PhD in the Pub: Joanna Kremer discusses migration, citizenship and language policy
Joanna’s PhD in the pub talk took place on the 6th November 2014 at the Red Deer Pub in Sheffield city centre. PubhD Sheffield is organised by ScienceGrrl Sheffield and Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub. At each event, three PhD students, from any academic discipline, explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two. Each talk lasts 10 minutes, with an extra 10 minutes for questions and discussion. A flip chart or white board is available, but powerpoint presentations are forbidden at these informal and friendly events which aim to entertain and amuse as well as educate! Props and other aids to understanding are very welcome. At this event Joanna talked more broadly about her research situating it in the Luxembourgish context but also making links with policies which are being introduced in the U.K. After her talk there was a lively discussion which centred on issues of migration, citizenship and language policy.
Visit to the Luxembourg Embassy in London
On 13 October 2014 the student-led LuxSoc, together with members of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, visited the Luxembourg Embassy in London, where they received a warm welcome and informative presentation from HE Mr Patrick Engelberg, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Court of St James's, followed by a lively reception with members of Society of Luxembourg Students in Britain (SLSB) and the Luxembourg Society.
Visiting BENELUX Scholars
The Centre for Luxembourg Studies was pleased to welcome Bob Schoemaker, postgraduate student at the University of Leiden, who visited us from 6-10 October 2014. Linked to his doctoral research as part of the project on The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse (1750-1850), he gave a lecture on the historical relationship between Luxembourg and the Netherlands – including the language policy of Willem I between 1815 and 1830 – as part of the Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture module.
In light of our shared history and our collaborations with BENELUX colleagues, the Centre was also honoured to co-sponsor the French Studies seminar on 8 October 2014 on the topic of French-Dutch Language Contact in Belgium: From Conflict to Concord? given by Professor Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).
Joanna Kremer presents at the Festival of the Mind
On Thursday 25th September 2014, Joanna gave a talk at the Sheffield Ignite Academy which was part of the Festival of the Mind. With each talk lasting five minutes and 20 slides, the Ignite motto was: ‘Enlighten us but make it quick!’ Joanna’s talk was entitled "In the U.K., we speak English": Discussing language, identity and belonging in times of global change. When asked to describe her presentation, Joanna explained that nowadays, the movement of people and an increase in the diversity of society play an important part in many peoples’ lives. Ideas about who is perceived as belonging and what sort of behaviour or languages are seen as ‘threatening’ our way of life are at the centre of debates concerning immigration, benefits, education, employment etc. “My presentation discussed some examples illustrating how my research, which focuses on individual peoples’ stories, provides alternative perspectives on these issues.”
Dr John Bellamy joins the Centre for Luxembourg Studies
In September 2014 the Centre for Luxembourg Studies welcomed its newest member, Dr John Bellamy, who is co-investigator on the MULTILUX project, led by Dr Horner. This project explores people’s viewpoints on the ways that language is used in Luxembourg, with a particular focus on the disjuncture between language policy at the level of the state and everyday linguistic practices. Insights from Dr Bellamy’s innovative DAAD funded research on language attitudes in spoken interaction in Germany are enriching the methodological approaches and the theoretical parameters of our project.
Modern Languages Teachers Conference 2014
Dr Horner gave the opening lecture on experiencing and valuing multilingualism at the Modern Languages Teachers Conference at the University of Sheffield on 27 June 2014. Over 30 teachers of French, German and Spanish attended the conference on the theme of Modern Languages at A Level. In this context, participating teachers had the opportunity to refresh their subject knowledge and to explore developments in language teaching in recent years.
Award Winner of Luxembourg Embassy Prize 2014, Sam Mycock
Advanced Luxembourgish students, together with members of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, travelled to London on 24 June 2014 where they met the Luxembourg Ambassador to the Court of St James’s at a reception in celebration of the Luxembourg National Holiday. The Embassy organises an annual reception to chime in with events in Luxembourg, in particular the Freedefeier ‘fireworks display’ in Luxembourg City. Students were able to make direct links between celebratory rituals and materials discussed during seminars.
