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Conference: Latin, National Identity and the Language Question in Central Europe, Innsbruck, 13-15 December 2012‏


In the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century in Central
Europe new language-based national identities came to dominate over
the old legally, territorially, and historically constructed
identities.

While national languages struggled to emancipate themselves and obtain
official status, the roles and functions of Latin (political, social,
communicational, ideological, cultural, and scientific) were changing
dramatically. Latin obtained a different significance for the varying
social, ethnic and generational segments of society, from being the
essential part of an individual identity to representing an obstacle
to "national development" (and survival), from guaranteeing justice
and harmony between different linguistic communities of a country to
hindering change, social and political justice.

The conference aims to explore the different attitudes towards Latin
and Latin's different functions, their chronology and synchronicity,
their manifestations in literary, political and journalistic texts and
the causes of their shifts. This includes such phenomena as the
Enlightenment, educational reforms, social change, the growth of
national identities and their mutual influence, political goals, the
development of vernacular scholarship etc.

The focus lies on Central Europe with historical Hungary (including
Slovakia and Croatia), Transylvania and the Polish-Lithuanian
Commonwealth at its centre, but contributions illustrating comparable
phenomena in other territories, or the origins of these phenomena in
earlier times are also welcome.

Paper proposals (title and abstract of 150-200 words) should be sent
to language.conference@neolatin.lbg.ac.at no later than 30 April 2012.
Contributions should preferably be in English and not exceed 30 minutes.

Travel and accommodation grants are available within the limits of the
conference budget.

Lav Subaric
Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Neulateinische Studien
Language.Conference@neolatin.lbg.ac.at
Homepage <http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/>