“My Story – My Words” is a project about the migrant experience in Ireland, and how migrants have to translate themselves into new words and new contexts in order to be understood.

From May to October 2017, we will interview people who have moved to Ireland from non-English speaking countries, focusing on the autobiographical component of the migrant experience. In an increasingly multilingual and multicultural Europe, we believe it is important not to overlook the relevance of individual stories and the role that language plays in the communication of cultural identities.The language experience of the single immigrant is the key to greater societal understanding and inclusion.

We will bring together NGOs, scholars and visual artists from Ireland and from the rest of Europe. Our goal is to establish a public forum for intercultural encounter, and create new opportunities for research, reporting and advocacy, in order to question models of citizenship and language policies.

“My Story – My Words” has received funding from the Irish Research Council under the New Foundation Scheme.

Principal Investigator:    Dr. Anne O’Connor, NUI Galway

Dr. Anne O’Connor is lecturer above the bar in Italian at NUI Galway, where she has taught since 2003. She has been the recipient of scholarships, fellowships and awards from the IRC, IRCHSS, the Royal Irish Academy, NAIRTL, AHRC, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the European Union. Her research interests include nineteenth-century history and literature; romanticism; translation studies; travel literature; transnational Ireland; cultural mediators, language teaching methodologies and community-based learning. She has published extensively in these areas: her latest book is Translation and Language in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A European Perspective.

Researcher:   Dr. Andrea Ciribuco, NUI Galway

Dr. Andrea Ciribuco teaches Italian and translation at the National University of Ireland of Galway since 2012. In 2015, he completed his PhD at NUI Galway with a thesis on Italian American author and translator Emanuel Carnevali. He has presented at international conferences in Italy, UK, USA and Ireland, and published articles on Italian American literature and culture.

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