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Dr Cassie Smith Christmas is a Research Fellow for Soillse, the Gaelic sociolinguistic research network based at UHI, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow.


New Speakers on the Red Carpet

Recently, the FilmG awards, otherwise known as the ‘Gaelic Oscars,’ were held in Glasgow. Although you might not see the likes of Meryl Streep or Brad Pitt there, in the world of Scottish Gaelic Film and TV, it is no less important. This year, two of the winning films in the Open Competition — Gàidheal Gu Luath and Cheating Our Language —  both centred on new speakers of Gaelic.

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How can we help change the discourses about migration?

We’ve recently heard the news of an airstrike on a refugee camp in Northern Syria, which came a day after a truce was extended to include Aleppo. On the same day, the news was followed the apparently more worrying announcement that the departure of the Turkish Prime Minister would threaten the current deal between the EU and Turkey over migrant numbers. (A deal in any case which in all likelihood violates international law.)

The world is clearly in the midst of a humanitarian crisis; conflict, displacement, underdevelopment, famine, disease… Though that is not the crisis we hear about the most.


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