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2017-07-26 Programme of the field school in Mexico is avaliable.
The field school "Documentación, investigación participativa, enseñanza y revitalización de idiomas en peligro" in the Nahua-speaking community of San Miguel Xaltipan (Tlaxcala, Mexico) will take place August 19 - 29, 2017.

The purpose of the school is capacity-building in close collaboration with the local community, local knowledge-holders and members of ethnic minorities. Confirmed participating experts include knowledge holders from San Miguel Xaltipan, San Francisco Tetlanohcan and San Miguel Tenango, Natalio Hernandez (Nahua poet, writer and activist), Werner Hernández (psychiatrist, activist and teacher of Pipil/Nawat in El Salvador; expert on the revitalization of Pipil/Nawat) and Adam Coon (expert in Nahua culture and literature; University of Minnesota, Morris). Participants of the field school will visit other Nahuatl-speaking communities, including San Miguel Tenango and San Francisco Tetlanohcan.

Here you can find a programme of the event:

mexico programme

nahuatl programme

2017-07-10 Registration for EngHum Conference and pre-conference workshop is open!
From 13th to 16th of November Faculty of Artes Liberales will host to important events: conference "Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage" (November 15-16) and workshop planned just before the conference (November, 13-14). We would like to invite you to participate in these events.

If you would like to join us, please complete the registration form (link).

All information about activities you can find here.

In case of any questions concerning the organisation of the conference or workshop, please write:  enghum2016@gmail.com

2017-06-16 Temachtiltequitl huan macehualnehicoliztl, 19-29 agosto 2017
Pehuaz 19 tlen agosto huan tlamiz pan 29 tlen agosto tlen ni xihuitl, oncaz tlamachtiliztequitl pan San Miguel Xaltipan, Tlaxcala.

Tequitizceh zancecco tlamachtianih huan momachtianih tlen Europa huan macehualmeh ica macehualtlahtolyoltiliztli. No pan 25-26 tlen agosto oncaz nechicoliztli campa macehualmeh zanilozceh ica inintequiuh. Nican tlatzalan tlatzquitoc convocatoriah ica nahuatl tlen Tlaxcala.

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2017-06-02 Leiden Summer School - updated programme
The summer school “Language, Heritage and Transdisciplinarity” is organized by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, in collaboration with SOAS (University of London) and Leiden University within the Engaged Humanities project (Twinning Horizon 2020). It will take place between 12 and 17 of June 2017.

The programme of school includes theoretical and practical workshops on themes:

 - Advanced methods and techniques for collection of ethnolinguistic field research;
 - Creating and processing audiovisual documentation for the purposes of language revitalization programs;
 - Strategies for digital activation of Indigenous languages;
 - Documenting language and ethno-botanical knowledge;
 - Transdisciplinary research in language and culture with a special regard to traditional knowledge, indigenous methodology, community-driven research.

Here you can find a programme of whole week.

2017-04-11 The Summer School in Leiden - enrollment
The summer school “Language, Heritage and Transdisciplinarity” is organized by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, in collaboration with SOAS (University of London) and Leiden University within the Engaged Humanities project (Twinning Horizon 2020). It will take place between 12 and 17 of June 2017. Enrollment is open until April 24. For SOAS students enrollment is open until May 1.

Theoretical and practical workshops on themes:

  • Advanced methods and techniques for collection of ethnolinguistic field research
  • Creating and processing audiovisual documentation for the purposes of language revitalization programs
  • Strategies for digital activation of Indigenous languages
  • Documenting language and ethno-botanical knowledge
  • Transdisciplinary research in language and culture with a special regard to traditional knowledge, indigenous methodology, community-driven research

Sessions will be led by recognized experts, including:

  • Willem Adelaar (Leiden)
  • Omar Aguilar (Leiden)
  • Eithne Carlin (Leiden)
  • Ebany Dohle (SOAS)
  • Adrian Gomez (Leiden)
  • Juan Carlos Reyes Gomez (Leiden)
  • Maarten Jansen (Leiden)
  • Tuntiak Katan Jua
  • Maarten Kossmann (Leiden)
  • Raul Macuil (Leiden)
  • Sophie Mu (SOAS)
  • Refugio Nava Nava (Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala)
  • Genner Llanes Ortiz (Leiden)
  • Candide Simard (SOAS)

Participants will also have the opportunity to present a poster about their own work in a public exibition, and the possibility to attend sessions at the Digital Heritage meeting.

