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Modern Languages: Immigration & Integration in France in Film & Song – University Tutorial With Dr Gabor Gelleri From Aberystwyth University

23rd November 2021 @ 15:35 - 16:20


In this live interactive Modern Languages tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Gabor Gelleri, a leading academic from the Department of Modern Languages at Aberystwyth University, who will discuss Immigration and Integration in France in Film and Song.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided by Aberystwyth in a Headliner recorded resource (see below) which offers 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 and develops the points below:

The session will assess the question of the integration of immigrant communities as represented in a variety of films (‘La haine’; ‘Un deux trois soleil’; ‘Les misérables’) and songs (‘Douce France’ by Carte de Séjour; ‘Ça va pas être possible’ by Zebda and ‘Marly-Gomont’ by Kamini).

We will cover the major moments of French colonisation and of immigration towards France, before turning towards the artistic representation of immigration, changing in time, in form as well as in geographical areas covered.

Students will be invited to contribute to the discussion around the imagery and symbolism related to immigration and to the life experiences of individuals and communities arriving from the former colonial empire. Students will be able to link these materials (and follow further paths included in the accompanying material) to gain a detailed understanding of the effects and afterlife of colonisation, and the difficulties of the process of integration.

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

The Headliner recording is below.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Gabor Gelleri

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: Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13 students (and equivalent) studying or with an interest in studying Modern Languages, 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.

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:


23rd November 2021
15:35 - 16:20
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