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Panel discussion: Research cooperation in time of war

04.08.2022 09:49 - 22.08.2022 20:51

How does the war in Ukraine affect the vital academic connections between Finno-Ugricists east and west of the Russian border? In connection with CIFU XIII, the 13th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, the Department of Finno-Ugric Studies of the University of Vienna invites interested colleagues to a public discussion on the future of our field of research.

Research cooperation in time of war: How does the war in Ukraine affect the vital academic connections between Finno-Ugricists east and west of the Russian border?

Public panel discussion at the Department of Finno-Ugric Studies (Universitätscampus Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7.2, 1090 Wien), Monday, August 22, 2022, 18:00.

The war in Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia have brought Finno-Ugric studies and many related disciplines to a situation reminiscent of the times of the Cold War. Communication barriers are again severing Western researchers from their Russian colleagues, from institutions and resources in Russia and from many Finno-Ugric minority communities. Research visits and fieldwork have become impossible, sharing data and communicating with individual colleagues can be risky or even forbidden.

In connection with CIFU XIII, the 13th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, the Department of Finno-Ugric Studies of the University of Vienna invites interested colleagues to a public discussion on the future of our field of research. We are searching for, if not answers, then at least ways of discussing questions such as the following: 

  •  In the present situation, how and on what conditions can cooperation with colleagues in Russia be both politically possible and ethically sustainable?
  • Can we develop common standards or good practices for scholarly cooperation?
  • While supporting the sanctions and protests against the decision-makers responsible for the war, how can we minimize the impact of sanctions on research and on the communities which we study?
  • How can we support those colleagues in Russia who condemn the war (or have even publicly protested against it)? Are there any ways of reaching out to the minority communities in Russia?
  • How can we contribute to the public discourse on the current situation – spread information and share our knowledge, promote a better understanding of cultural aspects involved...?
  • In the worst case: if communication between Western and Russia-based researchers is completely blocked, how can Finno-Ugric studies in the West continue functioning?

 Participants of the expert panel:

  • Jeremy Bradley, assistant professor at the University of Vienna, is a linguist with a research focus on Mari, functional linguistics and the development of IT resources for the study and use of Finno-Ugric languages.
  • Sampsa Holopainen, ÖAW research fellow at the University of Vienna, is a linguist specializing in etymology, loanword research and the (pre)history of language contacts. He has a long experience in Finno-Ugric cooperations also as the former president of MAFUN (Association of Finno-Ugric Youth, an international NGO network).
  • Karina Lukin, docent and academy research fellow at the University of Helsinki, is a folklorist with a focus on the spoken and written culture of the Nenets and, more widely, on historical, ideological and identity issues in the research of indigenous minority cultures.
  • Esa-Jussi Salminen is a cultural activist and translator of Finno-Ugric minority literatures, especially Udmurtian. He is the editor-in-chief of Alkukoti, the Finnish cultural magazine for Finno-Ugric issues.
  • Ksenia Shagal, Professor of Finno-Ugric/Uralic studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, is a linguist with a research focus on typology. Originally from St. Petersburg, she has conducted fieldwork with various minority communities in Russia.

We welcome all interested listeners, especially researchers (also from related disciplines) who have plans for or experiences from cooperation with Russian researchers and research institutions.

Organiser:
EVSL Finno-Ugristik
Location:
HS 1 der Finno-Ugristik, Campus Hof 7.2