The event is open for participants from the three institutions and members of linguistic/ethnic minorities.

Here the latest version of the programme is avaliable.

Requirements for enrollment:

  • a short justification/motivation for the participation in the summer school (taking into account research experience, research interest, current projects)
  • competence in English
  • previous participation in ENGHUM events

If you would like to participate in The Summer School please compete the enrollment form.

2017-04-06 Enrollment for The Field School in Mexico has started!
The field school in the Nahua-speaking community of San Miguel Xaltipan (Tlaxcala, Mexico) is organized by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, in collaboration with SOAS (University of London) and Leiden University within the Engaged Humanities project (Twinning Horizon 2020).

It will take place August 19-29, 2017. Enrollment is open until April 28.

The event is open for participants from the three hosting institutions and members of linguistic/ethnic minorities, and especially speakers of Nahuatl. The purpose of the school is capacity-building in close collaboration with the local community, local knowledge-holders and members of ethnic minorities. Confirmed participating experts include knowledge holders from San Miguel Xaltipan, San Francisco Tetlanohcan and San Miguel Tenango, Natalio Hernandez (Nahua poet, writer and activist), Werner Hernández (psychiatrist, activist and teacher of Pipil/Nawat in El Salvador; expert on the revitalization of Pipil/Nawat) and Adam Coon (expert in Nahua culture and literature; University of Minnesota, Morris). Participants of the field school will visit other Nahuatl-speaking communities, including San Miguel Tenango and San Francisco Tetlanohcan.

 

The thematic scope of the field school includes:

  • Methods and techniques of ethnolinguistic field research, creating and processing audiovisual documentation for the purposes and benefits of local communities and language revitalization programs, language teaching and research projects
  • Establishing best practices for collaboration with local communities
  • Testing and implementing the engaged humanities approach, methods and theory of participatory action research
  • Practical solutions for community-based language revitalization
  • Methodology and curricula for teaching minority languages (with a special focus on Nahuatl)
  • Transdisciplinary research in language and culture with special emphasis on traditional knowledge, indigenous methodology and community-driven research

 

Requirements for enrollment:

  • A short justification/motivation for the applicant’s participation in the field school (taking into account research experience, research interest, current projects, etc.)
  • Good knowledge of spoken Spanish
  • Knowledge of colonial and/or modern Nahuatl (this is optional, but very helpful)
  • Participation in earlier ENGHUM events

 

We offer an additional language training carried out be native speakers of Mexican Spanish for the event’s participants in April (24-27) and in June (dates to be announced).

If you are interested in participation, please complete the enrollment form.

2017-04-03 "Uf jer wełt" in Polish Theatre - report
“Uf jer wełt” - “The next world”, the play prepared by “Wilamowianie” Association was presented to the audience gathered in Polish Theatre in Warsaw.

On 28th of March, the second day of workshop “Developing practical skills for transforming documentation into multi-dimensional materials for transdisciplinary humanistic research”, participants, lecturers, invited guests were welcomed by the director of Polish Theatre, Andrzej Seweryn, mayor of Wilamowice, Marian Trela, and Justyna Olko, the Engaged Humanities project coordinator.
After the presentation of `“Wilamowice” Assemble and short recital of Kamila Majerska, who sang a few songs from hit lists translated to Wymysorys, young actors came to the stage with history of Florian Biesik an his poem.
The play was based on Biesik's work enriched with scenes from the most important events of his life and story of discovering the manuscript of "Uf jer welt" in late 80's of 20th century. Florian Biesik puts citizens of Wilamowice in Paradise, Purgatory and Hell, as Dante did with Florentines. What is interesting, several of actors have an opportunity to play their own ancestors - it was a chance to get to know family history better, to take interest in the history of Wilamowice as well.
The play was presented fully in Wymysorys, spectators were provided with Polish subtitles.
"Uf jer wełt" in Polish Theatre was a great success, all guests agreed, that it was a unique event. It is a good reason for "Wilamowianie" Association to work on another production in aim to show the uniqueness of Wilamowicean language and culture.

