We’re delighted to invite you to a new exhibition with partners The New Speaker Network and The Milk Café as part of The Refugee Festival Scotland 2017.
The exhibition comprises a new film and series of photographs which explore the dynamics involved in becoming a new speaker of a language in multilingual Europe, where globalisation, mobility and transnational networking are transforming the linguistic ecologies of contemporary societies.
The works in the exhibition have been created by Deirdre MacKenna, drawing from new research funded by the EU COST programme ‘The New Speakers Network‘ which is chaired by Bernadette O’Rourke of Heriot Watt University and comprises members from 28 EU countries. The New Speakers Network focuses on the dynamics involved in becoming a ‘New Speaker’ in European communities in which globalization, mobility and transnational networking are transforming how people use languages.
Deirdre interviewed eight people, seeking their stories and opinions about being a New Speaker. Working with cinematographer Gordon James, she invited Agata Urbanska, Brian Thunder, Daniele Sambo, Hanneke Scott-Van Weil, Leena Nammari, Miren Manias, Nadifa Essa and Nina Bacos to tell their stories and to propose an object which in some way represented their experience of learning languages. The objects are presented in the photographs and the film as a substitute for the archetypal portrait-image of the interviewee, and encourage us to concentrate on the interviewees’ stories rather than their appearance.
And on Saturday 24th, please join us to launch The New Speaker Guide, a new mini-publication introducing the work of The New Speaker Network, a partnership of 28 countries working together to better understand the challenges and benefits of becoming a New Speaker at
Milk Café on
Saturday 24 June at 3pm.
The exhibition runs until 02 July.
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