Como a questão das identidades culturais é um dos temas mais importantes da área de Educação Bilíngue, creio que este congresso pode interessar.
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International Doctoral Summer School
Identity and Interculturality: Research Methods
To be held at Roskilde University, Denmark on 4-8 July 2011
• Michael Byram, (Professor Emeritus, School of Education,
• Claire Kramsch (University of California at Berkeley, USA),
• Alex Gillespie (University of Stirling, Scotland)
• Mike Baynham (University of Leeds, England).
The event is convened by Fred Dervin (University of Turku, Finland) and
Karen Risager (Roskilde University, Denmark). It is initiated by the
international research network Cultnet and is hosted by the doctoral
programme Intercultural Studies at Roskilde University.
Aims and Target Group of the Summer School
The aims of the Roskilde International Summer School are threefold:
• to help students grasp and critically engage with the notions of
identity and interculturality and see how they are related
• to get to know various research methods that can help students to
within cultural and social complexity
• to discuss their own research topics and to get to test various
tools that can help them to move on in/improve their research
The Summer School is meant to be transdisciplinary, and the target group
is PhD students from all disciplinary backgrounds who are especially
interested in methodologies related to this field of study.
Discussions at the Summer School are to be organised in four thematic areas:
Education: identity and interculturality in education and learning
Migration: identity and interculturality in migration and other kinds of
Literature: identity and interculturality in literary representation and
Technologies: identity and interculturality developed via digital
technologies and media
Identity and Interculturality
The concept of identity is one of the pivotal concepts of our times – but
also one of the most controversial. It has been theorized from many
different disciplinary angles in the humanities and the social sciences,
and has been a central concept in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural
Studies. It covers a richness of perspectives such as identity and
experience, identity and the body, identity and politics, identity and
recognition, etc., and a wide range of sociocultural parametres have been
explored: identity and gender, age, profession, nationality, ethnicity,
race, language, religion, class, etc. In today’s research there seems to
be an agreement on the fact that identity doesn’t exist in itself but that
it is constructed and thus not a given.
Interculturality has come to be an umbrella term for a view of the
world that foregrounds complexity of meaning production and identity
construction at both micro and macro levels. Here as well, the terms are
legio to express these phenomena: cultural diversity, transculturality,
cultural complexity, cultural hybridity, etc. Researchers now emphasize
that these shouldn’t be used interchangeably as they are not synonymous.
This means that researchers must position themselves clearly within the
The study of identity and interculturality is also the study of a whole
array of social problems and power-issues like dominance, inequality,
subalternity, exclusion/inclusion, minority/majority, othering,
marginalization, discrimination, essentialization, ethnicism, racism,
linguicism, culturalism – and their consequences for the subject, both
the dominated and the dominator.
Focus on Research Methods
In the vast and fertile field of studies on identity and interculturality
the focus will be on research methods. For novice researchers the issue of
researching complexity is very challenging. They often work within
postmodern, post-structuralist or deconstructivist paradigms, which have
questioned solid understandings of basic concepts such as identity,
subjectivity and culture. But they may find it hard to identify analytical
tools that can allow working within complexity, plurality and instability.
The focus will primarily be on qualitative methods, such as
studies, conversation analysis, dialogical studies, discourse and
narrative studies, biographical studies, action research, as well as
triangulations of these. However, we do not want to treat the
qualitative/quantitative divide too absolutely. In some research projects
on identities it may be highly relevant to supplement or contextualize by
means of quantitative methods.
In methodological reflections, the language aspect is often
both in the sense that much of the research process is indeed discursive,
and in the sense that all people involved in research, including
informants, speak one or more languages, and choose to communicate in one
or more language(s), perhaps mediated by an interpreter. In research on
interculturality, in particular, the question of what languages are
spoken and by whom, may be highly relevant, as the choice of languages is
neither culturally nor politically neutral.
The Summer School will be composed of:
• lectures by experts + discussants
• parallel workshops on the above-mentioned four thematic areas. In
workshops students will present their work and get feedback from the
• roundtables on specific issues related to methodology
For further information and / or to register, please contact Tinna Kryger:
See also the website of the Summer School: