September 29, 2017 the symposium “My Story, My Words: Language and Migration” will take place at NUI Galway.

This event will bring together academics from different European countries, migrants, performers, NGO workers, and various cultural mediators and activists to talk about the language journeys of migrants.

9.00 Welcome
9.30 Migration, Language and New Media (Chair: Andrea Ciribuco)

§  Mary Gilmartin (NUI Maynooth): “Narratives of Belonging”

§  Lisa McEntee-Atalianis (Birkbeck): “Tracing the Migrant Voice in Traditional & New Media”

§  Unn Røyneland (Oslo): “Virtually Norwegian: Negotiating Language and Identity Online”

11.00 Break
11.15 Opening spaces for migrant cultures: translation, creative writing, visual arts (Chair: Anne O’Connor)

§  Stefan Nowotny (Goldsmiths): “Tales and Silences: Revisiting the Task of Translation”

§  Marta Golubowska, visual artist: “The second language in visual arts: means to convey the meanings”

§  Ozgecan Kesici-Ayoubi, poet / scholar / translator: Title TBC

12.30 Lunch
1.30 Migrating theatre and film (Chair: Charlotte Mc Ivor)

§  OT Platform (Bernie O’Reilly, Maud Hendricks, Rula Abu Affar): “OTP, an open platform in Dublin”

§  Kasia Lech (Canterbury Christ Church University / Polish Theatre Ireland): “They came here and stole our jobs and then they took our language: Polish-Irish-English hybrid and its theatrical potential”

§  Jijo Sebastian, film director: “Making Malayalam Film in Ireland”

2.30 Migrating Poetry (Chair: Michaela Schrage-Frueh)

§  Anne Mulhall (UCD): “Opening the Borders of the ‘Irish Poem’ “

§  Christodoulos Makris, poet: “Travelling Light: Shedding Poetry’s National Baggage”

§  Nita Mishra, poet /scholar: “’Tom’s Exotic Princess’”

§  Nithy Kasa, poet: “Lines”

§  Fiona Bolger, poet: presenting “All the Worlds Between”

4.15 The Immigrant Council of Ireland (presented by Tereza Buszckowska)
4.45 Break
5.00 Ó Briain Memorial Lecture (Chair: Anne O’Connor)

Patrick Stevenson (Southampton): “Moving Stories: Writing Berlin Lives”

Introduced by Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy President, NUIG

6.00 Reception