The role played by cultures, languages, and literatures in the (re)working of refugee-, migrant- and outcast-experience is the main research focus of this group. Special attention is devoted to translation, transmediation and hybridization seen as essential processes in the construction of an inclusive and open society of creative diversity against a conservative backdrop. This means questioning the logic of ‘centre versus margins’ and ‘us versus them’, which embodies various forms of ethnocentric prejudice and socio-cultural discrimination, and transcending the traditional democratic credo of respect for human rights, minorities, and difference. A holistic humanistic multi-area approach of research in the intersection of languages, cultures and literatures is conceived as providing useful insight into strategies of individual survival, mechanisms and factors of (immaterial) quality of living, and the development of a society where hybrid (multilingual; inter-artistic; etc.) forms of creativity assume an essential cohesive function as interethnic community expression and representation.
NETLANG is an academic project, entitled 'The Language of Cyberbullying: Forms and Mechanisms of Online Prejudice and Discrimination in Annotated Comparable Corpora of Portuguese and English'. It is based at the University of Minho (Principal Researcher: Isabel Ermida; Co-PR: Idalete Dias) and is sponsored by FCT (PTDC/LLT-LIN/29304/2017) https://sites.google.com/site/projectnetlang/