On this occasion, the Ambassador also personally congratulated Sam Mycock (BA German and History) for being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Luxembourg Embassy Prize. Félicitatiounen to Sam also on behalf of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies!
Sociolinguistics Symposium 20
Ms Kremer and Dr Horner presented a joint paper on experiences of language testing and citizenship policies in Luxembourg as part of a thematic panel on ‘Discursive Approaches to Language Policy’ at Sociolinguistics Symposium 20 in Jyväskylä, Finland from 16-20 June 2014. The conference theme was on language/time/space and papers addressed ‘connectivity and trajectories of language resources in time and space; how language practices change, vary and alternate in their different geographical, social and political contexts; and how they come together in different nexuses emerging from what can be called ‘rhizomatic’ circulations.’
Three Minute Thesis 2014: Joanna Kremer Progresses to University Final
Joanna Kremer participated in the final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of Sheffield on 10 June 2014. The 3MT was devised by the University of Queensland in 2008. Since that time, its popularity has grown and nearly 200 universities across the world take part in the competition. The aim of the challenge is to explain a thesis in three minutes to a non-specialist audience and to pass on enthusiasm and passion.
Ms Kremer explained her motivation for entering the 3MT: “I chose to participate in the competition because I wanted to challenge myself to explain my interdisciplinary research combining language policy, citizenship and migration. When I received the first email about this challenge I thought I should give it a go since I enjoy finding new ways of presenting. I also wanted to push myself to explain my work to a different type of audience. Three minutes is a very short time and I initially found it hard to write down what I wanted to say. However, making it through to the Faculty finals was an amazing feeling as it showed me how important my research is not just in our School, but also across the whole Faculty. When I was told that I had gotten through to the final in June, I was really excited and it also gave me more confidence for other presentations I was giving at academic conferences.”
Many congratulations to Ms Kremer for having been selected to represent the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in this highly competitive and stimulating event.
LiveDifference Conference 2014
On 23 May 2014, Ms Kremer presented findings from her PhD research on migration, place and belonging in the context of multilingual Luxembourg. Her interdisciplinary research resonates with the conference objective of ‘critically engaging with the future of social relations to stimulate further debate about the changing nature of prejudice and intolerance in the 21st century and to identify new strategies for developing inclusive societies and creating togetherness.’ Ms Kremer presented related work and also provided commentary on research by her peers at the School of Languages & Cultures colloquium on 16 May 2014.
Luxembourg Studies Poster Presentation
On 14 May 2014, students on the Introduction and Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture modules joined forces to organise an interactive poster presentation. Students on the Introduction module explored aspects of language, culture and history in relation to the concept of national identity and social change in contemporary Luxembourg. Students on the Advanced module designed individual projects that dealt with diverse perceptions of the roles and functions of the Luxembourgish language as well as shifts in the multilingual media landscape.
Sheffield Student Internships in Luxembourg
Two of our students of Luxembourgish, Ben Courtenay and Lucy Tallentire, took part in internships from 17-31 March 2014 with the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, where they developed promotional educational materials and completed professional translations. Lucy and Ben were praised for the high quality of their work and their overall efficiency. During this time, they also gained in-depth and personal insights on the multilingual language situation and cultural context of Luxembourg.
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar, University of Bristol
On 24 March 2014, Dr Horner was invited to give a lecture at the University of Bristol on language testing and citizenship in Luxembourg. Some 25 students and staff attended the lecture, which was followed by a lively discussion on the multiple complexities and paradoxes linked to this policy.
Lecture by Professor Jean-Jacques Weber, Université du Luxembourg
Professor Jean-Jacques Weber gave a guest lecture on language-in-education policy in Luxembourg on 13 February 2014 in connection with the module on Social Approaches to Multilingualism. Hannah Milton, SURE 2013 Student Researcher of the Year, followed up on a related theme by presenting findings from her project on language and education of Roma children in the UK. A lively comparative discussion followed among the some 35 members of the audience.