Andrzej Seweryn welcomes the audience          Scene from "Uf jer Wełt"       Young actors after the play

2017-03-28 Call for papers
Call for papers: Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage (15–16 November 2017)

 

Call for papers:

Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage

15–16 November 2017

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London)

Leiden University

 

Plenary speakers:

Peter K. Austin (SOAS)

Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago)

Julia Sallabank (SOAS)

 

General Information about the ENGHUM project and Conference:

The Partners of the Engaged Humanities projects (http://engagedhumanities.al.uw.edu.pl/), Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at University of Warsaw, School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS, University of London, and Leiden University, hereby invite proposals for papers at the first international conference on Engaged Humanities.

 

The Engaged Humanities project aims at strengthening scientific and innovation capacity as well as social impact in the field of participatory action research in linguistic-cultural heritage and revitalization of endangered languages. The assumptions behind the project reflect the need for a holistic and problem-oriented (not disciplinary-limited) approach to both theoretical and applied issues in the study of language, culture, and society. An essential goal also includes finding solutions for bridging collaboration and knowledge-transfer gaps between academics, members of local communities/ethnic minorities and non-academic organizations.

 

A precedent for the Engaged Humanities project and this conference was the conference Integral Strategies for Language Revitalization held in Wilamowice, Poland in June 2014. The Engaged Humanities conference will be directly preceded by a workshop on digital humanities and efficient integration of disciplinary perspectives/practices for effective engagement. Participants in the conference are also welcome to attend the workshop.

 

Successful proposals will address one or more of the following topics:

  • Multipurpose documentation of linguistic and cultural heritage
  • Language revitalization in theory and practice
  • Participatory action research and community-driven projects
  • Indigenous research methodology and traditional knowledge in language and cultural  revitalization
  • Economic impact of language preservation and multilingualism
  • Language and wellbeing
  • Cognitive effects of multilingualism
  • Language contact in the context of endangerment
  • Language policy for endangered language and cultures
  • Pedagogical approaches to minority languages

Formal requirements:

Abstracts should be no more than one A4 pages in length including references and examples. They should be anonymous, and set in a minimum of 12pt font. They should be in

.docx or .pdf format and the filename should start with ENGHUM, followed by an underscore and then first authors' surname, e.g. ENGHUM_bloggs.pdf. If you have a common surname, please also include initials, e.g. ENGHUM_jjones.pdf.

 

Abstracts must be submitted via the EasyChair system which you can access by clicking on

this link: https://easychair.org/cfp/ENGHUM2017

 

If you do not have an EasyChair account already, you will need to create one when you do this. Once logged in complete your details and upload your abstract as an attachment (pdf or

docx).

 

Conference papers will be allotted 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion. A projector (VGA/HDMI) and audio facilities will be available on site. We welcome multimedia presentations.

The main conference languages are English and Spanish. However, in promoting language use in all domains, especially of minority and lesser-known languages papers may be given in these languages provided it does not unnecessarily hinder effective communication; we would therefore suggest papers given in a language other than English or Spanish be accompanied by adequate multimedia subtitling or simultaneous interpretation.  

 

Important dates:

  • Proposal submission: 1 May, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 12 May, 2017
  • Registration: 1 September, 2017

 

Fees:

Registration for the conference is free. Coffee and tea will be provided in the breaks. Catering will be available during lunches and can be paid on site.

 

Scientific committee:

Willem Adelaar

Joshua Birchall

Robert Borges

Piotr Chruszczewski

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk

José Antonio Flores Farfán

Maarten Jansen

Friederike Lüpke

Justyna Olko

John Sullivan

Tomasz Wicherkiewicz

 

2017-02-27 Workshop: "Developing practical skills for transforming documentation into multi-dimensional materials for transdisciplinary humanistic research"
Next workshop in Warsaw will be organised at the end of March: from 27th to 29th. Speakers are: Peter K. Austin, Julia Sallabank, Tamaraukuro Prezi, Benat Garaio, Ben Levine, Michael Riessler.

The programme is avaliable here.

Poster (in Polish) 
If you are interested in participation, please complete the enrollment form.

2017-02-27 "Uf jer wełt" in Polish Theatre in Warsaw
We would like to invite you to Polish Theatre in Warsaw (ul. Karasia 2) for the play "Uf jer wełt" prepared by youth of Wilamowice on 28th of March at 12.00.

