Summer School 2015

Crossing Cultures: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language, Literature and Migration

The School of Humanities‘ Third International Summer School

The third international Summer School of the School of Humanities took place in the first three weeks of August, 2015. Together with the heat wave of this year’s summer, 43 students from all over the world arrived in Mannheim to be part of this international experience.

The Summer School started off with our Welcome Evening. After an official introduction and some final information, the students got the chance to mix and mingle, enjoy some traditional German food, and get to know the students they would spend the next three weeks with during the seminars and in their free time.

The Summer School 2015 was entitled Crossing Cultures: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language, Literature & Migration and the students could choose from five distinct courses, which all had their own angle on culture, crossing boundaries, and change in general.  The course of Dr. Michael Böhringer, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, was concerned with Constructions of Gender in Recent German and Canadian Literature. Prof. Dr. Pierre Halen from the Université de Lorraine held his seminar on L’Afrique centrale dans la BD franco-belge, the only course in French.  When Two Languages Collide was the topic of the linguistics course taught by Dr. Jim Walker, Maître de Conférence at the Université Lumiére Lyon 2. The course of Dr. J. Todd Ormsbee, Associate Professor at the San Jose State University, dealt with American Popular Culture. And, last but not least, Jun.-Prof. Sofie Remijsen from the University of Mannheim taught a course on Cultural Encounters in Antiquity.

Besides the courses, the students seized many opportunities to make the most of their time in Germany. The offered city tours to Frankfurt and Heidelberg were great ways to explore two of the cities close to Mannheim and to spend the day with the other students, which was a lot of fun. For those students who wanted to learn more about Germany and German culture, the optional course Germany in a Nutshell touched upon various peculiarities of Germany’s language, culture, and people.

In their free time, especially during the long weekend towards the end of our Summer School, the students took the chance to see more of Germany and Europe on their own. The favorable location of Mannheim allowed travelling in all directions within and outside of Germany. Coming back, the students engaged in sharing travel stories and reporting on their experiences.

After three weeks, it was time to say goodbye. Our Farewell Evening took place in a small yard of the Palace and, luckily, the weather was perfect for an evening outside. After some final official words, all the participants of this year’s Summer School enjoyed their last evening together before continuing their travels in Europe or leaving Germany for their home countries. The Blue Berries, a band from Mannheim, provided the soundtrack to this lovely evening and managed to get all 16 nationalities on the dancefloor, crossing cultures in a very practical way. 

The School of Humanities‘third international Summer School was a great success and we are looking forward to the next Summer School in 2016 with the title Language & Identity – Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Here you find some impressions of our Summer School 2015.

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