Research centres event on Wednesday 20th March: “Perspectives on the concept of the ‘native speaker'”

Research centresThe next seminar, which combines speakers from four of our research centres, will be held on Wednesday 20th March from 4-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C at Avenue Campus (Building 65). The seminar is entitled “Perspectives on the concept of the ‘native speaker'” and will be presented by a range of staff from the department. All staff and students are welcome for what will be a lively session!

Here is the abstract for the seminar:
Over recent decades, the notion of the ’native speaker’ has been much discussed and often contested in applied and socio-linguistics. In this cross-centres seminar, speakers from our four research centres, CGE, CLLEAR, MeXsu and TNS will each present their own approach to the notion, and the seminar will then be opened up to the audience for comment and discussion. The speakers are Rob Baird and Sonia Morán Panero representing CGE, Laura Dominguez representing CLLEAR, and Clare Mar-Molinero representing both MeXsu and TNS.

Next MeXsu seminar: “Indigenous resistance in contemporary Mexico”

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place on Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 5:15-6:45pm in Building 65 Room 1177 at Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Indigenous resistance in contemporary Mexico: The struggle of the Chiapas toques, the National Indigenous Congress and the proposal of an independent candidate to the presidency of the republic in 2018” and will be presented by Fortín Domínguez Rueda from the University of Guadalajara. All welcome! Please note that this talk will be delivered in Spanish. Read more…

MeXsu film screening and seminar: “Hip Hop Revolución” (Documentary)

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) event will be a film screening and seminar, hosted jointly with the Department of Film, which will take place from 5:15-7:00pm on Wednesday 1st February 2017, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Hip Hop Revolución” (Documentary, Alborada Films, 60 mins, 2015) and will be presented by the documentary director, Pablo Navarrete. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
British activist Jody McIntyre travels to Venezuela with UK-Iraqi rapper Lowkey to spend time with ‘Hip Hop Revolución’, a dynamic collective of musical revolutionaries. They witness their inspiring grassroots work and share music and ideas, exploring the cultural and political changes taking place in the country. At its heart, this film is about the power of music, community and the spirit of rebellion.

Pablo Navarrete will be joining us to discuss the film after the screening. He is a British-Chilean journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the founder and editor of www.alborada.net, a website covering Latin America related issues such as politics, media and culture and is co-editor of Alborada Magazine. Besides directing acclaimed films and work for television, he has co-authored a book on Venezuelan politics and spoken and written on many occasions about Latin American political issues.

Next MeXsu seminar: ‘Volcano activity and other possible natural hazards in Mexico and its impact on the surrounding rural communities and urban settlements’

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place at 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016, in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Volcano activity and other possible natural hazards in Mexico and its impact on the surrounding rural communities and urban settlements” and will be presented by Dr Carlos Valdés Gonzales, General Director CENAPRED, National Centre for Disaster Prevention in Mexico.

In the seminar, Dr Valdés will explain how different natural hazards are monitored on daily basis in order to ensure the safety of the populations at risk in México. When disaster strikes, effective and early warnings are paramount. How can Mexico hold an excellent record for ensuring its population safety since the mayor earthquake in 1986? All welcome! Wine and refreshments will be served.

Next MeXsu seminar: “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London”

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London” and will be presented by Cathy McIlwaine from the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. The seminar will include a short film on the experiences of Latin American onward migrants in the city. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Drawing on recent research with the Latin American community in London, this seminar outlines the particular experiences of Latin Americans who have migrated from other European countries with a specific focus on their labour market experiences. In conceptually re-thinking the notion of the ‘migrant division of labour’ (Wills et al, 2010), the discussion will explore how the global economic crisis prompted increased movement from Spain in particular and how perceived employment opportunities in London attracted migrants to the city. It highlights how in moving onwards, Latin Americans can secure low-paid work in cleaning, which effectively represents downward occupational mobility. Yet, while cosmopolitan London is deregulated market of migrant division of labour exploitation, it is also a paradoxical space of migrant rights and convivial life. As such, the paper argued that the process of onward migration complicates how we think about any continuum of labour exploitation.