''Uf jer wełt'' ("The next world") is theatre play in Wymysorys, prepared by young actors from Wilamowice, based on epic poem written in 1921 by Florian Biesik who earlier served as high railway clerk in Trieste, the biggest port of the Austria-Hungary Empire. Right over there, in the city influenced by Italian culture, longing for his homeland, he had found a great inspiration for his work. It was Dante's "Divine comedy". Biesik populated Paradise, Purgatory and Hell with people he knew from Wilamowice. The play shows episodes from author's life and takes spectators on a journey beyond this world.

Wymysorys language is known from 13th century, but after II World War using it was forbidden, Wymysorys almost disappeared. Recently people for Wilamowice are returning to their roots thanks to young activists, work of The Association of Wilamowianie with support of academic projects and programmes. Teaching and revitalization of the language are under the auspices of Faculty of ''Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw.

This theatrical activity enters the assumptions of language revitalisation idea - saving the language of ancestors and returning the prestige by promotion its value as cultural heritage.

If you would like to see this extraordinary production please write at alicja.podraznik@gmail.com till 3rd of March to receive free ticket.

Premiere took place on 25th of September 2016 during The Field School in Wilamowice.

Organisers: Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, The Association of Wilamowianie.

2017-02-23 Mother Tongue Day in Wilamowice - guests from Hopgarten
18th and 19th of February was a time for celebration of Mother Language Day in Wilamowice.

Apart from lectures and presentations the programme of this event included several artistic performances: of “Wilamowianie” Assemble, recital of popular songs translated to Wilamowicean and arranged by Kamila Majerska, play “Uf jer Wełt” based poem written by Florian Biesik (the premiere took place in September 2016 during The Field School in Wilamowice).

 

The participants of the event also had an opportunity to listen and watch the performance given by assemble from Hopgarten (Chmel’nica in Slovakia) - residents of this town live on Spis from 14th century and managed to keep their language and culture.

It was an interesting meeting of two communities sharing their experience in maintaining language heritage, taking care of lingustic and cultural diversity.

 

Guests from Hopgarten described in details their visit in Wilamowice and Pisarzowice:

http://www.chmelnica.sk/article-item-sk/chmelnicania-sa-predstavili-na-dnoch-jazyka-otcov-vo-wilamowicach/

2017-01-18 Mother Tongue Day in Wilamowice, 18-19 of February
18th and 19th of February it is The Mother Tongue Day in Wilamowice. EngHum Team with The Association of WIlamowianie prepared a programme, which includes lectures, debates, cultural events, including play "Óf jer Wełt", which has premiere during The Field School in Wilamowice in September 2016.

There will be also a special guest: ensemble from Hopgarten. 

Here you can find the programme of this two-day event in Polish and Wymysou.

If you are interested in participating, please apply till 26th of January on enghum2016@gmail.com or use enrollment form.

2017-01-11 Summary of the first year of the project
2016 was the first year of Engaged Humanities project – we organised workshops, summer school, filed school, theater play. Faculty of Artes Liberales – University of Warsaw, School of Oriental and African Studies and University of Leiden worked togehter on strengthening scientific and innovation capacity as well as social impact in the field of participatory action research in linguistic-cultural heritage and revitalization of endangered languages.

The first event was theatre play „Hobbit.  Hejn ȧn cyryk” performed in Polish Theatre in Warsaw on 26th of February. Youth from Wilamowice and Association of Wilamowianie presented performance based upon the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien fully in Wymysorys. They were authors of script, scenography, costumes, it was also directed by themselves. At the same day were prepared to workshops for children: about traditional dance and about Wilamowicean costumes and language.

A few days later, on 7th and 8th of March in Warsaw took place first trainig session: “Capacity ­building in methodology and theory of transdisciplinary research on cultural and linguistic heritage”. Lectures were given by:
Konrad Rybka (University of Amsterdam)

Julia Sallabank, (SOAS, University of London)

Maarten Jensen & Omar Anguilar Sánchez (University of Leiden)

Nicole Dołowy-­Rybińska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Slavic Studies).

