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In Other Wor(l)ds

Nordic dimensions of multilingualism

In Other Wor(l)ds is the final seminar of the project Multilingualism and Diversity as a Resource in the Cultural Field. How can we recognize the new Nordic resources that remain unknown due to different language barriers? What kind of new skills and policies can we learn from our Nordic neighbours in the field of linguistic diversity?

Thursday 25.10. 2018
Hanasaari conference centre
10:00-17:00 + get together

The content of the seminar includes language-specific presentations of Nordic literary fields (Sámi, Kurdish, Romani and Somali languages) and discussions about policies and practices that support multilingualism in the Nordic societies. In the workshops, the participants can discuss in smaller groups e.g. questions related to multilingual library work, tools that facilitate the construction of multilingual work communities, the new needs for translation policies, the construction of a multilingual path from babies to the elderly.  

The registration to the seminar will open in August 2018.

This seminar is part of the project Norden 2020: “An Open and Innovative Nordic Region with Healthy People 2020 – Equal Opportunities for Welfare, Culture, Education and Work”.


Do you want to contribute to the workshop program?

Do you have a project, program or practice related to multilingualism that you would like to share in the seminar? The workshop program is still under construction. We look for contents related to the inclusion of minority languages and other non-dominant languages in the Nordic Region.

We´ve defined the themes as the following:

  • the construction of multilingual work communities in the cultural field
  • the construction of a multilingual path from babies to the elderly
  • questions related to multilingual literary field
  • questions related to multilingual library work


If you want to participate, please send us a description of 100-200 words and related links at the latest August 20th 2018. We´ll cover the travel and accommodation costs of the chosen proposals within the Nordic Region (one person / proposal). Describe in the text

  • the concrete contents of the project, programme or practice that you would present
  • what you would like to share with others about your work and why? The content can also be a good question or problem that you have not resolved.
  • if you would prefer a traditional presentation or a participatory workshop (what kind of?)
  • what your relation is to the project, program or practice 

Contact information

Outi Korhonen, project coordinator:

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