Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Leggere Il Mondo e il testo_Bologna 14-15 October 2010

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Migrant Literature" in Italy, a two days event has been organized in Bologna by Prof. Pezzarossa and few more people from different backgrounds and places (Graziella Parati, Roberto De Robertis, Marco Purura, Serge Vanvolsem, Lucia Quaquarelli, and myself).
I'm looking forward to meeting all these very interesting scholars and many writers and share with them these two intense days of discussions and debates.
I'll have the honour to introduce and converse with the exciting and brilliant writer Amara Lakhous, with whom we will discuss his last novel "Divorzio all'Islamica a Viale Marconi".

You can find all the information about Programme, venue, etc., here

See you in Bologna!

Friday, August 20, 2010

ISO "Narrating Migration" Workshop - Prato 17th-18th September 2010

1st workshop of the Leverhulme Trust International Network:


Monash Centre, Prato (Italy) - 17th-18th September 2010

Please click here for info

For any further information, please contact:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

CROSSINGS: THE NEXUS OF MIGRATION AND CULTURE_Conference Queen Mary (London) 1-2 July 2010

July 1st and 2nd 2010
Laws G.4, Law Building,
Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road,
London E1 4NS

Conference Organizers:

Professor Parvati Nai (Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration) and Dr. Omar García-Obregón (Reader in Poetics of Exile, Censorship and Cultural Resistance - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film).

N.B.: This conference is free to all those who wish to attend. To reserve a place, please contact Queen Mary?s Events Office (
Refreshments and meals will be provided to speakers only. Others attending the conference must make their own arrangements. However numerous options for reasonably priced meals and refreshments are available on campus and nearby.

This two-day conference celebrates the launch of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (Intellect Publishers) based at the Centre for the Study of Migration. The conference will cover key thematic and theoretical areas that emerge from the nexus of migration and culture, when examined from diverse interdisciplinary perspectives. Speakers will interrogate questions of cultural migrancy, as well as of cultural identity and representation in the context of migration.
Areas of theoretical enquiry will include borders, diaspora, cultural difference and cultural memory, transnational connections and hybridity from disciplines as diverse as Law, Medicine, Politics, English, Development Studies, Museum Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies and Anthropology. The conference will further count on the
participation of those working creatively in the culture industry on aspects of migration, so as to foment dialogue between the latter and the academy.

Keynote speakers are Professor Robin Cohen (Professor of Development Studies and Director, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford), Dr. Anne Kershen (Deputy-Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration, Queen Mary) and Professor Yosefa Loshitzky (Professor of Film and Media at the University of East London).

Invited artists include the poets Choman Hardi, John Siddique and others, as well as the photographer/artist/curator Shahidul Alam, founder/director of the Drik picture agency and of Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh, as well as of Chobi Mela, the festival of photography in South Asia. Shahidul Alam
will show Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree, a short film that he made on migration and will offer a talk on his work on ?Migrant Lives.? The conference will end with a Poetry Fest, where the invited poets will offer readings and discussions of their work.
For further details please contact:

Parvati Nair (
Professor of Hispanic Cultural Studies,
Chair of Hispanic Studies,
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
and Director, Centre for the Study of Migration,
Queen Mary, University of London,
Mile End Road,
London E1 4NS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8317

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Film "Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio"

The 14th of May in Italy the film "Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio" will be released.
The film is a free adaptation of the novel by Amara Lakhous (that has the same title). The novel has been a best seller in Italy. It has been published 14 times so far and translated in German, Dutch, English and French. To know more about the novel you can read these interviews with the author:

Suzanne Ruta, ‘Humor is an instrument of combat: a conversation with Amara Lakhous

Suzanne Ruta, ‘Scheherazade, C’est Moi? An Interview with Amara Lakhous

Airos Soria Letizia, “Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio. Interview with Amara Lakhous”.

To know more about the author clik here.

The film director is Isotta Toso. To know more about the film and see the trailer clik here.


