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Roundtable discussion: Projects in Finno-Ugric Studies

Many of the greatest achievements in traditional Finno-Ugric studies were results of individual work – one researcher working on his/her personal and individually chosen themes –, and this work was often conducted in a “national” research institution and as part of the Nationalwissenschaften in Hungary, Finland, Estonia or the Finno-Ugric republics of Russia (or the Soviet Union). In recent years, however, quite a few research projects have been launched in the field of Finno-Ugric studies, some of them international and making use of transnational funding opportunities, European cooperation frameworks etc. New challenges of globalisation, language endangerment and economic pressures in many research institutions of the humanities highlight the importance of teamwork and international cooperation, and also the importance of short-term projects in contrast to the traditional "life-time work view".

As a reaction to these challenges, the people in charge of some recently launched research projects in the field of Finno-Ugric/Uralic studies have decided to use the 11th International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies (CIFU) in Piliscsaba (August 9-14, 2010) as a forum for presenting new, on-going or recently finished projects in our field. On this occasion, Finno-Ugrists could distribute information about their projects, exchange experiences and discuss possible synergies.

Leaders and representatives of research projects within or including Finno-Ugric studies are cordially invited to participate in a roundtable discussion which will be part of the programme of the CIFU (for further details, please consult the CIFU-11 homepage at http://fu11.btk.ppke.hu/). Every project is requested to prepare a 5-10-minute presentation of itself; in addition, posters and/or flyers can be distributed. Alongside project presentations, there will be some time reserved for a general discussion (questions and proposals for themes are welcome).

Note that the discussion is part of CIFU-11 and participants are expected to be registered as CIFU participants as well. (If you are not registered yet, please contact the organisers of CIFU-11 at fu11@btk.ppke.hu.)

As of June 2010, the following projects have expressed their interest in participating in the discussion:


Further projects are still welcome. For further information, please feel free to contact Johanna Laakso (johanna.laakso@univie.ac.at).

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