News and Events
SOAS Conference on Language Policy
On 22 September 2017, Dr Kristine Horner and Sarah Muller presented their research at the Symposium on the Politics of Language Policy at the Local Level, organised by SOAS University of London.
Luxembourg National Holiday Festivities 2017 in London
Our Sheffield alumnae enjoyed the festivities in honour of the Luxembourg National Holiday in London with Ambassador Patrick Engelberg and other guests.
#LuxUKLinks Exhibition in Luxembourg
British Ambassador to Luxembourg, John Marshall, unveiled #LuxUKLinks Exhibition at his residence on 30 May 2017, with Dr Kristine Horner in attendance. The Centre for Luxembourg Studies at the University of Sheffield is featured as part of the 23 panel exhibition which will first travel around Luxembourg in and then possibly to the UK in 2018. Ambassador Marshall and Prime Minister Bettel spoke about the importance of the UK-Luxembourg relationship and the key role that we all have to play in maintaining this.
Upcoming Centre for Luxembourg Studies Colloquium 2017: Crossing Language, Crossing Cultures
This year's Luxembourg Studies Colloquium will be held on Friday, 5th May in the Humanities Research Institute.
Visit to the Luxembourg Embassy in London
On 16 November 2016, 18 students and staff from the University of Sheffield travelled to London to attend a private viewing of the art exhibition 'Earth Rock and Soul' by the Luxembourgish-born artist Fabienne Delli Zotti, hosted at the Luxembourg Embassy. They were joined by members of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies and former Luxembourg Studies alumni, and were warmly welcomed at the event by H.E. Mr Patrick Engelberg, Luxemboug Ambassador to the Court of St James's.
Luxembourgish Taster Class at the International Languages Festival
On 23 October 2016, the International Languages Festival hosted by the International Students’ Committee of the University of Sheffield included a Luxembourgish taster session. Two students, Kasra Shahtaheri and Roberta Anderlini showed a great sense of initiative as they organised and delivered a fantastic taster session for those who were curious to find out more about Luxembourgish language and culture. Kasra reported that participating in the festival was fun and a particularly proud moment for him, as he was able to put a smaller language on the map by adding Luxembourgish to the programme next to other languages such as French, Spanish and Russian.
Sociolinguistics Lecture and Luxembourgish Taster Class at Europe House
Dr Kristine Horner and Sarah Muller gave a well-received lecture on the sociolinguistics of Luxembourg, followed by a Luxembourgish language taster class, at Europe House in London on 16 December 2015. The lecture set the national language in social and historical context, focusing on the way in which the status of Luxembourgish has shifted over the past two centuries. The subsequent taster class allowed participants to engage in language learning activities in relation to learning about the geography of Luxembourg.
Among the 50 participants at this event in London to round off Luxembourg’s Presidency of the EU Council were Mr Jean Claude Kugener (Deputy Head of Mission, Luxembourg Embassy in the UK) and Mr Stephen Turkington (Language Officer, European Commission Representation in the UK). The reception was generously sponsored by the Luxembourg Embassy in London.
Participants' comments on the event:
“I learned a lot about the history of Luxembourg and how its languages are learnt by the population – very interesting. Many people know absolutely nothing about Luxembourg in the UK so thank you!”
“I had no previous knowledge of the language at all and was fascinated by the political and sociological aspects of its development.”
“I was surprised how a language spoken by the people wasn’t made an official language until 1984! GREAT PRESENTATION! VERY ENGAGING THROUGHOUT!”
“I was surprised by the complexity that laws can impose upon language of instruction, how quickly that language environment changes in comparison to the legal framework.”
“The speakers were brilliant and truly engaging. Thank you for giving us a taste of Luxembourg!”
“I was surprised by how much I learned despite having visited Luxembourg many times and having Luxembourgish friends. Brilliant evening.”
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Visit to Europe House in London
On 4 December 2015, 20 students and staff from the University of Sheffield travelled to London to attend a key cultural event marking the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They were warmly welcomed at the event by H.E. Mr Patrick Engelberg, Luxembourg Ambassador to the Court of St James's, upon arrival at Europe House. On this occasion, students were able to view the photography exhibit entitled Unexpected Ordinary Luxembourg by Andrès Lejona. The event closed with a stellar concert by the renowned Luxembourgish pianist, Jean Muller, at St John’s Smith Square.
Visiting European Fellow Brigitta Busch on Spracherleben ‘the lived experience’ of Multilingualism
On 3-6 November 2015, we were pleased to welcome Professor Brigitta Busch to Sheffield as a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Visiting European Fellow. Professor Busch delivered an engaging and insightful seminar on ‘Linguistic repertoire and the lived experience of language’ at the Humanities Research Institute on 4 November. Professor Busch followed this up on 5 November with a memorable masterclass that encouraged much reflexive discussion among staff and students alike. The title of the masterclass was ‘Multimodal biographical approaches to research in multilingual settings: exploring linguistic repertoires’.
Brigitta Busch holds the post of Professor for Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna and has a wide range of research interests, including linguistic rights, multilingualism, interethnic relations and the relationship between language, space and the media. Professor Busch’s visit to Sheffield was generously sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, together with support from the Worldwide Universities project on Multilingualism and Mobility that is being led by members of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies.
