More information about the project can be found in the podcast/interview (conducted in Polish) with the project leaders: Justyna Olko and Michał Bilewicz.
The 2017 Field School in San Miguel Xaltipan (Tlaxcala, Mexico), an event organized as part of the EngHum project with the participation of ‘Artes Liberales’ Faculty at the University of Warsaw, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, Leiden University and representatives of San Miguel Xaltipan took place between the 19th and 29th of August 2017.
Among the participants of the School that was organized in a Nahuatl-speaking zone were native speakers of various variants of Nahuatl itself and speakers of other indigenous languages of Mexico including Yucatec Maya, Ayuuc and Mixtec. Numerous scholars working on language documentation and language revitalization as well as language activists from Mexico, El Salvador, the U.S., Poland, United Kingdom, Italy and Catalonia also gathered in San Miguel Xaltipan. Activities scheduled for the duration of the School included workshops on language documentation techniques (audio and video recordings), data and metadata management, linguistic software used in language documentation and revitalization, design of pedagogical materials in language revitalization, etc. The School was also an opportunity for the exchange of experiences and making valuable contacts with fellow language activists working in language revitalization. Participants of the School had the chance to practice newly acquired skills during numerous workshops in a series of tasks assigned to them and involving documenting Nahuatl spoken in San Miguel Xaltipan, San Pedro Tlalcuapan and San Francisco Tetlanohcan. The programme of the School also included a number of academic and non-academic presentations on a range of topics in language documentation and revitalization strategies involving work with minority languages in Mexico, Central America, Africa and Europe. On the 25th and the 26th of August another edition of the Interdialectal Nahuatl Encounter took place. Several dozen of people gathered in Xaltipan in order to discuss a range of topics concerning the Nahuatl language and to do so in Nahuatl which was the language of communication during the Encounter. Nahuatl was also one of the working languages during the duration of the School beside Spanish.
The event’s programme also included trips to two Nahuatl-speaking towns: San Miguel Tenango in the state of Puebla and San Pedro Tlalcuapan in the state of Tlaxcala. An excursion to the archeological sites of Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl were made as well. During the School several hundreds books in Nahuatl published by the University of Warsaw (the ‘Totlahtol’ series) were distributed free of charge to the Nahua people in San Miguel Xaltipan and in other Nahua communities located nearby.
Text: Elwira Sobkowiak
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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:
All information about activities you can find here.
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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.
Theoretical and practical workshops on themes:
Sessions will be led by recognized experts, including:
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:
If you would like to participate in The Summer School please compete the enrollment form.
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:
Requirements for enrollment:
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.
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.
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)
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:
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
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.
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.
José Antonio Flores Farfán
The programme is avaliable here.
''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 email@example.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.
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:
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.
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.
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”