Foundation for Endangered Languages
FEL XIII: Endangered Languages and History
This page last updated: 13 December 2009
The Foundation for Endangered Languages, in association with the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, and The Institute of Humanities, Khorog
Programme: see the Draft Programme
Institute of Humanities, Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, Khorog Tajikistan. See below for travel and visa information.
Endangered languages are often the remnants of old nations and civilizations. Many of these languages have been widely used in vast territories for centuries before giving way to more powerful and influential languages over a period of time for various social, economic, literary, political, and natural reasons. It is often precisely in the endangered languages of minorities and indigenous peoples that scholars seek answers to the historical developments of nations, their values and ethics, agricultural activities, habitat, way of life, migration patterns, arts and crafts, religious traditions, archaeological findings, etc. Endangered languages can serve to legitimise the sovereignty of the dominant nations, or to reaffirm their identity and authority over the territory, often at the expense of other languages. In the process, the endangered languages themselves may be strengthened or weakened as the past of the nation becomes a bone of contention. History also has value in the life of a community and can foster and promote a sense of identity among its members, thus perhaps playing a crucial role in the preservation or revitalisation of the endangered languages.
The conference will discuss the complex interaction of Endangered Languages and History and how the study of history can encourage the preservation and promote the revitalisation of endangered languages. The following are some of the aspects of this interface which could be discussed at the conference, certainly not an exclusive list:
The languages of the conference: English, Russian and Tajik. Abstract and papers will be accepted in any of these languages.
Each presentation at the Conference will last twenty minutes, with a further ten minutes for discussion and questions and answers. Keynote lectures (by invitation only) will last forty-five minutes each.
Visa and travel information: see the Visa and travel information page
Accommodation: see the Accommodation information page
The fee includes conference fee, accommodation, food, travel to Khorog by road, an excursion to the Badakhshan region, the conference proceedings. The fee also includes annual membership of FEL.
Note: The fee does not include expenses in Dushanbe. The local organising committee can arrange booking hotel in Dushanbe on request. The price will range from US$50-US$150.
The fee can be paid by one of these methods:
International bank account number: GB95 CPBK 0890 0250 0734 56
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