The Materiality of Indigenous Languages: Co-creating Landscapes
The University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 33, Consistorium Hall (Main building, 2nd floor), 5-6 June 2018
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This seminar focuses on indigenous languages and on what it means to co-build a relational space where humans and non-humans meet through a linguistic lens. Thus, we add an angle to the academic work done on human-animal-environment relations, which has dominated the interest of scholars from the Social Sciences, where language has often remained marginal. Our case studies draw together northern and southern indigenous peoples, languages, and environments: forest Veps in the Republic of Karelia, mountain Tyvans in the Tyva Republic, meadow and mountain Mari in the Mari El Republic, Arctic Nenets in the Nenets Autonomous Region, (sub-)Arctic Yakuts in the Sakha Republic (Russia), and river Apurinã (Brazil). We also present Finnish and Karelian ‘bear songs’ and toponymy in Uralic languages. This seminar can be of interest to anyone interested in environmental humanities, indigenous studies, social sciences, linguistics, and folklore studies. There is no registration for this event.