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Modern Languages: Where do you come from? Mixed Identity in Multicultural Germany – University Tutorial With Dr James Hodkinson From University of Warwick

11th October 2021 @ 15:35 - 16:20


In this live interactive Modern Languages tutorial, we will be joined by Dr James Hodkinson, a leading academic from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at University of Warwick, who will explore the subtle link between language, culture and identity. In his treatment of language, culture and identity, Dr James Hodkinson will present Where do you come from? Mixed Identity in Multicultural Germany.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided in a Headliner recorded resource (see below) which offers 18 minutes of insights into the key academic research and debate related to this fascinating topic. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.

The Headliner video and tutorial will focus on the following:

For many outside Germany, the Nazi legacy dominates our view of German history and culture. Yet twenty-first century Germany has become a richly multi-cultural society, which offers fascinating insights and contrasts with the English-speaking world.

Germany became ‘multicultural’ rather later in its history, not because of migration from former colonies (Germany never had much of an overseas Empire), but because of so-called foreign ‘guest workers’ who came to support its rebuilding after the Second World War. 

They were not meant to stay, yet many settled and raised children – children who grew up feeling partly German, though also partly as if they originated ‘elsewhere’. Today there are two, sometimes three generations of Germans with ‘migrational heritage,’ who experience this complex sense of identity. What role do language, culture, and history play in shaping their experiences and their sense of self? Supported by an introductory video, outlining key theories on identity formation and concepts such as ‘hybridity’, the session will ask students to look at a range of short texts and images and explore the topic of ‘mixed’ or ‘hybrid identity’. The material will be in German, though translations will be provided, so the session will engage student of any MFL subject dealing with multicultural topics generally.


The format of this live tutorial will demonstrate the diversity of teaching approaches found within university tutorials and will further the depth of students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

The Headliner is below.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr James Hodkinson


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5 students studying or with an interest in studying Modern Languages and Cultures, and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues and questions posed by Dr James Hodkinson.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


11th October 2021
15:35 - 16:20
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