EUROJOS

“The linguistic and cultural worldview of Slavs and their neighbours in a comparative perspective” (EUROJOS-2)

The EUROJOS-2 research project ‒ “The linguistic and cultural worldview of Slavs and their neighbours in a comparative perspective” [Językowo-kulturowy obraz świata Słowian i ich sąsiadów na tle porównawczym] – continues the work of the EUROJOS seminar, established in 2001 and affiliated with the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2009 [for details, see J. Bartmiński and I. Bielińska-Gardziel, “15 lat konwersatorium EUROJOS”, Etnolingwistyka, vol. 28 (2016), pp. 317–322]. Since the establishment of the seminar the work has been conducted under the supervision of prof. dr hab. Jerzy Bartmiński.

The work financed under the grant entitled “Methods of the analysis of the linguistic worldview (JOS) in the context of comparative research” [Metody analizy językowego obrazu świata (JOS) w kontekście badań porównawczych, NPRH 12H 12 0182 81] was completed in 2015; the first volumes of Leksykon aksjologiczny Słowian i ich sąsiadów [The axiological lexicon of Slavs and their neighbours] were prepared for publication. The first volume – Dom [Home], ed. Jerzy Bartmiński, Iwona Bielińska-Gardziel and Beata Żywicka – appeared in print in 2015, and was followed by Praca [Work], 2016, Honor [Honour], 2017 and Europa [Europe], 2018); Wolność [Freedom] is forthcoming.

The aim of the EUROJOS-2 project is to continue and further develop parallel semantic analyses on the basis of the material of Slavic languages (as well as other selected languages) with an intention to make interlinguistic and intercultural comparisons (for information about the theoretical and methodological premises, see a detailed description of the EUROJOS project). The focus is on the analysis of the semantics of the names of values, particularly on how axiological concepts which play an important part in the modern world are interpreted. The work relies on a consistent methodology. The study material consists of systemic, textual and survey data. The project is based on the assumption that human perception of the world largely depends on the perspective defined by the individual’s linguistic and cultural group, and that the reconstruction of the linguistic worldview (językowy obraz świata, JOS) leads to cognition of man as a perceiving, conceptualising and speaking subject (homo loquens).

From 2016 the EUROJOS-2 seminar operates under the joint patronage of the Ethnolinguistic Commission of the International Slavic Studies Committee and the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with the participation of the Institute of Polish Studies at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, represented by Professor Stanisława Niebrzegowska-Bartmińska. In comparison to its predecessor, EUROJOS-1, the seminar formula was alternatively extended to cover dialectal data (ETNO-EUROJOS).

Fifty-eight scholars from fourteen countries (including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania and France) expressed their interest in taking part in the EUROJOS-2 project. The declarations concern twenty-one languages, which, apart from Slavic languages, also include English, German, French, Danish, Modern Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian and other languages.

Following a preliminary assessment of the situation, it was decided that work should focus on between five and ten concepts, and that it should be conducted in teams. The concepts include those most frequently mentioned by the participants of the project (FAMILY, HEALTH), those significant from the perspective of society (JUSTICE, DEMOCRACY, TOLERANCE) and those which are important from the perspective of culture (HOMELAND, SOLIDARITY, SOUL). There are plans to extend the list to include two or three more concepts.

The seminar is open to all those who are interested in the subject and in the study of axiological concepts in various languages.

The managing team of the EUROJOS-2 project:

An international scholarly conference “Unity in diversity: On the issues of Slavic axiosphere. EUROJOS XIV”

An international scholarly conference “Unity in diversity: On the issues of Slavic axiosphere. EUROJOS XIV” was held on 11–13 September 2018 in Nałęczów (Poland). The event was organised by the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Polish Studies at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and The Slavic Foundation.

The conference was attended by scholars from eighteen research centres abroad (including the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ghent University, the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, the Institute for the Bulgarian Language of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the University of Vienna, the Belarusian State University, the University of Helsinki, Institute for the Serbian Language of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the University of Vilnius, the University of Novi Sad) and ten centres in Poland (including the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, the University of Warsaw, the Adam Mickiewicz University, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, the University of Wrocław, the Catholic University of Lublin). Participants of the event arrived from twelve countries: Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Finland, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia.

The conference included presentations of over forty papers in different languages (Polish, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Czech). Their authors shared findings concerning the interpretation of particular values – approached as cultural concepts – by speakers of different languages, including HEALTH, FAMILY, TOLERANCE, DEMOCRACY, FRIENDSHIP, NATION, JUSTICE, FREEDOM, PATRIOTISM, HOME. Following the principles of the EUROJOS project, the papers concerned values shared not only by speakers of particular Slavic languages, but also by their closer and more distant neighbours, speakers of Danish, Finnish, Spanish, German and Lithuanian. Some papers presented surveys conducted among the respondents in Finland, Denmark, Poland, Serbia, Belarus and Ukraine. There were also authors who addressed methodological aspects of axiolinguistic research. Prof. dr hab. Stanisława Niebrzegowska-Bartmińska presented the paper entitled “O sposobach eksplikowania konceptów aksjologicznych” [On the modes of explication of axiological concepts].

