Spring School 2019 - Sold Out!

Spring School 2019 - Sold Out!

Issued: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:15:00 GMT

Spring School 2019 full programme FINAL(PDF download) 

The Artists and Academics working with the UNESCO Chair at the University of Glasgow will host their second Spring School on 1-3 May 2019.  

The Arts of Integrating: Labouring and Resting 

Stepping up 
Falling back 
Labouring and resting.

In her exquisite one woman performance Wind Resistance, the artist Karine Polwart uses these words as a refrain for understanding the spaces of refuge and sanctuary created by the work of migrating geese. She sees their flight paths as a ‘gale-bitten struggle to sustain cooperation’ within the ‘Laws of Motion’, the title of her most recent album. People move, birds fly and change their song to adapt to new environments, objects circulate and there is constant resourceful traffic in ideas. We aim to capture this resourcefulness in our second Spring School.  

The Second UNESCO RILA Spring School focuses on the arts of ‘labouring and resting.’ What is the work of integrating, who does it and how? How do new forms emerge and how are the old, precious forms of culture, art and language shared? How do languages shift and adapt, how do people learn new languages and translanguage? What does it mean to make culture, food, art in a new place, or with new people as part of integration?  

The Spring School falls on May Day. It is the day when, internationally, workers’ rights are celebrated and also a day of observing the changing of the seasons. Many traditions have been created around seasonal motion and also around the observation of workers’ rights and their labour. This should include the often unseen labour of provisioning for families, communities. The opposite of work is rest: holiday times, day trips, family celebrations.  

What does it mean to integrate through work and to integrate through rest? How do tourism and cultural institutes offer spaces for rest as well as for the work of learning? How do people labour, resist and rest in captivity? What happens to the caged birds’ songs, to the languages and emotions of those who are forced to be non-migratory against their will? How can the digital world support cooperation and integration in labour and at rest? 

The Spring School showcases the ways in which individuals, communities, societies and institutions have accommodated and hosted each other and reflect on the ways in which the arts and academic research offer insights into the processes of welcome and integration. Interpreted in the broadest sense, these themes range from how we engage with our neighbours to topics such as slavery and imperialism and their connection to the present. In particular, the Spring School will focus on artistic, multilingual and educational dimensions. 

1) Labouring and Resting in integrational settings 

a. Work, places and patterns of work and provision of care 
b. Holidays, tourism, family setting and cultural institutions 
c. Digital facilitation of integration through work and rest 

2) Creating shared culture 

a. What is culture? 
b. Festivals, celebrating culture, breaking bread together 
c. Language learning, teaching and translanguaging, language evolution 

3) Caged birds’ songs 

a. Labouring, resisting and resting in captivity 
b. Languages and emotions of the forced non-migratory 
c. After detention 

Programme summary:

Wednesday 1 May


Speaker: Amal Azzudin
Social Change through the Arts
Speakers: Veronica Crosbie & Julie Daniel
Tales from a University of Sanctuary
Listener: Catrin Evans


Jamie Spurway 
Interpreting Culture: Improving Cross-Cultural Communication 
Esa Aldegheri 
Mapping Welcome
The Welcome Hut
Deborah May from Küche
Tomorrow’s Kitchen
Art as a Universal Language
Ken Gordon & Chris Purnell
An Ephemeral Cultural Convergence
Shirley Gillan & Steven Ritchie
Caged Birds’ Songs


Emily-Marie Pacheco 
Letters to Cyprus 
Judith Thomas 
Integrating Through Language Learning and Teacher Relationships
Maria Dasli
UNESCO Guidelines on Intercultural Education

Thursday 2 May


Speaker: Ross White
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Speakers: Angelika Mietzner & Anne Storch
Beacher of Despair, Beaches of Hope: Language, Tourism, Integration?
Listener: Ben White


Sarah Cox
Bringing the Outside in
Catherine Orbach, Martha Orbach & Mary Raphaely 
Plants, Printmaking, Migration and Making a New Home
Art as a Universal Language
The Welcome Hut
Mia Gubbay, Chris Jamieson & Sarah Leal
Working Out Where to Stand
Pinar Aksu & Remzije Sherifi
What community means: welcoming people - Maryhill Integration Network
Lisa Matthews
Launching Right to Remain's asylum navigation board


Kahina Le Louvier 
Experiences of the Asylum System in the North-East of England 
Scottish Refugee Council Artist and UNESCO Chair Affiliate Artists
A discussion on Artist Networks
I.D. Campbell
Threshold: A Creative Exploration of Rites of Passage for Gaining Refugee Status
Hyab Yohannes
Understanding Post-liberation Eritrea
Lucy Cathcart Frödén
A Song for Amelia 


Helene Grøn
We are All Amelias 

Friday 3 May


Speakers: Beverley Costa, Teresa Murjas, Kamaljit Dosanj, San Maya Gurung, Joanna Mungai & Guida Shields
Around the Well
Speaker: Alison Phipps
The Rest of Labour
Listener: Kasia Uflewska-Watson


Valentina Bonizzi & Keith Fleming
The Stool


Catrin Evans 
The Spaces in Between: Moving Through the Emotional and Intellectual Labour of Integration
Giovanna Fassetta & Esa Aldegheri 
“Where Should the Birds Fly?” An Arabic Language Lesson for Beginners
The Welcome Hut
Oudai Tozan
Things You Don’t Know About Syria
Lavinia Hirsu
From “Tool” to “River”: A Serious Play with Metaphors of Language


Christian Hanser
Civic Shelters: Disrupting Accelerations of the Public Sphere Through A Collective Tiny House Retreat 
Rabia Nasimi & Mastoureh Fathi 
Art, Translanguage and Gendered Learnings in Pedagogical Setting
Effie Samara
The role of the arts in forced migrants' citizenship forming: towards a research agenda
Rachel Burke
Seeking Asylum in Australia and Barriers to Higher Education


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