Conference on the Indigenous Languages in Europe

Institut finlandais & INALCO

In relation to UNESCO and UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) organises a conference around the indigenous languages of Europe. During two days, the symposium approaches the situation of the languages from Northern Europe, such as the Sami languages from Sápmi and some other Finno-Ugric languages spoken in Russia, like the Veps language, concentrating on the current situation of these languages compared to their historic conditions and sociopolitical similarities. During the seminar, sociolinguists specialised in indigenous languages will inform us of the situation by trying to understand what is the position of these languages, for example, among the big international communication languages, but also on understanding the speakers and the civil society who set up to promote the values of linguistic and cultural diversity.



Institut finlandais

09:15 Opening. Eva Toulouze
09:30 – 10:30 Janne Saarikivi Keynote speaker (Professeur at the University of Helsinki) (in Finnish)
10:30 – 11:10 Heinike Heinsoo (Lecturer at the University of Tartu) The Votic language (in Estonian)
11:10 – 11:50 Dmitri Harakka-Zaitsev (UN’s specialist of native people) Creating a favourable environment for languages: the revitalisation of native languages and their visualisation of toponyms. (the Ingrian example). (in Russian)

12:00 – 13:30 lunch break

13:30 – 14:10 Madis Arukask (professor at the University of Tartu) The vitality of Veps language in the villages (in Estonian)
14:10 – 14:50 Andreas Kalkun (Researcher in the Literature Museum of Estonia) The vitality of Seto language and the measures to ensure its transmission. (in Estonian)
14:50 – 15:30 Simo Kantele (Project Manager in the Finland-Russia-Association) The promotion project of Finno-Ugric languages on the Internet. (in Finnish)

Auditorium 6 – INALCO

18:30 – 20:00 Concert Ar-God


INALCO Auditorium

10:00 – 10:30 Aymeric Pantet (PhD student in Paris VII) The initiatives to popularize the Sámi language in popular culture – rap example. (in French)
10:30 – 11:10 Christian Pischlöger (PhD student in the University of Vienna) The Finno-Ugrian languages of Russia in the web: a new space for freedom? (in Russian)
11:10 – 11:50 Dmitrij Efremov (Teacher in the University of Izhevsk) Teaching of the Udmurt language in the schools and universities of Udmurtia. A diachronic view. (in Russian)
11:50 – 12:30 Airat Fajzrahmanov (Kazan) The law on optional learning of Russian languages: Reactions in the republics of the Russian Federation and consequences of its application (in Russian)

12:30 – 14:00 lunch break

15:10 – 15:50 Tatjana Volkova (The headmistress in the high school of Udmurtia, K. Gerd, Izhevsk) The bilingualism in Udmurtia (in Russian)
15:50 – 16:10 Ljudmila Smirnova (PhD) Diglossic dynamics in Mari-El. (in French)
16:10 – 16:40 Sébastien Cagnoli (Independent researcher) “Luiza Potolicyna and her husband – Aleksandr Rekemčuk’s komie artwork (in French)

The speeches will be held in the language of the speakers and consecutive interpretation will be provided by INALCO (Finnish: Anne Colin du Terail, Russian and Estonian: Eva Toulouze).

In collaboration with: Institut finlandais, the Estonian Embassy in France.