Conf.: Finno-Ugric Literatures

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Wed Sep 8 13:15:53 UTC 2010

Forwarded from the UGRIMUGRI list, with apologies for cross-postings. For
more information please contact the organisers.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und
Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL) | Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

Finno-Ugric literatures:  interlinked viewpoints
Peoples and nations speaking Finno-Ugric languages share a common linguistic
origin. For most of them, identity has up to now been focused mainly on
language, this giving a significant value to the abovementioned common
origin, both historically and emotionally. However, one must also take into
account the fact that all of them have been in an isolated or minority
position in regard to the surrounding populations or to the dominant power
in their area. For long periods in their history, all of them have been
subordinated to foreign powers and some are still integrated into countries
in which they are a minority. Are these common experiences reflected in
their literatures? Do these literatures share similar features? Do or did
these literatures have a privileged interrelationship? How have translation
and personal contacts influenced literatures in different languages? How
important are nowadays the movement of ethnofuturism and other tendencies
thanks to which relations have been developed between Finno-Ugric writers?
These questions have been tackled in recent times from different points of
view by researchers as Franco Moretti (Atlas du roman européen ; Graphs,
Maps, Trees), Pascale Casanova (La république mondiale des lettres), Piotr
Piotrowski (Toward a Horizontal History of the European Avant-Garde) et
Pirjo Lyytikäinen (research on genres, national literature and foreign
influences). Still, they have been but marginally elaborated in studies
about Finno-ugric literatures, which pick out a single literature either per
se or in its relationship to the dominant cultures of the area,
synchronically or diachronically. In the conference organised by Paris III
(CIEH&CIEFi) and INALCO, with the support of ADEFO, we wish to have a debate
about these issues with researchers and writers from different horizons, who
will present both internal and external views on Finno-Ugric literatures. We
intend to assess how these literatures look at one another and at themselves
in connection with others. We hope to be able to gather enough material to
understand how much Finno-Ugric kinship remains, beyond its strict
linguistic meaning, a relevant factor for the understanding of literary
phenomena in the cultures based on these languages.
The conference will take place in the Finnish Institute in Paris (60, rue
des Ecoles, 75005 Paris), on March 26th and 27th 2011. The languages of the
conference will be French and English. Those who consider offering a
proposal are required to send, before October 31st 2010, an abstract of less
than 500 words to the selection committee which makes its choice before
December 21st 2010.

Please assign your abstract to each of the following addresses:
Association pour le développement des études finno-ougriennes
(adefo at <mailto:adefo at> )
Judit Maar (judit.maar at <mailto:judit.maar at> )
Eva Toulouze (evatoulouze at <mailto:evatoulouze at> )
Harri Veivo (harri.veivo at <mailto:harri.veivo at> )
CIEH ­ Centre interuniversitaire d¹études hongroises
CIEFi ­ Centre interuniversitaire d¹études finlandaises
INALCO ­ Institut des langues et civilisations orientales
ADEFO ­ Association pour le développement des études finno-ougriennes

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