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Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood: Integration, Community, and Co-Habitation

Event date Event time Event location
25/09/2019 - 27/09/2019 9:00 am - 5:30 pm University College Dublin, Humanities Institute, Dublin, Ireland

A conference of the UCD Humanities Institute, University College Dublin in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and supported by OWRI Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community – Translingual Strand.

Global mass migration on an unprecedented scale; dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean by refugees fleeing persecution and warfare; the loss of family and friends; the loss of home; the challenge of integrating the arrivants / arrivantes; and conflicting notions of identity and belonging – these are some of the transcultural predicaments of the globalisation processes of the 21st century coming to a head in the local encounters of urban (and rural) neighbourhoods.

Transnational neighbourhoods are frequently depicted as the ‘other’ and – as Gillian Jein notes – a ‘deviant terrain’. However, voices from within often emphasise different perceptions and have the potential to challenge and counter emerging discourses. The current political debate is highly polarised, binary and often dominated by quantitative arguments concerning the number of refugees, and the social, economic and political impact of their integration.

Against this backdrop,this conference seeks to shift focus by exploring transcultural encounters in the urban neighbourhood. The urban neighbourhood lends itself to a broad multi-perspectival and interdisciplinary exploration of transcultural practices acting as a social microcosm that allows for a more nuanced discussion of transculturality as lived practice.

Find out more at the event link: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/17598

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