Creative Crossroads for Teaching Literature
Convenors: Titus Pop, Dan Popescu, Partium Christian University
Aim: The aim of this workshop is to offer modern/alternative ways of teaching literary texts both from the Anglo-American canon and from world literatures in English in a creative, innovative manner. The focus is on multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity (i.e. fiction and film, travel writing and mythology, poetry and music, etc.) as crossroads for a better reception of literary texts in class and outside it.
Professors from PCU will run the activities while 3 or 4 students will have short presentations on a pre-established topic. The activities will combine warm-up exercises with quizzes, pre-reading activities, while reading activities, follow-up multimedia research and writing tasks.
Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Film and Literature
Convenors: Konrad Gunesch, American University in the Emirates
Aim: The aim of this workshop is to find the exciting parts in Hollywood movies and bestselling novels that deal with actors and protagonists using several languages, and juggling several cultural dimensions in once scene, thus adding education to entertainment.
Do you remember movies in which Nicole Kidman talks Afrikaans (The Interpreter) or Russian (Birthday Girl), Gwyneth Paltrow talks Arabic and Spanish (A Perfect Murder), or Christoph Waltz wins an Oscar for talking English, French, German and Italian (Inglorious Basterds)?
We will look at this and other examples of movies and novels where multilingualism and multiculturalism join forces – for good or bad, but hopefully for education with excitement. And then we will try to find out how to use such combinations in our own lives.
The activities will combine brainstorming and sharing our reading and watching experiences, trying to write exciting and educational multilingual and multicultural novel or script scenes, and for the bold and extrovert, acting them, while the others can either watch – or film them.