Intercultural dialogues: Narratives of memory, migration, xenophobia and European identity

© Canadian Museum for Human Rights / Aaron Cohen

Panelists & performers highlight migration and xenophobia stories

With academics, composers, performers and students from Hungary, Germany, France, England and Canada, these two days and evenings proved to be an exciting and unique look into multi-generational narratives of memory, migration and xenophobia in the EU and in Canada. Students and academics presented, discussed and reflected on their recent tour of several historical sites within the EU and Canada pertaining to how the past informs the present within the context of migration and xenophobia.

Musical compositions written specifically for this topic were presented, narrated and performed throughout the two day symposium.

Narratives of Memory, Migration, and Xenophobia: Intercultural Dialogues, brought together scholars, students, and artists from Canada and Europe. It examined the recent resurgence of nationalist and xenophobic movements in North America and Europe. Free and open to the public, the symposium also explored the ways that post-war Europe fostered inclusion, as well as new readings of citizenship. The findings and calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were also explored in discussions about past historical narratives and how they can be used to forge a path towards inclusion.

The symposium included two evening concerts, the first on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., featuring the Quasar Saxophone Quartet with guest Joanna Hood at UVic’s Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. Then on Aug. 25, a second concert featuring the European compositions performed at 8 p.m. at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, featuring the work of Szigetvári, Jabri and Biró. Students Kimberly Farris-Manning, from UVic, and Adam Scime, from the University of Toronto, each debuted a piece based on their experiences in the EU field school. Both pieces were performed by fellow UVic student and participant, Emily MacCallum. See below for final program.

This symposium was held on the 24th and 25th of August, 2017, and was the final activity of the 2017 Summer Field School: Narratives of Memory, Migration and Xenophobia in the European Union and Canada. Both the summer school and the symposium were part of the "Intercultural dialogues: Narratives of memory, migration, xenophobia and European identity" grant. 

Program for August 24 - 25, 2017

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This international symposium was free and open to the public, with funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet Programme and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.