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09 May 2018  -  11 May 2018

The Arts of Integrating: Stories of Refugee Hospitality and Agency

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Kinning Park Complex & Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Registration is now open for the first Spring School from the UNESCO Chair In Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on the place of the arts and arts based methods, or languages and multilingual methods, in the work towards intercultural integration with refugees. This has opened up new forms of academic and artistic endeavour, as well as new methods.

The UNESCO team are interested in multiscalar understandings of integration as a practice rooted in hospitality, at all levels of society, from the individual and home, to local communities, institutions, cities and towns, to the national and international. The concept of integration has attracted critique in academic and public discourse when used as unidirectional, suggesting a one way process and burden of effort resting solely with the refugee.

This first Spring School brings together arts-based interventions and workshops as well as academic papers. We hope to showcase the ways in which individuals, communities, societies and institutions have accommodated and hosted each other and reflect on the ways in which the arts and academic research offer insights into the processes of welcome and integration. Interpreted in the broadest sense, these themes range from how we engage with our neighbours to topics such as slavery and imperialism and their connection to the present. In particular, the Spring School will focus on artistic, multilingual and educational dimensions.

The event is taking place at the Kinning Park Complex and The Pearce Institute in Glasgow, 9th – 11th May 2018. For full details of the programme visit the UNESCO Chair website:

This is a free event and tickets are expected to get booked up fast. To book your ticket follow this link:

Only day tickets are available. If you would like to join for more than one day, you will have to book separate tickets for each day. There are some resources available to contribute towards childcare, so please contact us directly for more information.

For questions, comments, or further information, please contact the UNESCO Chair Secretariat at