Date: 4 September 2009
Hundreds of writers and researchers from across the world are heading to the North West this month (9-12th September) to share the results of a four year project investigating the impact of migration on creative writing in Manchester.
Changes in transportation, technology and the world economy mean we now live in a shrinking world. A conference held at Lancaster University - Glocal Imaginaries: Writing/Migration/Place - will explore how this has impacted upon our sense of 'home' in the 21st Century.
The conference is one of a raft of events celebrating the end of the research project, 'Moving Manchester /Mediating Marginalites' based at Lancaster University. Delegates from thirty-five countries around the world are expected to attend the event.
Moving Manchester, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, set out to promote and research the city's wealth of multicultural writing from the 60s to the present.
Project director Professor Lynne Pearce of Lancaster University said: "In many ways Manchester is the definitive migrant city. Since the industrial revolution, the city has been populated with migrants drawn from other parts of the UK and beyond. And the increasingly complex relationship between the local and the global has emerged as one of the defining characteristics of contemporary Manchester writing.
"This project has explored how those experiences have shaped the creative voice of the city for several generations. Now, for the first time, we have captured some of those voices in an electronic catalogue creating a resource for writers, researchers and the public for years to come.
"Listening to the voices of those who have moved between such different cultures on a regular basis over several decades can help us better understand the complex nature of migration in the modern world and how most of us are now migrants of some kind.
"Those of us working on the project strongly believe that writing and other art forms - be this poetry, fiction, films or music - have a vital role to play in helping us process and understand the challenges of living in an increasingly mobile world -- and, at best, to help us imagine a better future."
The programme of events lined up to celebrate the end of the 'Moving Manchester' includes:
The AHRC-funded project 'Moving Manchester' is based at Lancaster University, where the team comprises Prof Lynne Pearce (English), Dr Robert Crawshaw (European Languages and Cultures), Dr Graham Mort (Creative Writing), Dr Corinne Fowler (project researcher) and Mrs Jo McVicker (project administrator). The project team would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England for artistic spending on the conference and the Central Library Exhibition.
News website: www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/movingmanchester/
Associated staff: Lynne Pearce
Associated departments and research centres: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences