Luxembourg Studies Colloquium 2020

This year's Luxembourg Studies Colloquium will take place virtually on Friday, 15 May 2020.

LUX Studies Colloquium 2020 Poster

We are pleased to announce that the annual Luxembourg Studies Colloquium will take place virtually on Friday, 15 May 2020. From 10:45 (GMT+1) onwards, we will showcase research by undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Sheffield, as well as the University of Luxembourg. Keynote speaker will be Jeanne Glesener, an associate professor for Luxembourgish Literature at the University of Luxembourg, whose research focuses on Luxembourgish literary and cultural history, small literatures in Europe and migration literature in Europe.

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Luxembourg through the looking-glass: perspectives, representations and (dis)connections

Friday, 15 May 2020, Virtual format via Blackboard Collaborate


10.45 - 10.50 Words of Welcome

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, Vice President and Head of Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Dr Kristine Horner, Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies

10.50 - 11.00 Opening of Colloquium

HE Mr Jean Olinger, Luxembourg Ambassador to the Court of St James’s

11.00 - 11.30 Keynote Lecture (Chair: Kristine Horner)

Associate Professor Jeanne Glesener (University of Luxembourg)

Méi wéi Rieslingspaschtéit, Fausti a Sprangprëssioun – Introducing Kulturgeschicht Lëtzebuerg

11.30 - 12.15 Luxembourgish Student Presentations (Chair: Cian Hurley)    

Alex Cook and Rob Swarbrick

Memory and local history in Luxembourg

Kate Dudgeon

Is the film industry putting Luxembourg on the map?

Rivka Bidwell

Debates and perceptions on the promotion of the Luxembourgish language

12.15 - 12.30 Lëtz Create

Advanced Luxembourgish students, together with Sheffield graduate Honor Wroe, discuss their creative writing projects

12.30 - 13.45 Lunch Break

We invite you to check out the Lëtz Create platform between sessions

13.45 - 14.30 Luxembourgish Student Presentations (Chair: Sarah Degano)

Rowan Evenden

Youth engagement in climate action: the reactions of Luxembourg’s media

Jamie Wilson

With reference to the Luxembourgish religious education system, how have contemporary controversial issues impacted upon the church/state dichotomy?

Jonny Shipton

How is Luxembourg addressing its 'democratic deficit' whilst maintaining naturalisation standards that are acceptable to its citizen population?

14.30 - 15.15 Language, negotiation and social change (Chair: Sarah Muller)       

Cian Hurley (University of Sheffield)

Leit déi an engem Backoffice setzen brauchen Lëtzebuergesch net: Competing language ideologies in discourses of the Luxembourgish workplace

Dr Kristine Horner (University of Sheffield)

Multilingualism, mobility and intersectionality: Narratives of struggle and resilience in migrant women’s language biographies

15.15 - 15.30 Short break

15.30 - 16.15 Language, identity and education (Chair: Jean-Jacques Weber)

Sarah Degano (University of Luxembourg)

Student translanguaging: insights into resource combinations and reflections of classroom practices

Sarah Muller (University of Sheffield)

“Draw your languages”: insights into Luxembourgish primary school students’ linguistic repertoires through the language portrait

16.15 - 16.45 Reflections on Luxembourg Studies

Current students and alumni (Sîan Dolan, Francesca Iacob, Maisie Tripp and Lucy Thompson) reflect on their experiences with Luxembourg Studies

16.45 - 17.00  Closing of Colloquium

HMA Mr John Marshall, British Ambassador to Luxembourg

Professor Jan Windebank, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures

17.00 Virtual Reception

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