Focus-Series: “Revitalizing minority and minoritized languages in Europe”
The recently introduced focus-series “Revitalizing minority and minoritized languages in Europe” is a new initiative by the AIFRS to study, teach, promote and conduct research on European minority and minoritized languages. The core scope of the focus-series are Romance minority and/or regional languages like, e.g., Galician, Sardinian, Judeo-Spanish, Franco-Provençal, Mirandese, Neapolitan, etc., not excluding an extension to non-Romance languages within the Romania or for the purpose of comparison. This initiative is rooted in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages from 1992 – not unproblematic on its own in its vague and not well informed linguistic terminology (e.g., presupposing certain definitions of language and dialect, pp. 1–2) –, which aims at endorsing the protection and promotion of regional and minority languages as an integral part in the creation of a democratic and cultural diverse Europe of the future. Promoting linguistic diversity shall, according to this, facilitate communication between different communities and help create multicultural and tolerant societies.
The focus-series is the AIFRS’ contribution to this endeavor. It is held in cycles which consist of connected plenary talks, conferences, workshops, etc., on specific subjects within the general frame of the focus-series.
The first cycle in this series bears the title
“Plurilingualism and multiculturalism on the Iberian Peninsula”
and is organized at the University of Granada, just as subsequent cycles will take place at the heart of Arqus in Granada.
First cycle: Granada, academic course, November 2022 – May 2023
Organization: David Porcel Bueno (University of Granada): daporbue(at)ugr.es
- November 2022, plenary talk: The representation of female characters in the Cantigas de amigo of Don Denis by Rachele Fassanelli (Padua)
- 2–3 March 2023, workshop: Asturian from the Middle Ages until today
held by Stefan Koch (Graz)
- 2–3 March 2023, workshop: Mirandese, a minority and minoritized language in Portugal held by David Porcel Bueno (Granada)
- May 2023, plenary talk: The impact of Galician on Argentinian Spanish
by Carsten Sinner (Leipzig)