CfP: Rusyns and Their Language in Slovakia, Ukraine and other Central European Countries

Rusyns and Their Language in Slovakia, Ukraine and other Central European Countries

The Rusyns represents ethnic minorities, living in contemporary Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland,

Rumania, Hungary and Serbia, and descendants of those emigrated from these countries in the late

19 c. reside in Australia, Canada, and The United States. The center of the best reputation for

researches in Rusyn culture and history has formed around Prof. Paul Robert Magocsi, chair of

Dept. Ukrainian Studies at Toronto University, and lately enriched by activities of the new

generation of scholars as P. Krafcik. There are three universities in Europe with departments for

Rusyn studies, in Preshov (Slovakia), Níregyháza (Hungary) and Novi Sad (Serbia).

Rusyns are officially recognized as ethnic minorities in almost every European countries they live

in, except for Ukraine. Though inhabitants in Western Ukraine, who identify themselves Rusyn,

represent the largest part of The Rusyn worldwide, according to the Ukrainian laws, there no such

ethnic minority exists. – The situation in neighboring Slovakia has become quite different since the

collapse of the socialism. For the last two decades, Rusyns in Slovakia have elaborated their

codified literary language (since it has been missing for centuries, thus Rusyn authors has written in

Latin, Church Slavonic, then Russian, a few of them in Ukrainian, and the most in various

vernaculars), they established a Department of Rusyn Studies (while in Hungary the Rusyn and

Ukrainian Dept., founded by the pioneer scholar Istvan Udvari, has significantly reduced soon after

the tragic death of the “founding father”), and, last but not least, a PhD program in Rusyn studies

has been accredited at Preshov University (chaired by Prof. Anna Plishková), being the unique as

such in the world.

Different circumstances in different countries are to be described in the paper, in comparative

approach, focusing on cultural history and linguistic questions.


Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (to be more particular: Thu, November 19, 1:00 to 2:45 pm,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Conference Suite 1)

More Info: on the 47th Annual ASEEES Convention, in Panel: Dialects and Minority Languages of Eastern

Europe: At Home and Abroad

Event Date: Nov 19, 2015

Organization: Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) – former (before 2010)

“The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)”

Conference End Date: Nov 22, 2015

Conference Start Date: Nov 19, 2015

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