UCL Global Migration Symposia Series

7 June 2010

Mitko Panov (filmmaker)
Film screening “The War is Over” (2009) and conversation with director Mitko Panov

Followed by a Q&A with director Mitko Panov, script consultant Gareth Jones and film critic Nevena Dakovic.

The event is co-hosted by the UCL Mellon Programme and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Time: 7-10.30pm
Venue: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

About the event: This film by award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Mitko Panov is a fictionalised account of a family exiled to Switzerland during the Kosovo crisis. It is an intimate narrative that explores the experience of forced migration: the fraught decision to leave; the process of integration and adaptation to a new country; the impact on the family; and always, the yearning for homeland. Join us at the Frontline Club, a media club and venue championing independent journalism, for the screening, a panel discussion and a Q&A with Panov, film professionals and critics.

About the director: Mitko Panov was born in Macedonia and now lives and works in Switzerland. He studied Directing at the Polish National School for Film, TV and Theatre in Lodz. He has received a number of international awards for his films including the 1991 Cannes Golden Palm for best short for his reconstruction of the Warsaw ghetto in WITH RAISED HANDS, a special jury award at the Clermont Ferrand film festival 2000, and a Best Balkan Film Award at the Drama Short-Film Festival in Greece. Panov has taught at the New York University Graduate Film Department, the German State School for Film and TV in Munich, and the University of Texas at Austin-RTF. He is a founding member of the New York Film Academy, and Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Sundance Institute Fellow. The War is Over is his feature fiction debut.

Book your place: A limited number of free tickets are available for UCL students and staff. Please email for details. Public booking (£8 early birds, £10 standard) commences in May from The Frontline Club.

UCL Global Migration Symposia Series

13 May 2010

Prof. Elspeth Guild (University of Nijmegen; Partner, Kingsley Napley)
Examining the Relationship between Migration and Security

Discussant: Anneliese Baldaccini, Executive Officer Amnesty International EU

Co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe

Accredited with 1.5 CPD hours
(Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board)

Time: 5.30-7pm; followed by a reception

Venue: Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre,
Roberts Building, Torrington PLace, London WC1E 7JE

Abstract: Migration and security have a troubled relationship both in law and politics in Europe today. As the UK General Election looms, the debate in the UK around migration - both within the EU and from outside it - seems destined to attract much attention. In this presentation I will examine the multiple meanings of migration in the UK and EU: what does it mean to be a citizen, a foreigner or a migrant, where and why? In this inquiry the question of security becomes central: what security concerns are revealed by the way in which individuals are categorised and to what ends?

About the speaker: Elspeth Guild is an internationally acknowledged expert in the field of European immigration law. She is Professor of European Migration Law at the University of Nijmegen, a Partner at Kingsley Napley and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies. She is also a visiting professor at the LSE in London and at the College of Europe, Bruges. She previously acted as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Inquiry into Economic Migration in the EU, and is involved in training judges in EU law. She is frequently requested to make submissions to parliamentary committees on the subject and she acts as an expert to international organisations such as the European Commission, UNHCR, and the Council of Europe. Her most recent monograph is Security and Migration in the 21st Century (Polity, 2009).

About the discussant: Anneliese Baldaccini is Executive Officer Asylum and Immigration at Amnesty International EU in Brussels. She was formerly a committee specialist for the House of Lords European Union Committee and JUSTICE’s human rights legal officer

Please book your place here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Translation Research Summer School - UCL - June 2010

Translation Research Summer School (TRSS), June 2010

We invite applications for the TRANSLATION RESEARCH SUMMER SCHOOL (TRSS) 2010, to be
held in London in June 2010. This annual two-week course offers intensive research training in translation and intercultural studies for prospective researchers in the field. For more information, please see below and visit the TRSS website. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2010.

