural and artistic practice? How are these experiences voiced, mediated and articulated through creative process (e.g. music, literature, ﬁlm, ﬁne and performing arts)?
MIS-Funding 2020: Call for projects => Call closed & results announced
MIS would like to continue supporting migration-related research, teaching, and outreach at the FHSE. To that purpose, we have dedicated € 10 000 from our annual budget for 2020 to fund specific projects:
Submission deadline: January 31, 2020
Topics: Research pertaining to migration and inclusive societies (please see “scope” below)
Project duration: Until December 31, 2020
Funded by: MIS – Migration and Inclusive Societies (FHSE)
Budget: € 10 000 total; max. € 3000 per project
This call is open to all researchers at the FHES who conduct research pertaining to migration and inclusive societies. While projects of PhD-students can be funded, PhD-students cannot be directly funded.
MIS invites proposals for research projects on the broader topic of migration and inclusive societies.
Successful project proposals will be teaching, outreach, and/or research oriented and must align with:
- at least 1 of the 5 Working Areas:
- Socio-Economic Participation & Global Connectivity
- Diversity & Social Cohesion
- Cross-Border Movement & Citizenship
- Multilingualism & Educational Challenges
- Experiences of Borders & Cultural Identities
- the MIS-Mission-statement:
The Key Research Area “Migration and Inclusive Societies” (MIS) at the FHSE (https://mis.uni.lu/en) conducts inter- and cross-disciplinary research, teaching and outreach in migration studies with the aim of promoting inclusive societies. Its activities include all aspects of life and borders, thereby going beyond addressing migration with purely economic or political questions. By fostering disciplinary and methodological diversity, MIS engages with the complexity of migration processes and of inclusion.
How to apply
- Please submit an application with a summary of your proposed project (500 words excluding references) to email@example.com by January 31, 2020
- In the application please state:
- The project title (at least preliminary)
- The objectives and expected results of your project
- Who is involved in your project (individual and group-applications are possible)
- how your project relates to at least one of the five MIS-working areas and the MIS-Mission-Statement
- how much funding you are applying for and why
- on what purposes you would want to spend the project-money
- a timetable of the course of your proposed project
The MIS-Consortium will review your application and results will be communicated via email by February 29, 2020.
Successful projects will be asked to:
- display the MIS-logo on all related material (posters, publications etc.) and acknowledge MIS-support in any other appropriate manner.
- All related events shall be open to MIS-members
- provide a written final report (500 words; including project title, use of funding, outcomes) after the funding period/project has ended, which may be put on the MIS-website; a report-template will be sent out