Life stories: an educational resource regarding contemporary mobility

May 16, 2024

Hôtel Dupanloup
1 rue Dupanloup
45000 Orleans


 Social mobility is an ongoing process in the era of globalization. Migrations and movements in general have become easier and more accessible due to fewer restrictions imposed on mobility and to the Internet social media that make it possible for people to move abroad. The recent conflicts (in Ukraine, in Syria) have led to changes in the behaviour and attitudes  -   with new arrivals. The anxiety among migrants is increasing and it is more difficult to build migrant social networks. Newly arrived? people are less prone to making new contacts and reluctant? to work on their own education. However, many migrants feel the urge tell their stories, they wish to identify their specific needs and have a say in organizing help and support for themselves. By accessing and hearing these individual life stories, teachers, social workers, administrative workers, psychologists, and researchers of educational processes can learn a lot about the needs of individuals, groups, communities and different generations of migrants and refugees. Considering the visible presence of transnational migrants in the region of Centre-Val de Loire, this event will help the local researchers, practitioners and authorities to understand newly-arrived migrants and help them deal with the challenges brought about by ongoing war conflicts in the sphere of social mobility and education. 


This conference is organised in the framework of the FIAS Programme.




Thursday 16th May 2024 - Paris Time (GMT +1)

  • 08:45  Welcome coffee and registration
  • 09:00 Official opening - Prof. Philippe Bourdier (ERCAE) & Sophie Le Gabillet (General secretary of LE STUDIUM)
  • 09:15 Isabelle Vanderschelden & Carmen Herrero - Life stories in migration films: cultural exchanges and pedagogical projects
  • 10:00 Questions / Discussions
  • 10:15 Barbara Muszyńska & Aneta Slowik - When life stories speak for themselves
  • 10:45 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Genevieve Guetemme - Art workshops as a storytelling method
  • 12:00 Questions / Discussions
  • 12:15 Lunch break
  • 13:45 Aneta Slowik , Olivet Solidarité, Accueil 45, IDF - When helpers tell stories – the voice of teachers, educators, head of schools, volunteers (table ronde)
  • 15:00 Questions / Discussions
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 Ahed Zarzour (Syrie), Zheleva Daniella (Bulgarie), Alina Kotoroszczuk (Ukraine), Diala Brisly (Syrie), Leonardo Panguila (Angola)- When people tell stories - voices of people in mobility (Table ronde)
  • 16:30 Questions / Discussions
  • 16:45 Introduction  « Les Engagés » (2022) – dir. Emilie Frèche
  • 18:30 Screening of the film « Les Engagés »  (2022) - dir. Emilie Frèche Cinema « Les Carmes » (Orleans)
  • 20:00 Dinner


Hotel Dupanloup


Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.

General Information

Congress Venue

 Hôtel Dupanloup, 1 rue Dupanloup

45000 Orléans, France


Thursday 16th May  2024


The official language of the Congress is English

Welcome pack and Name Badge

 Upon arrival you will receive a welcome pack that includes the printed material of the Conference and your name badge will be given to you at the reception . Please wear your name badge at all times during the Conference and to all official Conference events.

Invitation Letters
Invitation Letters

 An official letter of invitation facilitating the obtention of an entry visa can be sent upon request . In order to receive an invitation letter for visa purposes, send an email to Please note that : 
- we only issue an official letter once the payment of the registration fee has been validated.
- such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organisers to provide any financial assistance.

Certificate of attendance

 After the conference, in order to receive a certficate of participation, send an email to


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List of recommended Restaurants in Orléans

How to get there ?

By train: 

* Orléans centre station
 1.5 hour trip from Paris (Austerlitz)

 * Les Aubrais station (4km from Orleans town centre)
Tramway A, 10 minutes trip to Orléans centre station

> Plan your trip by train:

By car:

GPS: 47.90243, 1.91179
Please note that you can't park in the courtyard in front of the Hotel Dupanloup.
Paid car parks nearby : 
Parking Cathédrale, Rue Saint-Pierre Lentin, 45000 Orléans
Parking Hôtel de Ville, 4 Rue Fernand Rabier, 45000 Orléans

 By plane:
*Arrival at Roissy Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport
Take RER B in direction to Saint Rémy Les Chevreuse, step out at Gare du Nord Stop
Take Metro 5 in direction to Place d'Italie, step out at Gare d'Austerlitz Stop 
> Then take a train to Orléans (see "by train" section above)
*Arrival at Paris-Orly (ORY) airport: 
Take RER C from Pont de Rungis – Aéroport d’Orly in direction to Pontoise.
Step out at Gare d'Austerlitz Stop
> Then take a train to Orléans (see "by train" section above)  

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