 

Another trainig session were organised in May:  “Teaching minority languages, methodology and curriculum development. Practical applications, understanding societal and cultural challenges”. For two days knowledge and experience were shared by

Abelardo de La Cruz (IDIEZ) & John Sullivan (UW/IDIEZ)

Olga Frąckiewicz (UAM)
Tomasz Wicherkiewicz  (UAM)

Søren Wichmann, (UniLeiden)

Omar Aguilar, (UniLeiden)

Juan Carlos Reyes Gómez , (UniLeiden)

Kate Bellamy, (UniLeiden)

Ellen Foote, (SOAS, University fo London)

Julia Sallabank (SOAS, University fo London)

Aleksandra Bergier (UW)

 

June was the month of meeting in London for Summer School hosted by SOAS: Transdisciplinarity in Language Documentation and Revitalisation. Participants were working across disciplines on issues of language and identity, language vitality, language maintenance and revitalisation.


Peter Austin (SOAS)

Tom Castle (SOAS)

Gregory Haimovich (UW)

Tymoteusz Król, (UW)

Justyna Majerska (UW)

Justyna Olko (UW)

Friederike Lüpke  (SOAS)

Dina Mehmedbegovic  (SOAS)

Jennifer Needs  (SOAS)

John Sullivan (UW/IDIEZ)

 Abelardo de la Cruz (IDIEZ)

Julia Sallabank (SOAS)

Candide Simard  (SOAS)

Birgul Yilmaz  (SOAS)

September 18–28 staff and students from the from the University of Warsaw faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Leiden University, and School of Oriental and African Studies in London, along with minority language activists from Poland and the UK participated in the EngHum Field School in Wilamowice. Participants took part in structured workshops on audio and video recording, software tools for data processing, and perspectives on cultural-linguistic research and revitalization methodology. All participants also gave presentations about their research and/or motivations for their involvement in the school (see the program here). Perhaps most importantly, all participants joined one of four groups, each of which was assigned a different task related to research and revitalization of minority languages and cultures. The four groups were:

 – Museum in Wilamowice

This group was tasked with collaborating with community members in Wilamowice who are working toward the establishment of a local museum. Such a museum would provide space for the expresion of the unique cultural heritage of Wilamowice and the surrounding communities, as well as a safe environment for the storage and exibition of valuable local artifacts.

– School group

This group worked together with the local school in Wilamowice to develop didactic materials to improve methodologies for teaching minority languages. The group produced a number of integrated strategies for language teaching, including games, graphic materials, and ideas for various Apps that could be used for language learning.

– Surrounding villages group

This group surveyed the villages surrounding Wilamowice regarding the history of the area, attitudes towar Wymysorys and Wilamowian culture, and the relations between these villages and Wilamowice.

– Hałcnów

Much of the program took place at the hotel „Przystań nad Sołą“ in Bielany, just outside Wilamowice, where participants also stayed, ate together, and socialized. Two important events took place in the town of Wilamowice. On Suday evening, the participants of the field school presented themselves and their groupwork to local community members and were treated to Wilamovian music and dancing, as well as the primiere of „Óf Yer Wełt“, a play in Wymysorys performed by the local theater group. On the final day of the field school, participants had the opportunity to meet and discuss the status of Wymysorys with memebrs of the Commision of National and Ethnic Minorities, a body of the Polish Lower Chaimber of Parliament (SEJM).

And just before Holiday break in Collegium Artes Liberales took place third session training led by Prof. Peter K. Austin from SOAS. The title of the workshop was „Engaged Humanities in practice. Community-based language”

2016-12-08 Engaged Humanities in practice. Community-based language documentation, support and revitalization. Workshop with Prof. Peter K. Austin - programme
The workshop will take place at Dobra 72 (Collegium Artes Liberales) in the conference room on level -1. It will be conducted by Prof. Peter K. Austin, Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His main resinterests are theory and practice of endangered languages documentation and revitalisation, Lexical Functional Grammar, morpho-syntactic typology, computer-aided lexicography and multi-media for endangered languages. He has also published on historical and comparative linguistics, typology, and Australian Aboriginal history and biography. He has extensive fieldwork experience on Australian Aboriginal languages and Sasak and Samawa from Eastern Indonesia.

Here you can find a programme of the workshop.

Poster - invitation (in Polish)

2016-10-19 Workshop with Eduardo de la Cruz in Warsaw
On Wednesday, 26th of October, Eduardo de la Cruz (IDIEZ) will conduct a workshop: Indigenous teaching methodology of a minority language: the case of Nahuatl. Language of the event: Spanish Workshop will take place in Collegium Artes Liberales (Dobra 72), room 9a, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
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