Date and Venue: 14-25 June 2010, Centre for Intercultural Studies, University College London (UCL)

2010 Teaching Staff:
Mona Baker (University of Manchester)
Morven Beaton-Thome (University of Manchester)
Charlotte Bosseaux (University of Edinburgh)
Geraldine Brodie (University College London)
Jorge Díaz-Cintas (Imperial College)
Theo Hermans (University College London)
Moira Inghilleri (University College London)
Hephzibah Israel (London)
Jeremy Munday (University of Leeds)
Nana Sato-Rossberg (Ritsumeikan Univeristy, Kyoto)
Karen Seago (City University, London)
Christopher Stone (University College London)
Sebnem Susam-Sarajeva (University of Edinburgh)
Yau Wai-ping (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Invited speaker: Dilek Dizdar (University of Mainz ; Bogaziçi University, Istanbul)

Syllabus: The syllabus consists of four modules of four sessions each, plus a public lecture and private seminar by the invited speaker. In addition, students attend small-group tutorials and present their own work. Modules: Research Design and Dynamics; Theoretical Approaches; Research Methods; 2010 specialist module: Translation and Values.

Eligibility: The Summer School is open to suitably qualified students from across the world. Candidates should normally hold the degree of Master of Arts or equivalent in a relevant subject (typically a humanities subject involving cross-cultural studies), should be proficient in English and should either have started or be actively considering research in translation and/or intercultural

Application deadline: 30 April 2010

Tuition fee: 975 GBP for sponsored students; 680 GBP for self-funded students

Contact: Dorota Goluch,

University College London (UCL) is located in the Bloomsbury area of central London, a few minutes' walk from the British Museum and the British Library.

TRSS (UK) is a joint initiative of three British universities: the Centre for Intercultural Studies at University College London (UCL), the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester, and the Translation Studies Graduate Programme in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. TRSS (UK) works closely with TRSS (HK), which is based at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mellon Post-Doctoral fellowship (University College London)

Research Fellow | UCL Mellon Programme | Translation as
dissemination: museums, objects, audiences

The UCL Mellon Programme is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral
Research Fellow from September 2010, to investigate the theme
Translation as dissemination: museums, objects, audiences.

Applicants will have recently completed a PhD in a discipline
related to the Fellowship and ideally will have acquired some
teaching experience related to their research interests.

The appointment will be full time on UCL Grade 7. The salary
range will be GBP31,778-GBP38,441 per annum, inclusive of London

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online
please see here, and search on Reference Number: 1130479.

Closing date : 19th April 2010.
Latest time for the submission of applications is 12 noon.
Interview date: Friday 21st May 2010.

University College London Taking Action for Equality.

ESF-LiU Conference on 'Home, Migration and the City: New Narratives, New Methodologies', Linköping, Sweden_6-10 August 2010

- Call for Applications -

There has been a recent surge of scholarship from human geography, sociology, history, architecture, and cultural studies that focuses on migration as a social, political, cultural and material process. This area of research on migration examines migrants' transnational spatial practices, social and political identities and relationships with the state. Central to this research has been a recognition that at the heart of migration lies a fundamental transformation in spaces and places that are linked to the social and cultural meanings of home and belonging.

Migration brings about a material change in the places and locations through which notions of identity, individual expressions and belonging are transformed. Through the movement of people, for instance, cities, homes and localities become re-narrated through migrants' stories, photographs, music, artwork and films. Cities in particular, as places of origin and (re)settlement become key sites of migrants' experiences of 'home'(s). The experience of Europe over the past fifty years is a good example; urban spaces have increasingly become contested locations where the spatial and material nature of identities are negotiated - Muslim/Christian, European/non-European, first/second generation of migrants. Much migration research, moreover, connects home and nation by investigating migrants' connections with past, present or imagined 'homelands'. Home can now also be described as translocal, transnational and diasporic - shaped by consumption, remittances and social networks. The domestic spaces inhabited by migrants are especially important for their roles in constructing attitudes and behaviours towards 'others' when strangers share living spaces in the city. Home can even be redefined through its 'socio-technical' differences across national spaces. This conference offers an opportunity to bring these social, spatial, material and technological facets of migration together - to consider migrants' identities and experiences of homes and cities, and the material, aural and visual landscapes of mobility and movement.

