IAS Invited Lecture Series in (Non-) standard in language – politics – culture

Organizers: prof. Natalia Długosz and prof. Wojciech Jóźwiak.

Series description: All lectures deal with the problem of the category of standard vs. nonstandard. In the lecture of PD. Dr Tomasz Kamusella is shown a politicized use of language for statehood building as standard in Central Europe and nonstandard in the global perspective. In the lecture by prof. Marc Greenberg will deal with the issue of the Montenegrin standardization project and showing the relationship to other post-Yugoslav standardization projects (particularly with regard to the Croatian language). Prof. Luchia Antonova, on the other hand, looks for common standard elements in regional, and therefore non-standard, variants of the Bulgarian language. Finally, linguistic issues and issues of linguistic politics are referred to the representations of non-standard, minority groups in contemporary Bulgarian cinematography (in the lecture by prof. Alexander Donev). 



Central Europe as an Exception to the Norms of the Global Language Politics

07.11.2022, Monday, at 11:30 am (Polish time)

PD. dr Tomasz Kamusella is a Reader in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

He specializes in the interdisciplinary study of language politics and nationalism in modern Central Europe. His recent English-language publications include the monographs Politics and the Slavic Languages (2021), Eurasian Empires as Blueprints for Ethiopia: From Ethnolinguistic Nation-State to Multiethnic Federation (2021), Ethnic Cleansing During the Cold War: The Forgotten 1989 Expulsion of Turks from Communist Bulgaria (2018), and The Un-Polish Poland, 1989 and the Illusion of Regained Historical Continuity (2017). He also initiated and cooedited the following volumes, The Social and Political History of Southern Africa’s Languages (2018), The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders (2016), and Creating Nationality in Central Europe, 1880-1950: Modernity, Violence and (Be) Longing in Upper Silesia (2016). In late 2021 CEU Press released his Words in Space and Time: A Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe as a paper book and an Open Access e-publication.

The role of linguistic geography in clarifying the question about the common linguistic features of the different regional (non) standard variants of a language 

21.11.2022, Monday, at 03:00 pm (Polish time)

Prof. Luchia Antonova, PhD – Director of Institute for Bulgarian Language at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.

Luchia Antonova has been dealing with the issues of Bulgarian dialectology since 1980. She defended her phd degree on “The Dialect of the Village of Volak, Drama Region (with Special Reference to its Morphonological System)” Sofia 1986. She is the author of the books “The dialect System of the Village of Shishtevets (Gora region, area of Kukas) – a Speech on the Border of Bulgarian Grammar” Sofia. 2016; ‘’The dialect of the Bulgarians in Rahovets, Prizren Region”. Sofia. 2021. She is the author of maps in the volumes of the „Bulgarian Dialect Atlas. Generalising Volume“. Part I – III. Phonetics. Accentology. Lexicology. Sofia. 2001; Part IV. Morphplogy.Sofia. 2016, as well as a number of other publications in the field of dialectology and linguogeography. She participates in the staff of the “European Linguistic Atlas” (Atlas Linguarum Europae) and in the publication „Handbook of the Changing World Language Map“, Vol. 1, Spinger Nature Swtzerland AG 2020.

What is at stake with a Montenegrin standard language?

12.12.2022, Monday, at 6:00 pm (Polish time)

Prof. Marc Greenberg, PhD – Institute for Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Marc L. Greenberg earned a PhD in Slavic linguistics from UCLA in 1990 and has been employed since then at the University of Kansas, where he focuses on sociolinguistics, dialectology, and historical linguistics in both his teaching and research. Highlights of publications include A Historical Phonology of Slovene (2000) and an annotated translation from Hungarian of Avgust Pavel’s Prekmurje Slovene Grammar (2020). He co-founded and served as an editor of journals Slovenski jezik / Slovene Linguistic Studies and Slavia Centralis. He is editor-in-chief of the Brill Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics (EDP 2023). He serves on the editorial board of linguistics journals in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. In 2017 he was elected Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2019 was named Ambasador znanosti Republike Slovenije (Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia).

From “The Goat's Horn” to “Humble”: minority issues in contemporary Bulgarian cinema

31.01.2023, Tuesday, at 6:45 pm (Polish time)

Prof. Alexander Donev, PhD – Institute for Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Guest Lecturer in Department for Screenwriting, Film and TV Critical Studies, Faculty of Screen Arts, National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov” – Sofia, Bulgaria;

Main research: Theatre and film art (Film history and theory of film, history and present of Bulgarian film, film sociology, history and theory of film industry, audience studies, studies of independent, amateur and alternative film, film politics and film funding; Culturology, sociology, art history and modern art, semiotics, history of bulgarian theater, archival science)

Scientific awards and membership in scientific societies: Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers, European Film Academy, Union of Bulgarian Journalists.

Monographs: Картографиране на филмовата неопитоменост, София. Институт за изследване на изкуствата БАН, 2021; Независимите в киното: от Едисон до „Нетфликс“, София. ФънТези, 2019; Помощ от публиката: българските игрални филми от началото на XXI век и техните зрители в кината, София. ФънТези, 2018.

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