Enterprising Culture: Entrepreneurship, Endorsement and Engagement of Minority Language in Europe’s Remote Rural and Small Island Communities.

Dates: Tuesday 21st – Wednesday 22rd February 2017

Venue: SAMS (Scottish Marine Institute), Oban

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Isle of Canna, Scotland.

Arts and humanities students and supervisors are invited to participate in this two day co-hosted (COST and SGSAH) inter- disciplinary event that will provide an opportunity to examine the interface between new minority language speakers, cultural entrepreneurship and research good practice in island and remote rural communities. The event seeks to build networks and share knowledge at all levels of research enquiry. With a focus on sharing examples of arts and humanities doctoral research and community policy case studies, participants will experience Scotland’s west coast community of Oban and participate in a range of ‘walking and talking’ research activity as well as key presentations, site visits and round table discussions.

 

Key themes for the two day event include:

  • Sharing good practice on minority language community research engagement and brokerage with particular emphasis on doctoral experiences;
  • Inviting a better understanding of the minority language and culture issues facing communities, entrepreneurs, host communities and new minority language speakers and the research potential this offers;
  • Drawing on multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual contexts to inform discussions regarding (i) the commodification of minority language and new speakers, (ii) the role of language and cultural enterprise in local and national policy, (iii)

‘futureproofing’ minority language cultures in ‘fragile’ and remote places;

  • Realising the value of place/language as fluid/living cultural practice and enterprise with key community contributions including poet and writer Norrie Bissell, Isle of Luing, Scotland, and James Harrison representing CultureVannin, Isle of Man;
  • Developing a pivoting perspective by which both research undertaken, challenges presented and new questions yet to emerge can be brought forth and offered for review and critique by both new and experienced researchers togethe

Event organisers:

Professor Mike Danson, Heriot Watt University                                             M.Danson@hw.ac.uk

Professor Bernadette 0’ Rourke, Chair of COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and

Challenges:  http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1306                b.m.a.o’rourke@hw.ac.uk

Dr Kathryn A Burnett, University of the West of Scotland         Kathryn.Burnett@uws.ac.uk

Mr Michael Rayner, University of the Highlands and Islands     Michael.Rayner@uhi.ac.uk

For expressions of interest please contact:  Professor Mike Danson                                                                     M.Danson@hw.ac.uk      or Dr Kathryn A Burnett

Kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk.

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