Next MeXsu seminar: “Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context.”

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 20th April 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context’ and will be presented by Dr José Juan Olvera Gudiño (CIESAS Unidad Noreste, Monterrey, Mexico). All welcome! Please note that this paper will be presented in Spanish (with Powerpoint slides in English). Translators will be on hand for questions.

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This paper will provide a sociological perspective on popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico and the south of Texas. It will analyze and reflect on: a) differentiated circuits of migration (regional and bi-national), and particular socio-cultural dynamics; b) how these human mobilities combine with the cultural industries and their impact on the configuration of musical cultures in the Northeast; c) the specificity of place in understanding these dynamics. I explore this with three cases drawing on empirical work I have conducted over the last two decades: the ‘Colombian music of Monterrey’, conjunto norteño music (accordion and bajo sexto) and rap music.

Next MeXsu seminar: ‘Racism, privilege and whiteness in Mexico’

MeXsuThe next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will be taking place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Racism, privilege and whiteness in Mexico’ and will be presented by Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa Fellow in Social Sciences, Downing College Sociology, University of Cambridge. All welcome! Read more…

MeXsu Seminar next week: ‘The discursive construction of moral agents among Latin American entrepreneurs in Elephant and Castle’

MeXsuThe next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will be taking place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 17th February 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘The discursive construction of moral agents among Latin American entrepreneurs in Elephant and Castle’ and will be presented by Rosina Márquez-Reiter from the University of Surrey and Adriana Patiño-Santos from the University of Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

This paper examines stories gathered in sociolinguistic interviews with two Spanish-speaking Latin American entrepreneurs based in Elephant and Castle (Southwark, London) in light of the regeneration of the area and the displacement of many of the Latin American small businesses and residents therein.

Through the voices of these two retailers, who represent relatively successful stories of economic migration and settlement, we analyse how they position themselves and other members of this ethnolinguistic group. The interviewees provide ‘canonical’ accounts of how and why members of the group ought to behave based on expected cultural and moral practices, especially working practices. They do this by positioning themselves as community pioneers on the basis of the length of time spent in the receiving society to gain status and wealth relative to other Latin Americans, especially relatively recent secondary migrants from Spain, and invoking moral values to evaluate others in the group and further distinguish themselves from them.

An interactional discourse analysis of how they construct themselves as moral migrant agents relative to others at such a critical moment highlights that one of the norms on which this community appears to be based holds that the best action is one that maximises personal gain and that community relations are primarily forged by the personal beneficial consequences of members’ actions towards themselves and one another. These, in turn, are considered to be ‘good’ or ‘bad’. The paper contributes to our understanding of a relatively unexplored ethnic community within the diversity of London by reporting perceptions of the norms on which it is based.

Open seminar: Perspectives on intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence

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An open seminar hosted by the CGE, CLLEAR, TNS and MEXSU entitled ‘Perspectives on intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence’ will take place on Wednesday 11th November 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm at Avenue Campus, Building 65, Lecture Theatre C. In this panel discussion, Professor Marion Demossier, Dr Will Baker and Dr Karin Zotzmann from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will each discuss their own approach to these notions, after which they will join in discussion with the audience. All welcome!

Here is a further description of the context of this seminar:

In our age of superdiversity and unprecedented mobility (both actual and virtual, and temporary and permanent), communication across language and cultural boundaries has become the norm for many of us. Intercultural communication has therefore become a practical necessity in a wide range of settings around the globe, and as a result, intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence have become key areas of theorisation and research within applied and socio-linguistics.

A day of Mexican culture at Avenue Campus: ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Mexico’

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In celebration of the special ‘UK-Mexico Cultural Year 2015’, MeXsu (Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration) will be hosting a day of talks and exhibitions as part of Mexico Week around the theme of ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Mexico’, taking place on Saturday 31 October from 10:00 to 15:00 at the University of Southampton Avenue Campus. The event will include talks on the current threats to Mexico’s social, cultural and ecological environment from political and social to natural influences, and discussions around culture and music in contemporary Mexico.

For further details about this event, including information on how to book your free place, visit the Humanities events pages.