Antonella Sorace (Linguistics Department, University of Edinburgh)
Title: Diaspora, bilingualism, and language maintenance: cognitive perspectives
A diaspora creates the conditions for language change and language loss in a minority language community. I will focus on the interaction between cognitive and external factors involved in attrition and maintenance of a minority language in intergenerational transmission. I will show that bilingualism is essential to minority languages because no language survives if it's not learned by children; minority languages provide opportunities for growing up bilingual, with a range of related benefits. I will conclude that the availability of information on bilingualism in minority language communities is crucial to language maintenance and revival programmes.
Margaret Hills de Zarate (Queen Margaret University)
Title: Marking Time: the madeleine, the memento and the accidental monument.
Drawing upon art psychotherapy work undertaken with displaced and refugee populations this presentation offers a brief exploration of the role of the symbolic or transitional object in relation to loss, memory and Diaspora
Valentina Bonizzi (Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee)
Title: The Image Document: time and identity in the technical image
Valentina Bonizzi will present her research and practice which investigate how the technical image captures time and physical displacement.
Elwira Grossman (GRAMnet, University of Glasgow)
Title: Neither ‘here’ nor ’there’: methodological approaches to migration and its diverse
By focusing on the selected methodological paradigms such as Identity and Memory Studies, Gender Studies, Postcolonial/Postcommunist Studies, Cultural Studies and Narratology, the paper seeks to establish a common framework for researching migration‐related phenomena in various disciplines. Among the questions to be addressed are the following: How can the existing paradigms be adopted and/or amended in a way that reveals rather than obscures the subject of study? Can geographical, linguistic and methodological borders be crossed successfully to avoid ‘orientalising stereotypes’? How to secure a mutual exchange rather than one‐ way ‘knowledge transfer’? And finally, Is there a land for in‐betweeners who are ‘neither here nor there’?
Perla Innocenti (MELA, University of Glasgow)
Title: Diaspora from the perspective of European cultural institutions: case studies on
national and transnational collaborations and partnerships
The presentation will focus on the EU‐funded MeLa ‐ Museums in an age of migrations project (http://www.mela‐project.eu/), in particular on the work of Research Group 'Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions'. A series of real‐life case studies exploring diverse European perspectives on interdisciplinary collaborations between cultural institutions will be discussed, highlighting cross‐domain partnerships, cultural identity and cultural dialogue, heritage for the arts and sciences, European narratives, migration and mobility, and describe real‐life case studies in museums, libraries, foundations, associations and online portals.