Schallié, Charlotte (2019). Studies in Contrast – Notes from the Field. In Helga Hallgrimsdottir and Helga Thorson, editors. Narratives of Memory, Migration, and Xenophobia in the European Union and Canada. (University of Victoria ePublishing Services, Victoria).
In summer 2017, we co-led an international graduate summer field school titled Narratives of Memory, Migration, and Xenophobia in the European Union and Canada. Using the Canadian experience with UVic Library 2019 Narrative Memories book.qxp_UVic Narrative Memories 2019-10-25 3:32 PM Page 107 multiculturalism and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report as comparative touch points, we designed a curriculum that brought together musicians, scholars, and students from the University of Victoria, the University of Toronto, Aix-Marseille Université (France), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), and the University of Osnabruck ̈ (Germany). Over a period of three weeks, a core group of eleven graduate students, complemented by a research assistant and a student filmmaker — all from diverse disciplinary backgrounds — examined narratives of the past as they shape current political decision-making processes in the face of rising nationalism and xenophobic discourse in Europe and North America.