HISON 2014: Historical Discourses on Language and Power
In cooperation with Sheffield colleagues in the School of English, Dr Peersman, Dr Horner and Ms Kremer organised the international HISON conference on Historical Discourses on Language and Power from 6-7 February 2014. The conference focused on the interface between history and linguistics, with a sharp focus on historical discourses on language and power. Dr Horner collaborated with Dr Rutten (Leiden) on a panel on Language Ideologies and Standardisation. As part of this panel, Dr Horner and Ms Kremer presented a joint paper based on their findings from the LUXCITIZEN project.
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Forum for Germanic Language Studies Conference (FGLS 11)
The biannual FGLS conference was held at Newnham College, Cambridge from 9-11 January 2014. The programme included papers dealing with a wide range of Germanic languages. Ms Kremer presented her research focused on perspectives on language testing and citizenship legislation ‘from below’ in Luxembourg as part of the panel on ‘New Directions in Germanic Sociolinguistics: Borders, Boundaries and Belonging’ organised by Dr Horner. Dr Bellamy also presented findings from his DAAD project focused on language attitudes in the Rurhgebiet. Papers explored various intersections between language, identity and place, in particular in regional areas, transnational contexts and borderland spaces.
Reading by the Renowned Author, Jean Portante
Jean Portante, son of Italian immigrants to Luxembourg, is indisputably one of the leading Luxembourgish authors of our time. In 1994 he was awarded the Prix Servais, following the publication of the widely acclaimed novel Mrs. Haroy (first published in 1993, later named Mrs. Haroy, ou, La mémoire de la baleine. Chronique d'une immigration in a re-edited version published in 1997). Mr Portante was awarded the Prix Batty Weber (Prix national de littérature) in 2011 for his overall contributions to Luxembourgish literature. Based on a selection of his work, we were pleased that he gave a reading in French and English on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 in the Humanities Research Institute. This event was generously sponsored by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Luxembourg and co-organised by the Centre for Luxembourg Studies and the School of English in Sheffield, with input from Dr Zoë Skoulding at the University of Bangor.
Lecture by Visiting Fulbright Professor, Kathy Davis
As a visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Luxembourg, Professor Kathryn Davis (University of Hawai’i) is collaborating with colleagues on projects grappling with forms of engaged language policy. This work is driven by the goal of building bridges between academic research and the lived experiences of social actors. In Sheffield, Professor Davis gave a lecture as part of the School of Languages and Cultures Research Seminar Series on Language, Identity, and Agency at Transnational Crossroads: Language Planning for Diversity. Professor Davis’s lecture will draw on research in Samoa, Nepal, Vietnam and Luxembourg. Dr Horner followed up with a lecture on Discourses on Language, Migration and Citizenship in Luxembourg: Building Bridges or Barriers? at the Humanities Research Institute on 27 November 2013.
Multilingualism and Mobility in Europe: Policies and Practices
A collaborative workshop took place on 11-12 July 2013 that included participants based at the Universities of Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Sheffield, Southampton and Strasbourg. Keynote lectures were given by Professor Adelheid Hu (Luxembourg), Professor Carol Pfaff (FU Berlin) and Professor Patrick Stevenson (Southampton). A wide range of fascinating papers was presented by postgraduate students, with established scholars acting as discussants. The event was generously funded by a RESCOM Exploratory Workshops grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg as well as the Doctoral School in Educational Sciences, the LCMI Research Unit, the Research Field Multilingualism in Education & Society (Luxembourg) and the Centre for Luxembourg Studies (Sheffield).
Award winner of Luxembourg Embassy Prize 2013, Scott Evans
Members of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies warmly congratulated Scott Evans (BA Modern Languages) for being awarded the 2013 Luxembourg Embassy Prize. Scott's overall performance on the oral and written examinations was outstanding and his contributions to the poster presentation were of a very high standard, in particular due to the reflective approach taken to exploring language issues in contemporary Luxembourg. Scott also participated in various events promoting Luxembourg Studies at the University of Sheffield, including among others our Open Days. Félicitatiounen!
