Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Habsburg Central Europe

We plan to investigate the diachronic and synchronic dimensions of multilingualism in Habsburg Central Europe and its links to the everyday experience, perceptions and cultural expressions of multilingualism among diasporic communities from Central Europe now living in Scandinavia.

About the Group

In Habsburg Central Europe, a multilingual and multicultural society has been a lived historical reality for centuries.

Over the past few decades, Scandinavia has acquired large groups of migrants from this region, many of whom study as “heritage speakers” at Scandinavian universities. The experience of living in a multilingual society also has left a profound trace in the work of writers both in Habsburg Central Europe and Scandinavia.

We plan to investigate the diachronic and synchronic dimensions of multilingualism in Habsburg Central Europe and its links to the everyday experience, perceptions and cultural expressions of multilingualism among diasporic communities from the region now living in Scandinavia.

We will focus on, but not limit ourselves to:

  • Diachronic developments in Habsburg Central Europe: multilingual practices in the Habsburg Empire and in the multi/bi-lingual regions of its successor states Austria, Hungary, (Northern) Italy, Czechoslovakia, (Southern) Poland, (Western) Ukraine, (Western) Romania, Yugoslavia  
  • Synchronic developments in Central Europe: lived practices of multilingualism, current legislation, legislation, language rights and minority rights in Central Europe and Italy
  • Multilingual literature: bilingual writing and representations of multilingualism in the work of writers from Central Europe/Italy OR migrant writers from Central Europe/Italy residing in Scandinavia
  • Bilingualism among first- and second-generation migrants from Central Europe and Italy in Norway
  • Discourses of multilingualism and multiculturalism in Central Europe, Italy, and Scandinavia
  • Teaching heritage speakers: contemporary didactic approaches  

We are a group of linguists and literary scholars with expertise in Central Europe and the Balkans, Slavic and Italian philology, bilingualism, discourse analysis, migrant and bilingual writing, and who teach BCS, Polish, Czech, and Italian.

We aim to build a platform that will raise the profile of our research at UiO and beyond, to support funding applications, to build international collaborations and attract external researchers, and to develop teaching solutions that will tackle current problems of dropout in our study programs.

  • We are open to support applications for European or national funding
  • Visits to and from similar research Groups
  • We are open to join project applications with Nordic partners (NOS-HS) as well as EC-applications  

 

Tags: Multilingualism, Central Europe, Italy, Bilingualism, Multilingual Literature
Published Oct. 13, 2017 10:56 AM - Last modified Oct. 16, 2017 8:43 AM