Community of Practice in Uralic Studies

COPIUS evolved out of the context of Uralic studies, a discipline covering both European nation-state languages and a broad spectrum of endangered (minority) languages spoken in diverse multilingual communities in various socio-cultural environments. Uralic studies is inherently an international discipline, firmly anchored in the tradition of European humanities. As in other disciplines with low student numbers, its institutions are increasingly threatened by rationalization pressures.

Interinstitutional collaboration on the European level is therefore imperative, as it leads to increased cost-efficiency by way of resource pooling, and creates a central, more robust European framework for our discipline, which simultaneously strengthens the quality of teaching and research by improving intra-discipline communication. This strategic partnership gives new impulses and ideas from each institute the means by which they can be easily and rapidly transferred to the other partners, and aids in modernizing our discipline and creating a holistic, collaborative European framework for it.

The overarching outcome of the project will be the emergence of a sustainable community of practice in the study, teaching and research of Uralic languages and cultures. The Strategic Partnership is funded for three years (01.09.2018-31.08.2021) by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union with a total volume of EUR 248,905.00. For general information about Erasmus+ please contact the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).


Winter Schools

Winter schools are intensive study activities (6 days) hosted by individual universities. We are planning three winter schools – Hamburg 2019, Budapest 2020, Helsinki 2021. We will continue to adhere to the model which we have followed for the first six winter schools: at each winter school, a Uralic language for which the hosting university has experts, but which cannot be offered on a regular basis at other participating institutions, will be taught. Moreover, currently relevant topics will be presented by prominent specialists from different universities with workshops, and students will present their own results, but there will also be a focus on aspects of the practical application of theoretical knowledge (such as translation, knowledge management, intercultural transmission).

The 7th Winter School for Finno-Ugric Studies will take place from February 4th – 9th, 2019 at the University of Hamburg (more information).


Workshops

Summer workshops are centered on one specific topic or language. Hosted by individual universities, they combine the advantages of virtual mobility (during the semester) and classroom teaching (5 days at the end of the semester). We are planning three summer workshops – Turku 2019 (Mari), Tartu 2020 (Fieldwork), Vienna 2021 (Etymology).

The Summer Workshop on Mari will take place from June 10th – 14th, 2019 at the University of Turku.


E-Learning

Building upon the foundation laid by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership ‘Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe’ (2015-1-DE01-KA203-002216), we will create a unique virtual platform with an open structure that can be extended after the completion of the project. Material for the individual modules (Introduction into Uralic studies, Mari, Fieldwork manual & Etymology database) of the platform will be created and edited jointly and on the basis of pooled teaching materials within the community of practice.


Partners

COPIUS consists of nine institutes at European universities where Uralic studies are taught: Budapest, Hamburg, Helsinki, Munich, Szeged, Tartu, Turku, Uppsala, and Vienna. Three associate partners are also involved: (i) the ‘Higher Education in Transition’ research group in Tampere, Finland, specialists in the methodologies of higher education, will monitor the quality of the project; (ii) professor Mats Deutschmann of Örebro University, leader of a successful Virtual Community of Practice, will act as a resource for both technical and pedagogic principles necessary for realizing the virtual learning platform; and (iii) the Finno-Ugrian Society, which as a publisher of high-quality Uralic publications, will function as an impartial guarantor of the quality of the project’s intellectual outputs.


Contact

Project Coordination
Prof. Dr. Rogier Blokland

Uppsala University Department of Modern Languages
Engelska parken
Thunbergsv. 3 L
751 26 Uppsala
Sweden

Project Administration
Dr. phil. Maximilian Murmann (LMU Munich)

Technical Administration
Dr. tech. Dr. phil. Jeremy Bradley (University of Vienna)