Success Stories of Refugees in Europe: Celebrating the contributions of children and highly skilled adults, BAAL Multilingualism Special Interest Group and Newcastle University (Online), June 16, 2021, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (BST).
Europe has experienced major waves of refugee immigration, which has led to over a million refugees and asylum seekers across EU countries to date. Children and adults have been equally affected and often placed in marginalised positions by their host communities who often failed to fully value their contributions. This event, which has been organised by the BAAL Multilingualism SIG and hosted by Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, celebrates the linguistic and cultural contributions of refugees, both children and adults, in Europe. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and members of the public interested in current debates about refugee integration in Europe.
The event is free but registration is required.
Stories of Home VR: Immigrant and Refugee Voices, StoryCenter, Berkeley, CA, USA (Online), June 11, 2021, 8-9pm GMT.
Pull up a chair and bring along your favorite Friday afternoon snacks as you join StoryCenter for a FREE, one-hour online screening of new immersive media work from Stories of Home VR. Artist-in-Residence Parul Wadhwa has been hard at work during the pandemic, collaborating with three women to document their material memories of home through virtual reality (VR) filmmaking techniques.
Help organizers honor these unique voices as World Refugee Day approaches (June 20). The event will also feature short interviews with the storytellers, captured in partnership with the California Film Institute, and a Q&A with Parul on the value of VR for enhancing wellbeing and building community and compassion.
At the event, the stories will be shown as 360 videos, but after you register, organizers will send you the information you will need to view them on the Oculus Store, if you have a VR headset.