New field school a resonant experience

UVic Germanic and Slavic Studies graduate students Ethan Calof and Chorong Kim are featured in a story about the new EU humanities field school. Calof spoke about his experiences at the UVic conference Narratives of Memory, Migration, and Xenophobia: Intercultural Dialogues Aug. 24–25 in Victoria.

The symposium brought together scholars, students and artists from Canada and Europe to examine issues including the recent resurgence of nationalist and xenophobic movements in North America and Europe. The conference was the culmination of the new UVic field school, which started on July 17 for graduate students from the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and law. The large group travelled to Budapest, to the Ravensbrück Memorial Site north of Berlin, and to Camp des Milles Memorial Site near Aix, France, on the first leg of their journey. 

The new field school initiative was co-led by Helga Thorson, chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and European studies program director and associate professor Charlotte Schallié—both of UVic’s Faculty of Humanities; by sociologist and principal investigator Helga Halgrimsdottir of the School of Public Administration in UVic’s Faculty of Human and Social Development, and by composer Dániel Péter Biró of the School of Music in UVic's Faculty of Fine Arts. It was funded by the Jean Monnet Erasmus+ program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 

Read more about it in The Ring. Watch a video Chorong Kim made about the field school on Vimeo