Visit to the Luxembourg Embassy in London
On 27 October 2015 two of our undergraduate students, Jake Mason (BA Modern Languages) and Michael Migliaccio (BA German with Luxembourg Studies) together with Joanna Kremer (PhD student, Luxembourg Studies), had the unique opportunity to meet Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, upon his visit to London to meet with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and to deliver a lecture at the London School of Economics.
Two WUN Projects – One Workshop: Multilingualism & Mobility and Understanding Globalisation
As part of the WUN-funded network on Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern & Southern Hemispheres, led by Dr Horner with input from Dr Bellamy, a second international workshop was organised at the University of Cape Town on 15-16 October 2015. This second workshop was in partnership with the parallel WUN-funded network on Understanding Globalisation – Margins and Peripheries led by Professor Ana Deumert (Cape Town).
The programme focused on the following themes: perspectives from the Global North and Global South, positionality of the researcher, questioning key concepts such as superdiversity, and the interface between language, power and agency. Over 40 participants from five continents travelled to Cape Town to take part in the event, including delegates from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Luxembourg, South Africa and the UK.
Sarah Muller and Cyril Wealer join the Centre for Luxembourg Studies
In October 2015 the Centre for Luxembourg Studies welcomed two new members, Sarah Muller and Cyril Wealer. Ms Muller is currently enrolled on the MA programme in linguistics and her areas of specialism are sociolinguistics, language policy and Luxembourg Studies. She is also teaching Luxembourgish conversation classes at all levels. Mr Wealer is a joint location PhD student in the Language and Cognitive Development group at the University of Luxembourg and the Human Communication Department at the University of Sheffield. He is particularly interested in a range of questions linked to cross-language transfer of pre-literacy skills in the multilingual context of Luxembourg.
Graduation with the Class of 2015: Congratulations to all including the winner of the Luxembourg Embassy Prize 2015, Laura Tennant
Members of the Centre warmly congratulated our graduating students of Luxembourg Studies on their achievements at the reception held on 21 July 2015. The highly original and outstanding of project work by this year’s cohort was spotlighted at the 20th Anniversary Colloquium. On graduation day, Laura Tennant received the award for being selected as the recipient of the 2015 Luxembourg Embassy Prize. Félicitatiounen to Laura!
Joanna Kremer Selected as Winner of the Prokorov Prize 2015
The Graduate Committee of the School of Languages and Cultures awarded this year's Prokhorov Prize to Joanna Kremer. The Prokhorov prize recognises ‘outstanding contribution to research culture and life of the School by a final year postgraduate research student.' Ms Kremer has had wide-ranging impact on the research culture and life of the School and she has contributed enormously to the research and teaching at the Centre for Luxembourg Studies. Moreover, Joanna has published findings based on her research on language testing and citizenship in Luxembourg and co-authored forthcoming publications on discursive approaches to language policy and language ideologies in Luxembourg. The Centre offers our warm congratulations on this achievement!
Worldwide Universities Network Workshop: Multilingualism and Mobility
As part of the WUN-funded network project on Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern & Southern Hemispheres, Dr Horner and Dr Bellamy organised an international workshop on 29-30 June 2015. This network brings together academics who explore the ways that language shapes and is shaped by diverse forms of population movement, social mobility and intercultural encounters. Over 40 participants from five continents travelled to Sheffield to take part in the event, including delegates from universities in Alberta, Auckland, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Madison among others.
Luxembourg National Day Celebration at Europe House
Luxembourgish students Beth Barker, Francesca Iacob and Laura Tennant, together with members of the Centre, travelled to London on 23 June 2015 where they were greeted by the Luxembourg Ambassador to the Court of St James’s at the annual reception in celebration of the Luxembourg National Holiday. On this occasion, the Embassy organised the event at Europe House to ring in the start of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At this event, students also had the opportunity to view paintings by the Luxembourgish artist Gust Graas.
Joanna Kremer Awarded Best Postgraduate Teacher of the Year
Warm congratulations to Joanna Kremer for being awarded Best Postgraduate Teacher at this year’s Academic Awards Ceremony on 21 May 2015. Over 350 nominations were received from students for various categories this year. We are delighted that our students are so pleased with the quality of Luxembourgish teaching here at Centre. More information on the event may be found here.
Celebrating 20 Years of Luxembourg Studies in Sheffield:
Multilingual Encounters and ‘New Speakers’ of Luxembourgish
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, the colloquium held on 8 May 2015 attracted 80 people, including staff, students and members of the general public. It was a great honour that the Luxembourg Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, H.E. Mr Patrick Engelberg, formally opened the event and took part in discussions over the course of this special day.
The programme showcased work by undergraduate Sheffield students as well as former and current Erasmus students from the University of Luxembourg. Two PGR students, Joanna Kremer (Sheffield) and Annie Flore Made Mbe (Luxembourg) also presented findings on language testing and citizenship and family language policy in Luxembourg. The keynote speaker, Dr Kasper Juffermans (Luxembourg), discussed his current project (STAR), which focuses on the theme of crossing borders and is informed by the sociolinguistics of globalisation. Following the closing of the colloquium by Prof Penny Simons, participants enjoyed a traditional Luxembourgish wine reception, which was generously sponsored by Caves Ries.
Further details, including photos and media coverage, may be found here.