This conference takes 'narratives' - broadly defined as stories, diaries, myths, photographs, music, films, media images and representations of movement - as the analytical starting point for new research on migration. Narratives have several dimensions. Firstly, migrant narratives need to be understood as inherently spatial. As is widely acknowledged, migrants' stories of movement are often stories of different places at different moments, and thus are essentially 'spatial stories'.
Secondly, this spatiality of migration narratives is multi-scalar; it can relate to belonging on a national, political scale, represent locality dynamics, more small-scale, personal experiences of migration, or even the material narratives of migration, such as stories of significant objects and material culture. The political element of the larger scale narratives is especially important; it is these that foster the exclusion and inclusion of migrants in societies. Thirdly, the performative element of migrants' narratives is very strong; not all narratives are textual but instead are enacted through music, theatre, film, food, or dance.
Finally, such narratives can also be highly visual, corporeal, and embodied, whether through media representations, artwork, or architecture. Such a broad conceptualisation of migrant narratives demands new interdisciplinary theories and methodologies to understand the interconnected landscapes of home, migration and the city.

Invited Speakers will include (list to be completed):

* Dr. Zuzana Burikova
Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK

* Prof. Iain Chambers
University of Naples "L'Orientale", IT

* Prof. Adrian Favell
Aarhus University, DK

* Prof. Tovi Fenster
Tel Aviv University, IL

* Dr. Mirjana Lozanovska
Deakin University, AU

* Prof. Ulrike Meinhof
University of Southampton, UK

* Dr. Nirmal Puwar
Goldsmiths College, UK

* Prof. Zlatko Skrbis
University of Queensland, AU

Full conference programme, including list of invited speakers, and application form accessible online.

Closing date for applications: 16 April 2010.

ESF Contact Alessandra Piccolotto:

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF), in partnership with the Linköping University.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

1st UCL Global Migration Symposium_ "Globalisation and Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Migrating Bodies, Practices and Ideas".

**** 1st UCL Global Migration Symposium ****

Professor Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College, US)
"Globalisation and Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Migrating Bodies, Practices and Ideas".

Chair: Dr Claire Dwyer (Migration Research Unit, UCL Geography)
Discussant: Professor John Eade, Director of CRONEM, University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor in the Migration Research Unit.

10 March 2010
Roberts Lecture Theatre 106
Roberts Building Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE

All are welcome, but places are limited. Please reserve your place here.

The event is followed by a drinks reception in the Roberts Building Foyer.


Cosmopolitanism today is no longer the exclusive province of elites. Labour migrants, sojourners, religious believers, and refugees are also open to the world, although they interact with it differently than their professional counterparts. In fact, in today's world, cosmopolitanism is a necessity not a choice. What are the rights and responsibilities of global citizenship?
How can we begin to imagine a community that extends beyond national borders and where do the elements come from with which to create it?

Peggy Levitt is a Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University where she co-directs The Transnational Studies Initiative. Her books include "God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape" (New Press 2007), "The Transnational Studies Reader" (Routledge 2007), "The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation" (Russell Sage 2002), and "The Transnational Villagers" (UC Press, 2001).

The series is sponsored by UCL Research Challenges and the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.


Job description

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher to participate in the Wired Up program. Wired Up is an international, interdisciplinary collaborative project between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The project is funded by Utrecht University, through the prestigious High Potential Programme. Wired Up researches how new digital media practices, in particular the Internet, impact on the lives, identities, learning and socialization of migrant youth.

For more information about Wired Up visit the website.

Additional information about the project and this position can be obtained by sending an email to Sandra Ponzanesi, e-mail: or by phone 31 (0) 30 253 7844.
The Postdoc will be hosted at the Research Institute for History and Culture. More information can be found at the website of the OGC.

More information about the Gender Graduate Programme where the postdoc will be integrated can be found here.