Masterclass Symposium "Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts”
Dr Horner was invited to deliver a keynote lecture on the Masterclass Symposium “Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts” at the Université du Luxembourg on 16 May 2013. Her lecture focused on the topic of Regimes on Language and Citizenship in Multilingual Luxembourg. She also acted as a discussant in response to many interesting and thematically diverse papers given by the MA students on the programme.
Early Career Researcher visits Sheffield
Based on her cutting-edge PhD research on multilingualism in the workplace, Anne Franziskus (Université du Luxembourg) gave a seminar on “Have You Still Not Learnt Luxembourgish?” Language Norms and Cross-Border Workers in Luxembourg on Wednesday, 8 May 2013. She also attended the poster presentation put on by Level 2 and 3 students of Luxembourgish on the theme of theme Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn?: Language, Culture and History in Luxembourg.
Sheffield-Luxembourg Erasmus Teaching Mobility
The Centre for Luxembourg Studies welcomed Dr Pit Péporté (Université du Luxembourg) to Sheffield under the auspices of the Sheffield-Luxembourg Erasmus teaching mobility programme the final week of April 2013. In addition to leading seminars on the modules Luxembourgish Language & Culture and The Uses of History, Dr Péporté gave a lecture as part of the Medieval and Ancient Seminar Series (MARS) on The Politics of Historiography in the Lands of the Limburg-Luxembourg Dynasty on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 in the Humanities Research Institute.
Ringvorlesung über Klein- und Regionalsprachen
Dr Horner gave an invited lecture on language policies and practices in Luxembourg – with a focus on the shifting roles of Luxembourgish – at the Universität Flensburg, Germany on 19 December 2012. The audience was particularly interested in how Luxembourgish, a small language, is positioned as the national language in Luxembourg. Students, staff, members of the general public and members of minority language councils were in attendance, which provided for an interesting discussion.
Kleng Länner, Kleng Sproochen: Workshop and Reception
Members of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies (Dr Horner, Ms Kremer, Prof Newton, Dr Peersman and Dr West), together with our visiting Erasmus student Gilles Genot, organised student workshops focused on the history of Luxembourg and on contemporary language use in Luxembourg. With some 30 participants, the workshops took place on 4 December 2012 and were followed by a festive reception. In this way, students of Luxembourgish Language and Culture obtained insights from members of the Centre and in an interactive format.
Werkgroep over Taal (WOT)/VUB Linguistics Seminar
On 8 November 2012, Dr Horner was invited to lecture at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium on language and citizenship in Luxembourg. Some 25 students and staff attended the lecture, which was followed by a lively discussion that highlighted points of similarity and difference between the Belgian and Luxembourgish contexts.
XVIIes Journées Lotharingiennes
Dr West was invited to participate as a discussant at the conference XVIIes Journées Lotharingiennes: Bilan historiographique et cartographique des Journées d’études lotharingiennes 1980-2010, which took place from 17-19 October 2012 at the Université du Luxembourg. Further forms of collaboration between the Laboratoire d’Histoire at the Universté du Luxembourg (IPSE unit) and the School of History in Sheffield exist in the form of Erasmus exchange.
Sociolinguistics Symposium 19
Together with other members of the Historical Sociolinguistics Network, Dr Peersman organized a thematic panel on ‘Conflicts in the city, cities in conflict? Romano-Germanic encounters in the Low Countries’ at Sociolinguistics Symposium 19 at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany from 21-24 August 2012. Dr Horner presented a paper on the panel together with Professor Weber (Université du Luxembourg) on multilingual education in Luxembourg in socio-historical perspective.
