Although the FORTHEM Alliance’s summer school on Symbolic Boundaries ended in the last days of July in Opole, we can still listen to the comments given by the participants. Take a look at the videos presenting the comments from both students and academics.

The interviews give an insight into the event that brought together an interdisciplinary group of academics and students from within and without the Alliance. The summer school was organised by the Diversity and Migration Lab and was coordinated by Prof. Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, and Dr Michał Wanke.

Here is what the participants said about the school:

Here is what the participants said about the school:

Dr Michał Wanke
Co-Organizer, Diversity and Migration Lab UO Contact Person, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies

Angelica Saenz
PhD Candidate, UV

Dr David Bousquet
Diversity and Migration Lab uB Contact Person, Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies

Dr Marlys Peck
Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Central Missouri, USA

Dr Kay Hearn
Lecturer at the School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Dr Mahmood Azizi
Assistant Professor of English, University of Mazandaran, Iran

Dr Ahmad Rizki Sridadi
Assistant Professor of Management, Airlangga University, Indonesia

Kitija Mirončuka
PhD Candidate, UL

Dr Virginie Brinker
Associate Professor in Francophone Literature, uB

Prof. Benno Herzog
Professor of Sociology, UV

Arturo Lance
PhD Candidate, UV

Clara Kleininger
Co-Organizer, Lecturer in Sociology, UO

Dr Julia Haba Osca
Senior Lecturer in English Studies, UV

Marylou Jacquin
MA Student, uB

Dr Carmen Carmona 

Diversity and Migration Lab UV Contact Person,

Associate Professor in Research Methods and Education Diagnosis

Maria-Magdalena Barascu
PhD Candidate, UV

Prof. Anna Ledwina
Co-Organizer, Professor of French Literature, UO

Clara Sancarlos
MA Student, UV

Lourdes Cifuentes
BA Student, UV

Nara Esteller
BA Student, UV


About the summer school:

During the conference, students listened to dozens of lectures delivered by academics from Valencia, Palermo, Dijon and Opole, but also from Israel, the United States and Iran (Erasmus+ project KA107), who use the concept of symbolic borders in their work. The participants also took a field trip to the Central Museum of Prisoners of War in Łambinowice, where they worked in the former POW – Lamsdorf camp analysing the social stratification of prisoners and the narratives associated with them. From the fourth day of the school, students presented, grosso modo, their doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s theses, inspired by Dr Natalia Krawczyk’s lecture on invisible women in art and the works of the students of the Faculty of Art exhibited in the Contemporary Art Gallery. During several interactive sessions, colleagues from the Universities of Burgundy, Valencia, Opole and others answered students’ questions. In the working week’s closing session, students presented their final projects and critically discussed what they had learned during their short mobility at the UO. The projects focused on the body and gender in literature (literary studies), in sport (education), racism (philosophy) or racism against Spanish Roma (sociology), as well as violence against women (communication and media), etc.

The summer school was organised by members of the FORTHEM Diversity and Migration Lab – Dr Anna Ledwina, Prof. UO, Prof. Domingo Pujante, Dr Michal Wanke, Clara Kleininger-Wanik, M.A., Prof. Carmen Carmona, Prof. Benno Herzog, Dr David Bousquet, Dr Virginie Brinker, Dr Julia Haba-Osca, and Halina Palmer-Piestrak. The substantive sessions were accompanied by organized and informal walks, dinners and outings. This short-term joint mobility was so far the only activity organised by the FORTHEM alliance in Opole, and was attended by students from the universities from Latvia, Burgundy and Valencia, as well as the UO.