How to apply:
Applications (by e-mail) should be accompanied by:
* a covering letter in English that sets out the candidate's motivation for applying for the position, stating qualifications and suitability and how these could contribute to the project and his/her ideas how to strengthen the team (about 100 words); * a curriculum vitae in English and, a list of publications; * a copy of your doctoral degree and a list of your MA or RMA marks; * a sample of 2 relevant publications (in English); * contact details of two referees (names, affiliations, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Interested candidates should send their application by March 7, 2010 at the latest. E-mail applications should be sent in pdf or doc format to the Personnel Department, attn. Ms. Ingrid Wagenaar:, and should specify your name and vacancy number 681006 in the message as well as in the topic, include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in every attachment.



15th May 2010 - 9.30 am - 4 pm
Queen Mary University of London


Caroline Bowden (QMUL) - English Nuns and London in the 17th century; exile or
John Eade (Roehampton) - Keeping up with multicultural diversity in the global
city; the implications for research and policy making.
Nicholas Evans (Hull) - Protecting Fortress Britain? Maritime solutions to alien
immigration - past and present.
Cathy McIlwaine (QMUL) - Legal Latins: negotiating migrant irregularity among Latin
American migrants in London.
Parvathi Raman (UCL) - Tales from the Boundary - cricket and national identity in
the South Asian Diaspora.
Bronwen Walter (Anglia Ruskin) - Irish/Jewish diasporic intersections in the East
End: paradoxes and shared locations.
John Wood (OU) - Crime, the Courts and Ethnicity in 18th and early 19th century
London: Blacks as victims and offenders.

Advance:£20 (£30 on the day): Concessions - students and senior citizens: £15
advance (£20 on the day)

To register and for further details contact:
Louise Mead, Senior Events Officer
Department of Corporate Affairs
Queen Mary, University of London
Tel: 020 7882 5148
fax: 020 7882 3706

Call for Paper: Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World

Travelling Languages:
Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World

10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) in Association with the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University.

3 - 5 December 2010, Leeds, United Kingdom

organised by Jane Wilkinson (University of Leeds) and Mike Robinson (Leeds Metropolitan University).

The world is ever ‘on the move’. The opportunities and challenges of both real and virtual travel are very much at the heart of the emergent interdisciplinary field of ‘mobilities’, which deals with the movement of peoples, objects, capital, information and cultures across an increasingly globalised and apparently borderless world. In the practices, processes and performances of moving – whether for voluntary leisure, forced migration or economic pragmatism – we are faced with the negotiation and re-negotiation of identities and meaning relating to places and pasts.

Within the increasing complexities of global flows and encounters, intercultural skills and competencies are being challenged and re-imagined. The vital role of languages and the intricacies of intercultural dialogue have largely remained implicit in the discourses surrounding mobilities. This Conference seeks to interrogate the role of intercultural communication and of languages in the inevitable moments of encounter which arise from all forms of ‘motion’.

This international and interdisciplinary event is the 10th anniversary conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) and is being organised in association with the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change. Through this event we aim to bring together many of the sub-themes of previous IALIC conferences and to focus upon the issues of culture, communication and translation in a mobile world, including: languages and intercultural communication in local and global education, tourism, hospitality, migration, translation, real and virtual border-crossings.

We are pleased to receive 20 –minute research papers or descriptions of pedagogical practice which address or go beyond the following themes:

* Moving languages - continuities and change;
* Real and virtual border crossings;
* Tourist encounters and communicating with the ‘other’;
* Tourism’s role in inter-cultural dialogue;
* The languages of diasporas and diasporic languages;
* Dealing with dialects and the evolution/dissolution of communities;
* Hospitality and languages of welcome;
* Learning the languages of migration;
* Lingusitic boundaries and socio-cultural inclusions and exclusions;
* ‘Located’ and ‘dislocated’ languages and identities;
* Practices and performances of translation.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words including title and full contact details as an electronic file to Jane Wilkinson at You may submit your abstract as soon as possible but no later than 1st June 2010.

Please send any queries to us at

For more details clik here