Language, culture and identity in migrant narratives (SKI) (completed)

SKI was an interdisciplinary project (linguistics, literary studies, culture studies) divided into three research focus areas:

- The negotiation of identity in spoken migrant narrative discourse

- Narratives of integration and identity formation in multicultural literature

- Discourses of cultural diversity, and narratives of identity in museums of cultural history

About the project

SKI was a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway and located at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. The project's closing conference will be held on May 23 - 24, 2013.

The project consisted of three research focus areas, each of which dealt with the interplay among language (and more generally discourse), culture and identity in migrant narratives in ways that reflect the disciplines from which they emanate: linguistics, literary studies and culture studies. These are: The negotiation of identity in spoken migrant narrative discourse (Linguistics), narratives of integration and identity formation in multicultural literature (Literary Studies), and discourses of cultural diversity, and narratives of identity in museums of cultural history (Culture Studies).

Project proposal

Objectives

The main objectives of this project were: 1) to generate new knowledge of how identity is expressed, constructed, and negotiated in multilingual and culturally diverse settings, and to assess the relative roles of language and culture in this process; and 2) to integrate and refine methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives from different disciplines (linguistics, culture studies, literary studies) in the study of identity among migrants in Norway and beyond.

The project aimed to accomplish these goals through the focus on the study of narratives of migrants.

Outcomes

The project investigated ways in which narratives of migrant life present new understandings of cultural diversity.

Complete text of the project proposal (10 pages PDF)

Published May 10, 2010 3:38 PM - Last modified Oct. 29, 2014 3:06 PM