Mike Danson, Ullrich Kockel, Máiréad Nic Craith, Katerina Strani and Emma Hill presented their work and received extremely positive reviews at the Annual Conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), which took place at University College Cork, 1-3 September 2014.
Prof. Danson chaired the Panel on Macro-regional Strategies and Macro-regions in the European Union (EU): Toward a New Form of EU Governance? This included papers on new forms of EU governance in relation to Macro-regions, EU strategies on the Baltic Sea and Danube regions, and EU governance in Ukraine. Mike also presented a paper at the panel on Comparing Macro-Regional Strategies and Macro-Regions in the European Union, on "Partnerships, Networking and Macro-regional Dimensions: Scotland and its Neighbours". Abstract
Migration, Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary European Societies
Dr Strani had organised a panel on Migration, Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary European Societies, chaired by Prof. Kockel who also acted as discussant. The panel, which included papers by Máiréad Nic Craith, Katerina Strani and Emma Hill, examined ways in which migration influences and shapes European societies. Drawing on migration studies, social and cultural anthropology, communication theory and public sphere theory, the papers explored multilingual narratives of migrants in Germany, their impact on belonging and a sense of place; change in public sphere communication through immigration and multilingualism; and, immigrant campaigning in the European context, with a focus on the Bajuni community in Glasgow. The panel offered alternative perspectives and proposed new theoretical frameworks for the study of migration in the European context.
"Reassessing the Role of the 'trickster': a Consideration of Immigrant Campaigning in Scotland in a European Context" Abstract
Máiréad Nic Craith:
"Transcultural/Transnational Literature in German: Discourses of Inclusion/Exclusion" Abstract
"Theoretical Perspectives on the Impact of Multilingualism in Public Sphere Communication" Abstract