Centre for Luxembourg Studies Welcomes Prominent Visitors

Centre for Luxembourg Studies Welcomes Prominent Visitors in Autumn 2013

The Centre for Luxembourg Studies welcomes two prominent visitors to the University of Sheffield this autumn: Professor Kathryn Davis (University of Hawai’i), currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Luxembourg, and the renowned author Jean Portante, who was awarded the Prix Servais in 1994 and the Prix Batty Weber (Prix national de littérature) in 2011.

Awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to spend the autumn semester based at the University of Luxembourg, Professor Kathryn Davis (University of Hawai’i) is collaborating with colleagues on projects grappling with forms of engaged language policy. This work is driven by the goal of building bridges between academic research and the lived experiences of social actors. In Sheffield, Professor Davis will give a lecture as part of the School of Languages and Cultures Research Seminar Series on ‘Language, Identity, and Agency at Transnational Crossroads: Language Planning for Diversity’. Professor Davis’ lecture will draw on research in Samoa, Nepal, Vietnam and Luxembourg. Dr Kristine Horner will follow up with a lecture on ‘Discourses on Language, Migration and Citizenship in Luxembourg: Building Bridges or Barriers?’ The event will take place on Wednesday, 27 November at 5.30pm in the Humanities Research Institute.

Jean Portante, son of Italian immigrants to Luxembourg, is indisputably one of the leading Luxembourgish authors of our time. In 1994 he was awarded the Prix Servais, following the publication of the widely acclaimed novel ‘Mrs. Haroy’. Mr Portante was awarded the Prix Batty Weber (Prix national de littérature) in 2011 for his overall contributions to Luxembourgish literature. Based on a selection of his work, he will give a public reading in French and English on Wednesday, 4 December at 5pm in the Humanities Research Institute. This event is generously sponsored by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Luxembourg and co-organised by the Centre for Luxembourg Studies and the School of English in Sheffield, with input from Dr Zoë Skoulding at the University of Bangor.

Dr Kristine Horner, Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, said: “Seminars and interactions with visitors from Luxembourg enrich the research culture and student experience in Sheffield. The Centre also benefits greatly from input from colleagues across the Faculty here in Sheffield, including in particular the Schools of Languages and Cultures, English and History. Outside of Luxembourg, the University of Sheffield is home to the only research centre for Luxembourg Studies and it is the only university to offer undergraduate degree programmes with Luxembourg Studies. This niched specialism makes Sheffield unique not only in the UK but also on a global scale. Welcoming visitors such as Professor Davis and Mr Portante contributes to this profile and it provides our students with a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the linguistic and cultural diversity that characterises contemporary Luxembourg and the globalising world.”

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Professor Kathryn Davis
Mr Jean Portante