Invitation to reading: “Searching for Identity: Personal Experiences and Methodological Reflections”, ed. Olha Tkachenko & Ayur Zhanaev

We recommend the online publication Searching for Identity: Personal Experiences and Methodological Reflections edited by dr Olha Tkachenko from the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and dr Ayur Zhanayev from the Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialization at the University of Warsaw. Dr Marzena Maciulewicz from the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences also contributed to the book.

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Results of an open competition for the position of post-doc in the project “Linguistic diversity in Poland: collateral languages, language-oriented activities and conceptualization of collective identity”

We would like to inform that under the Sonata Bis project of the National Science Centre “Linguistic diversity in Poland: collateral languages, language-oriented activities and conceptualization of collective identity, no. 2020/38/E/HS2/00006, implemented at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, there was an open competition for the position of post-doc. Based on the evaluation of the submitted documents and an interview, the recruitment committee decided to employ dr Maciej Mętrak.

Dr hab. Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska received National Science Centre’s SONATA BIS 10 grant

We are happy to announce that dr hab. Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska, prof. ISS PAS obtained funding under the SONATA BIS 10 competition for the implementation of the project “Linguistic diversity in Poland: collateral languages, language-oriented activities and conceptualization of collective identity”.

427 applications were submitted in the SONATA BIS 10 call, 76 of them will receive funding with a total of almost PLN 179 million. In the HS panel – Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, 12 research projects out of 88 submitted were qualified for funding. It is worth noting that the project of dr hab. Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska was at the forefront of the ranking list, in third place.

SONATA BIS is a competition for research projects in which the principal investigator must be a researcher with a PhD degree conferred within 5 to 12 years before the proposal submission year. The aim of the research project is to create a new research team to conduct basic research.

More information on webpage:

https://www.ncn.gov.pl/aktualnosci/2021-02-15-wyniki-konkursow-maestro-12-sonata-bis-10

International Conference: Conventional and unconventional ways of transmitting and revitalizing minoritized languages in European context and beyond, 8–9 September 2021, Warsaw

Over the last few decades, we can observe a great interest in sustaining the linguistic diversity of the world. Not only are there a growing number of language activists and activities aimed at protecting minority languages at the legal level so that they are recognized by states and dominant communities, but also to maintain them in use and to reinstate their lost domains of usage. Scholars researching language shift and loss, language revival and revitalization underline that the chosen strategy and its effectiveness depend on multiple factors, such as the ethnolinguistic vitality of a speech community, the level of language loss, language attitudes and language trauma. All these factors influence (potential) speakers’ opportunities, capacity and motivation to use and to transmit the language which always has a lower position on the linguistic market than the dominant languages.

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