Harrogate 2021 PCE

As you know the Manchester 2020 conference has been postponed to 2021 but our PCE lineup stays the same until further notice.

  1. Alan Pulverness: ‘Deprived Of History’: Films And Novels In Third Places
  2. Varinder Unlu: A Better Life?
  3. Andrew Wright: Migration And Stories
  4. Aiden Yeh: The Stories They Don’t Tell: Digital Video Storytelling, Textual And Discourse Analysis In Documenting Modern Diaspora (In Taiwan)
  5. David Heathfield: “Everything Is Lost. Why Is This Happening To Me?” Creative Storytelling For Resilience, Empathy And Change.
  6. Judith B. O’Loughlin: From Trauma To Resilience: The Power Of Stories
  7. Alan Maley: Migration: Language And Silence
  8. Jeremy Harmer: Migrant Music


In our joint PCE, we want to address a phenomenon which is an ever more pressing part of our contemporary world: migration. The reasons why people migrate are many and varied, and we shall try to include the narratives of as many kinds of ‘people on the move’ as possible, from emigrants and immigrants to refugees and asylum seekers, and even people who opt for ‘return migration’.

Our day will include looking at migrants’ experiences as narrated in ‘diaspora literature’, works written by authors living outside their native country but whose writings are in some way related to their country of origin. But we intend to consider a wide range of media in our observation of experiences of migration: the novel, poetry and drama; film and television; visual arts; genre writing (popular literature such as thrillers and detective stories, and young adult fiction).

Pedagogy will be an important feature of our day: how to bring migrant narratives into the classroom, and how to use literature, art and media to promote social inclusion. To this end we’ll talk about using and creating appropriate materials, and suggest techniques suitable for teaching that involves migrant narratives, notably storytelling and creative writing. In our pedagogical considerations we will bear in mind that the teacher might be teaching about migration, or teaching to migrants, or indeed both.

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