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Seminar program - IN OTHER WOR(L)DS

Nordic Dimensions of Multilingualism

Hanasaari Conference Centre
Thursday 25.10, 9:30 am-5 pm
+ get-together from 5 pm

Please register by 5.10.2018: Registration link

You can follow the presentations via live streaming through the link: http://videonet.fi/norden/20181025/

In Other Wor(l)ds is the final seminar of the project Multilingualism and Diversity as a Resource in the Cultural Field, part of Norden 2020. 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 neighbors in the field of lingual diversity?

Program in PDF.

Program  (changes are possible)

9:30-10:00 Coffee 

10:00-10:15 Kirsi-Marja Lehtelä: Welcoming words / Norden 2020 

10:15-10:30 Rita Paqvalén: Multilingualism and Diversity as a Resource in the Cultural Field, short presentation of the project and its unit Multilingual Month

10:30-10:50 Sebastian Drude: Promoting multilingualism and language diversity / The Vigdís World Language Centre in Iceland

10:50-11:10 Sofiya Zahova: The position of Roma language in the Nordic Countries and the construction of a digital archive of Roma Literature 

11:10-11:30 Johanna Domokos: Sámi literary field in the Nordic countries. Presentation of a report* and recommendations to improve the situation

11:30-12:00 Discussion among the speakers of the morning: Sebastian Drude, Sofiya Zahova, Johanna Domokos & Harald Gaski. Moderator: Rita Paqvalén 

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:20 Husein Muhammed: Presentation of the forthcoming report on Nordic-Kurdish literature 

13:20-13:55 Discussion about the Kurdish and Somali literary fields. Focus on children, families and growth to multilingualism. Husein Muhammed, Newzad Hirori and Jama Abdulkadir. Moderator: Outi Korhonen

13:55-14:00 Instructions for the next workshops 

14:00-14:30 Coffee 

14:30-15:30 Workshop 1 (choose one)

a) Multilingualism creating communities - Anna Váldis and Lara Hoffman: Ós Pressan, a multilingual platform for writers and other creatives in Iceland, and Laura Gazzotti and Andrea Botero: Kolibrí, a multilingual art festival for children and their families in Helsinki metropolitan region. Moderator: Helga West

b) Playing with languages - Multilingualism in early education in Finland and Sweden. From the experiences to plans of future collaboration. Contributions from Botkyrka, Sweden (Andreas Ali Jonasson), early education in Helsinki (Risto Keskinen) and Somali language education in Finland (Jama Abdulkadir). Moderator: Outi Korhonen

c) Nordic collaboration on multilingual e-books and digital library services - Presentation of a Nordic collaboration hosted by National library of Norway (Marit Vestlie). Contributions to the discussion from Kurdiska biblioteket (Newzad Hirori) and Finland´s Multilingual library (Riitta Hämäläinen, Eeva Pilviö, Kiamars Baghbani). Moderator: Rita Paqvalén

15:35-16:35 Workshop 2 (choose one) 

a) Digital platforms for learning languages - Katri Koivula and Niillas Holmberg tell about their awarded initiative Say it in Saami which leads to joint conversation about digital possibilities in learning languages. Moderator: Helga West 

b) Processes of edition and publishing in non-dominant languages - Is there space and future for Nordic editorials in non-dominant languages? Abbas Shokri, Norway and Kiamars Baghbani, Finland. Moderator: Outi Korhonen

c) Multilingualism in libraries and reading promotion for children, youth and families in multilingual contexts – What can we learn from other Nordic libraries? Representatives from multilingual libraries from Finland and other Nordic countries. Marit Vestlie, Riitta Hämäläinen, Eeva Pilviö, Newzad Hirori. Moderator: Ylva Larsdotter

16:40-17:00 Concluding remarks

17:00- Drinks and snacks

The seminar is free of charge and includes lunch and coffee.

*The printed report: A writing hand reaches further – Recommendations for the improvement of Sámi literary field about the situation of the Sámi literary field will be distributed for the seminar guests.

Please note that on Fri 26th October there is a possibility to participate in a seminar on multilingualism in Finnish literature at the Finnish Literature Society (SKS) and later in the evening the same day in a discussion on Sámi language rights at the Helsinki Book Fair (25.10–28.10). The Helsinki Book Fair has an entrance fee. 


The entrance to the seminar space is accessible and there is an accessible toilet. Assisting dogs are welcome. There is an induction loop in the seminar space. 

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