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Home, Belonging & Language
A day of exploring

27 July 2018, 9:00 – 18:00, King’s College London,
Room 1.62, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus

Free and open to everyone, but places are limited, so please book here.

We would like to invite you to join us for exploring notions of home and belonging in relation to migration, identity and language. We live in a society built on migration where many languages are spoken and where many people feel they belong to more than one place (be that the Welsh village where they grew up and the big city they moved to as adults, or the Indian capital their parents left in favour of the European village where they spent their childhood).

With the opportunities and pressures of globalisation and in times of unprecedented economic and forced migration, notions of ‘home’ are becoming more fluid. The traditional idea of ‘home’ as a fixed, defined place that can easily be named, may, indeed, be crumbling. How do we each configure our own understanding of what home means, of what belonging means? How are ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ constructed in politics or in public discourse? How are home or belonging articulated through language? What is lost or gained in translation?

This day of exploration will combine group analytical methods like a large group session with talks and presentations by our invited speakers as well as a practical workshop and an open forum. Speakers include experts and practitioners from a variety of disciplines as we aim to examine ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ from different angles and perspectives from group-analysis, language education and fine arts to translation theory and practice. Through the interactive formats of the large group at the beginning of the day and the open forum at the end, everyone will be able to join the discussion and take a stake in what home and belonging mean.

The day of exploration builds on the project ‘Talking Transformations: Home on the Move’, which is based on the premise that constructions of home are intricately connected to language: the mother tongue, the foreign language and, between them, translation. Within the framework of the project, we commissioned and sent poetry about aspects of one’s own ‘home’ into a linguistic and artistic ‘migration’, where poems were translated into different languages (French, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, English) and into film art. The original poems were commissioned on the basis of public workshops held with local communities in Britain and Poland. The resulting poetry, literary translations and films will be exhibited at The National Poetry Library from 26 July to 23rd September 2018.

Attendees/participants are also warmly invited to the opening of the exhibition on the evening of 26 July, where there will also be an opportunity to meet some of the artists, poets and translators. (National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX)


Teodor Ajder (editor of trilingual migrant magazine Mamaliga, Warsaw), Maria-José Blanco (group work conductor), Briony Campbell (filmmaker and photographer), Simon Coffey (School of Education, King’s College London), Manuela Perteghella & Ricarda Vidal (curators of Talking Transformations/ King’s College London), Zuzanna Janin (artist/filmmaker), Joanna Kosmalska (Polish writers in Britain, University of Lodz), Maria McLintock (curator of System of Systems ), Loredana Polezzi (Translation Studies, University of Cardiff)


Maria-Jose Blanco, Manuela Perteghella, Ricarda Vidal

Sponsored by the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London.


Thursday, 26th July


Exhibition opening at The National Poetry Library with poetry readings and multilingual performance.
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Friday, 27th July

A day of exploring at King’s College London
Room 1.62, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, London SE1 9NH

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-10.30 Large group (led by Maria-José Blanco)

10.30-11.00 Coffees

11.00 -12.30 Panel 1:

Simon Coffey on language learner autobiographies (‘home’ and the ‘unhomely’)
Loredana Polezzi on translation and migration
Joanna Kosmalska on the transnational home in Polish literature

12.30-13.30 Lunch (not provided)

13.30-14.30 Panel 2:

Zuzanna Janin on making art and making a home between London and Warsaw
Briony Campbell on home-making across racial and continental borders

14.30-15.30 Workshop on translating ‘home’ (led by Manuela Perteghella & Ricarda Vidal) with coffees

15.30-16.30 Panel 3:

Teodor Ajder on translation, migration and the migrant’s voice
Maria McLintock on bureaucracy, political power and asylum seekers

16.30-18.00 Open Forum large group (led by Maria-José Blanco) with wine reception

Full details of the programme will be published soon.

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