Cfp: Language revitalization in a Russian and European context

Lotta Jalava lotta.jalava at helsinki.fi
Mon Feb 18 16:06:53 UTC 2013


LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION IN A RUSSIAN AND EUROPEAN CONTEXT: EXPLORING
SOLUTIONS FOR MINORITY LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE

December 16–18 at the University of Helsinki, Finland

More information: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/minor-eurus/conference2013/

The conference focuses on the research of the ongoing processes of language
extinction and revitalization. The special emphasis of the conference is on
minority language communities in the Russian Federation and European Union
in a comparative perspective. These multilingual regions, which have
emerged through very different historical phases, have today committed
themselves to protect minorities through the Council of Europe’s
treaties, such as the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
and the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities. Both
Russia and the EU also act on the international level as partners with
interests in the development perspectives of their linguistic minorities.
However, many minority languages in these regions remain severely
threatened and the policies on the national and local levels are not
preventing this tendency.

The organizers of the conference encourage an interdisciplinary approach to
minority language maintenance, bringing together researchers from different
fields of minority language studies, including contact linguistics,
sociolinguistics, language planning, anthropology and language legislation.
In addition to representatives of linguistic science, social scientists,
jurists and activists are invited to take part. We especially welcome
papers related to the status and development of understudied minority
languages and communities of Russia.

Invited speakers:
Anneli Sarhimaa
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
Fernand de Varennes

**DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS:  MAY 15, 2013**

Organizers:
- Poga – The Language Survival Network
- MinorEuRus – Empowerment and revitalization trends among the linguistic
minorities in the EU and the Russian Federation (project lead by Janne
Saarikivi)
- On "Glocal" governance: On the meanings and consequences of the
‘vernacularization’ of Human Rights Concepts (project lead by: Reetta
Toivanen)

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Lotta Jalava
PhD student, researcher at Finno-Ugric language studies
Project coordinating assistant
Empowerment and revitalization trends among the linguistic minorities
P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40), 00014 University of Helsinki
+358 50 311 2500
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