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					                        Rēzekne University College (Latvia)
                      Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań (Poland)
                             University of Latvia (Latvia)
                      Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia)



                     2nd International Conference on Latgalistics

        Centre and Periphery: A Change of Perspectives
           Conference in Honour of the 100th Birthday of Marija Andžāne




                       Rēzekne, October 15th-17th, 2009

Dear Colleagues!

The 1st International Conference on Latgalian Studies took place from September
19th-20th, 2008 in Saint-Petersburg with the aim of starting off a new tradition of
conferences. In the second conference, we will be aiming for a more general debate
on a new understanding of centres and peripheries from a perspective of regional and
minority languages, folklore, literature, and processes which are connected with these
topics in society, education and politics, such as regionalism, questions of locality and
globality, decentralisation, identity, and multiculturalism. The point of departure of
the discussions will be based on issues relating to the region of Latgale – but scholars
working on one or several of the conference fields regarding other regions are
wholeheartedly encouraged to participate in order to give the conference a contrastive
perspective.

The conference will be dedicated to the commemoration of the Latgalian poet Marija
Andžāne who would have turned 100 years on September 8th, 2009. In 1933, Marija
Andžāne published the first collection of her poetry, Reits (Morning), in which for the
first time the orthographic principles of Latgalian as developed by P. Strods were
used. After World War II, the poet lived in the United States, where she became the
most recognised representative of Latgalian poetry. M. Andžāne studied educational
science at the State Teachers’ Institute in Rēzekne, the predecessor of today’s
Rēzekne University College. She collected Latgalian folklore, and was through her
work an inspiration for many pupils. Her life and work are an excellent example of
active philological work as a contribution to the development and maintenance of
traditional languages, literature and folklore.
The conference will also provide the framework for the presentation of the results of
the Ethnolinguistic Survey of Latgale, conducted by Rēzekne University College and
the University of Milan, in the monograph Valodas Austrumlatvijā (Languages in
Eastern Latvia). Interested scientists as well as representatives of cultural and
educational institutions and the media are kindly invited also to this event.

The conference envisages to create interdisciplinary debates between the following
fields:

    -   Applied linguistics,
    -   Theoretical linguistics,
    -   History of culture and art,
    -   Folklore and literary science, and
    -   Innovative methods in the teaching of language, culture or history.

Conference Languages: Latvian, Latgalian, English, Russian (if required with
simultaneous interpretation).
It will be possible to participate in the conference with a paper or a poster.
Length of Papers: 30 minutes (20 minutes paper + 10 minutes discussion)
Length of Poster Presentations: 5 minutes + 30 minutes common discussion of 3-5
posters
The registration form can be found on the web site of Rēzekne University College:
www.ru.lv/Pētniecība/Konferences
Participation Fee: 60 Euros (40 Euros for students), including the published
conference proceedings, the conference dinner, coffee breaks and lunches.
Important Dates:
    - May 1st, 2009: Deadline for paper and poster abstracts
    - June 1st, 2009: Decision and information of the organising committee about
       paper and poster acceptance
    - October 15th-17th, 2009: Conference
    - December 1st, 2009: Deadline for written versions of the papers for
       publication in the conference proceedings
    - During 2010: Publication of the proceedings
Please send the registration form with your paper or poster abstract until May 1st, 2009 to
the conference’s coordinator Ilga Šuplinska: Ilga.Suplinska@ru.lv, or by traditional mail to:

        Rēzeknes Augstskola
        Filoloģijas katedra
        Atbrīvošanas aleja 115
        Rēzekne, LV 4600
        Latvia

                                        On behalf of the Organisatorial Committee

                                                                        Ilga Šuplinska

				
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