6th Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics
Dr Horner was invited to teach on the 6th Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics on Frauenchiemsee, Germany from 9-16 August 2012. Her classes focused on Luxembourg Studies, in particular on language and citizenship in Luxembourg and on Luxembourgish language and cultural heritage in the United States. Ms Kremer also attended the summer school, which was generously supported by a Petrie Watson Award from the University of Sheffield.
Prime Minister Juncker of Luxembourg praises connection between Sheffield and Luxembourg
Congratulations to Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker for being awarded an Honorary Degree in Letters from the University of Sheffield on 16 July 2012. One of the most influential political figures in modern Europe, Mr Juncker is the longest serving democratically elected head of any government in the world and has served twice as President of the European Council. It was a great honour for students and staff in Luxembourg Studies and the School of Languages and Cultures to welcome Mr Juncker to Sheffield. Congratulations also to our 2012 winner of the Luxembourg Embassy Award, Anna Hartley, who received her award directly from the Prime Minister of Luxembourg on this special occasion. The presence and success of Luxembourg Studies at Sheffield was also picked up by the Guardian Northener blog, which refers to Luxembourg Studies at Sheffield as an example of a fascinating 'speciality niche' that brings 'great prosperity and lively newcomers' to the City and beyond.
Luxembourgish Language Taster Sessions
As part of University of Sheffield Open Days in June 2012, Ms Kremer organised a series of Luxembourgish language taster sessions, which were attended by prospective university students. This event builds on the previous success of the Luxembourgish language workshops given by Dr Krummes at the Luxembourg American Cultural Center in Wisconsin, United States in August 2011.
Forum for Germanic Language Studies Conference (FGLS 10)
The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, in cooperation with the Centre for Dutch Studies and the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, is pleased to host the 10th Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS) Conference in January 2012. In addition to papers focused on German, the programme included papers dealing with a wide range of Germanic languages, for example Dutch, Luxembourgish, and the Scandinavian languages. Keynote speakers were Professor Robert Howell (Wisconsin-Madison) and Professor Gerald Newton (Sheffield).
Luxembourg Heritage Weekend
Dr Krummes was the invited keynote speaker at the Luxembourg Heritage Weekend Cultural Conference organised by the Luxembourg American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin in August 2011. In addition to delivering a plenary talk on seven myths about Luxembourgish, he led Luxembourgish language workshops for adults and children as a means of enabling individuals of Luxembourgish descent to learn more about the language of their ancestors.
Professor Newton receives the Commandeur de l´Ordre Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chêne
Congratulations to Professor Gerald Newton for being awarded the Commandeur de l´Ordre Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chêne at the Luxembourg Embassy in London in May 2011. This is the second occasion upon which Professor Newton has been decorated by the Luxembourgish government for his contributions to the field of Luxembourg Studies.
Research seminar on multilingualism in Schleswig-Holstein and Luxembourg
Dr Nils Langer (University of Bristol) and Dr Horner presented their work on multilingualism in Schleswig-Holstein and in Luxembourg respectively as part of the School of Modern Languages and Linguistics research seminar series in May 2011. Focal themes included the significance of borderlands for research on multilingualism and the ways that contemporary language policies and practices are linked with (or disconnected from) those of the past.
Visit by renowned author and musician, Claudine Muno
The Centre for Luxembourg Studies welcomed our first Visiting Author from Luxembourg, Claudine Muno, in February 2011. In addition to reading from her novels – written in Luxembourgish, French, German and English – Ms Muno took part in a Luxembourgish-English translation workshop with groups of undergraduate students and offered a musical performance that included, among others, songs from her latest album entitled Noctambul.
Symposium in honour of Professor Newton
In celebration of Professor Newton´s achievements and contributions to the academic community, a symposium was organised in his honour in July 2010. Based on the theme of Language, Society and the Individual in a Multilingual Space, four presentations were given by postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students: Dr Anne Rohstock (Université du Luxembourg), Dr Cedric Krummes (Bangor University/University of Sheffield), Daniel Redinger (University of York) and Anne Franziskus (Université du Luxembourg).