CFP: Symposium (CIFU XII Oulu 2015): Multilingualism and multiculturalism

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Tue Jun 24 13:34:09 UTC 2014

Multilingualism and multiculturalism reflected in the present linguistic and literary studies move the traditional – de facto reductionist, homogenising – analytic perspective toward a more inclusive focus on intra- and intercultural diversity, transversality and polyvocality. They offer special lenses which to focus various debates also in Uralic studies that try to come to terms a.o. with issues of shifting languages, identities, agencies, of intercultural and interlingual exchange, or processes of commodification and transculturation.

Multilingual and multicultural studies enables to explore the dynamics and tensions of language, aesthetics and politics, between research, arts and entertainment, of (re)production, reception and transformation of culture. The present symposium aims to seek further avenues of research into literary multilingualism and multiculturalism in general, as well as in the Uralic literary field, focusing on questions such as:

- How and to what extent do linguistic research methods and theories of code-switching, language contact, trans- and polylanguaging apply to research on the phenomena of literary multilingualism?

- Are there characteristics common to or typical of the multilingualism and multiculturalism in Uralic literatures?

- What kind of impact does multiculturality have on Uralic linguistic and literary fields (interference, transference, code-switching, nonce-borrowing etc.)?

- How does the construction of "linguistic landscapes" by (references to) multilingualism relate to the multilingual realities in which many Finno-Ugrians actually live?

- What techniques do Uralic authors use in order to highlight the contrast between their language and culture and the neighbouring or majority language and culture?

- How do Finno-Ugrian authors use multilingual phenomena and cultural interference for constructing their „transethnicities”?

The symposium will consist of contributions of 10-15 speakers and a general discussion open to all participants of the CIFU. It wishes to continue the work of the symposium organised as part of the 11th Congressus Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum in Piliscsaba, Hungary, which results were published in Laakso, J. --  Domokos. J. (eds): Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Finno-Ugric Literatures, Fusa, vol. 8. , 2012.

We invite abstracts (max. 500 words) to be submitted via the EasyChair system by 30 September 2014. The link to the EasyChair system is at . For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Johanna Domokos (johanna.domokos [at]
Johanna Laakso (johanna.laakso [at]

Univ.Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)
Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Campus AAKH Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7
A-1090 Wien
johanna.laakso at
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