Conference on Finnic minority languages and cultures, University of Tartu, March 7–8, 2013
Studies on Finnic languages, cultures, and peoples have expanded in recent years both in respect of research material and methods. However, interdisciplinary conferences dedicated to studies of Finnic peoples are not frequent.
The aim of this conference is to enliven discussion between the researchers of various disciplines and to introduce recent research results on the history as well as on the present situation of the Finnic languages and cultures. The conference will focus, alongside with language, on the cultural history of Finnic peoples reflected in different folklore genres, social processes, and artefacts of material culture that have been documented in the course of more than a century. This scholarly meeting will start a new series of conferences dedicated to the studies on Finnic peoples at the University of Tartu, which has hosted several outstanding researchers in this field since the beginning of the nineteenth century.The conference is dedicated to Tiit-Rein Viitso, professor emeritus of Finnic languages at the University of Tartu, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on March 4, 2013. Professor Tiit-Rein Viitso has studied many languages of the world, but the history of Finnic languages has been and still is the central topic among his scholarly interests. The focal point of the conference will be above all on Finnic minorities in Russia (e.g. Karelian, Livvi-Karelian, Ludian, Vepsian, Votian, Ingrian, Ingrian-Finnish, Setu) and elsewhere (e.g. Livonian, Kven), leaving aside Estonian and Finnish centred studies.
The conference will take place in Philosophicum building of the University of Tartu (address Jakobi 2, rooms 428 and 438) and plenary lectures will be held in the main building of the University (address Ülikooli 18, room 139). Programme of the conference is attached to this letter and it is available also at the conference homepage (there may appear minor changes that will be indicated along the way).
Conference homepage: http://lms.ut.ee/p/programm.html