On 13 September the editorial board of Leksykon aksjologiczny Słowian i ich sąsiadów [The axiological lexicon of Slavs and their neighbours] held an open meeting chaired by prof. dr hab. Jerzy Bartmiński, the editor of the series. The participants discussed the schedule of work on the next volumes of the lexicon (Zdrowie [Health] and Rodzina [Family]), which had made a significant progress. Apart from experienced scholars, the conference and the meeting were also attended by doctoral students from Lithuania, Belarus and Poland who begin their research in the field of axiolinguistics.

Conference materials are available at: http://www.eurojos.wordpress.com

An international scholarly conference “Unity in diversity: On the issues of Slavic axiosphere. EUROJOS XIV” (11–13 September 2018) was financed from the funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland) allocated to the dissemination of science (agreement 800/P-DUN/ 2018).

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An international scholarly conference EUROJOS XIII, Moscow

An international scholarly conference “Language and values: Current questions concerning Leksykon aksjologiczny Słowian i ich sąsiadów [The axiological lexicon of Slavs and their neighbours]. Eurojos XIII” was held on 30–31 May 2017 in Moscow.

The event was jointly organised by the Institute of Slavic Studies, the Polish Academy of Sciences Centre in Moscow, the Ethnolinguistic Commission of the International Slavic Studies Committee, the Institute of Polish Studies at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and the Polish Institute in Moscow.

The conference was attended by twenty-two speakers from thirteen research centres, representing five countries: Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Mexico. The papers were delivered by researchers from such centres as the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Vinogradov Institute of Russian Language of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Moscow State University, the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Kazan Federal University, the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, the Catholic University of Lublin and the Belarusian State University. Thanks to the tele-bridge launched between Moscow and Kiev, representatives of the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev also participated in the conference.

The participants assessed the progress of work on Leksykon aksjologiczny Słowian i ich sąsiadów [The axiological lexicon of Slavs and their neighbours]. The discussion was devoted to the volumes Dom [Home], Praca [Work] and Honor [Honour], and to the studies which will be included in the following volumes: Rodzina [Family], Zdrowie [Health], Demokracja [Democracy], Sprawiedliwość [Justice], Wolność [Freedom], Dusza [Soul] and Naród [Nation]. The meeting also addressed certain methodological issues, such as the interpretation of open definition.

“The cultural and linguistic worldview of Slavs and their neighbours in a comparative perspective” (EUROJOS)

The research project entitled “The cultural and linguistic worldview of Slavs and their neighbours in a comparative perspective” [Językowo-kulturowy obraz świata Słowian i ich sąsiadów na tle porównawczym, EUROJOS] is conducted under the supervision of Professor Jerzy Bartmiński in the framework of an international study group established in 2008 at the 14th International Congress of Slavists in Ohrid. Following the decision of the Academic Council of the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences of 26 January 2009, the project was affiliated with the Institute.

The theoretical and methodological premises of the EUROJOS project stem from the concept of cognitive ethnolinguistics developed by Professor Jerzy Bartmiński in a number of his works [including Iazykovoĭ obraz mira: Ocherki po ėtnolingvistike, Moskva 2005; Językowe podstawy obrazu świata, Lublin 2006, 5th ed. 2012; Stereotypy mieszkają w języku, Lublin 2007, 2nd ed. 2009; Aspects of Cognitive Ethnolinguistics, London 2009, paperback 2012; Jezik – slika – svet, Beograd 2011; with Prof. Wojciech Chlebda: “Jak badać językowo-kulturowy obraz świata Słowian i ich sąsiadów?”, Etnolingwistyka. Problemy języka i kultury, vol. 20 (2008)].

The EUROJOS project aims to continue and develop comparative studies on the linguistic worldview (językowy obraz świata, JOS) on a national, all-Slavic, and – more broadly – European scale. The project is based on the assumption that human perception of the world largely depends on the perspective defined by the individual’s linguistic and cultural group, and that the reconstruction of the linguistic worldview leads to cognition of man as a perceiving, conceptualising and speaking subject (homo loquens).

The aim of the seminar is to conduct parallel semantic analyses on the basis of the material of Slavic languages (as well as other selected languages) with an intention to make interlinguistic and intercultural comparisons. The focus is on the analysis of the ways of interpreting axiological concepts which play an important part in the modern world (such as FREEDOM, DIGNITY, WORK, HOME). The study material consists of systemic, textual and survey data. The part of research which is focused on developing common methodology is supported by a grant from the National Programme for the Development of Humanities [Narodowy Program Rozwoju Humanistyki, NPRH].

The seminar is open to all those who are interested in the subject and in the study of axiological concepts in various languages.

The managing team of the seminar: dr Iwona Bielińska-Gardziel (eurojos@ispan.waw.pl) and dr Dorota Pazio-Wlazłowska (d.pazio@ispan.waw.pl).

See also detailed information about conferences organised as part of the seminar scheme in 2008–2013.

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