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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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Migration and performance between languages and cultures

12th November 2020 16:00-18:00
Workshop, Training/capacity building, Exhibition/demonstration, Interactive activity, Performance

About this event

Migration offers us the opportunity for multilingual and multicultural encounters in everyday life. Not all those encounters will be straightforward. There will be times, when we want to communicate with someone, and we don’t share a common language. That’s when we need the help of an interpreter. One example could be a healthcare practitioner (a physician, nurse, GP, etc.) in a medical consultation with their patient. That can be a challenge for everyone involved. In their regular tasks, interpreters are constantly navigating between language and culture. Language is culture and culture is deeply embedded in language. What’s that like for the interpreter? What’s that like for the patient and the doctor? 

The performance group Around the Well together with the University of Southampton are organising an interactive event designed for both, the general public and the research community. During this event, we will invite the audience to engage their various senses and immerse themselves into the world of interpreters through shared activities and experiences. After the video streaming showcasing snapshots from the performance production, Around the Well will present the story-telling performance Between. Between builds on the migration stories and professional experiences of the performers, who are interpreters, psychotherapy and theatre practitioners, exploring the topics of migration, multilingualism, identity, empathy, loss and renewal