Lingua / Events / 2019

May 18.

The Livonian Institute participates in Museum Night.

The museums of the University of Latvia as well as the UL Livonian Institute welcomed visitors on Museum Night. At the Institute, visitors had a chance to learn about Livonian history and culture and find answers to questions about the Livonian flag. Those who were most successful at finding the answers to these questions were rewarded with real Livonian money. More than 300 people visited the Institute on Museum Night.

May 17.

The Livonian Institute participates in the UL New Technologies and Innovations Day.

The University of Latvia’s New Technologies and Innovations Day took place on May 17. The Livonian Institute participated in the “Knowledge agora” (Zināšanu agora) at the Research Ideas Marketplace. Valts Ernštreits talked about the use of technologies designed by the Livonian Institute for the study and development of so-called smaller languages.

May 16.

Visiting the Livonian Coast with Estonian colleagues.

On May 16, Valts Ernštreits brought colleagues from Estonia’s Kihnu Institute and Seto Institute to the Livonian Coast, in order to acquaint them with the Livonian cultural space.

The Livonian Institute, Kihnu Institute, and Seto Institute meet in Ventspils. From the left: Valts Ernštreits, Mare Mätas, Ahto Raudoja.

May 11.

The family festival “Forest Tales in Kangari” (Meža stāsti Kangaros).

The family festival “Forest Tales in Kangari” (Meža stāsti Kangaros) took place on May 11 in the Ropaži municipality nature preserve “Lielie Kangari”. UL Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits spoke about the Livonian linguistic heritage of Ropaži municipality at the festival.

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May 3.

University of Tartu students visit the Livonian Institute.

Students studying Livonian at the University of Tartu visited the Livonian Institute. The students got to know the Livonian Institute and then went on a walk to see the Livonian monuments and places of note in the centre of Rīga.

April 24.

A visit to the Livonian Coast with journalists.

Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits participated in a trip with representatives of the media to the Livonian Coast, serving as a guide and telling all those in attendance about the Livonian Coast and Livonian cultural heritage.

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Photo: Juris Smaļinskis

April 17.

“Language Day” at Edgars Kauliņš High School in Lielvārde.

“Language Day” took place on 17 April 2019 at Edgars Kauliņš High School in Lielvārde. Participants included Grade 5-8 and Grade 10-11 students. The UL Livonian Institute researchers gave an informative presentation and organised a contest for the students at the school.

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April 10.

The seminar “Why do the Livonians have their own institute?” presented as part of the UL Literature, Art, and Folklore Institute seminar series “The Poetry of Research” (Pētījuma poētika)

Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits presented the seminar “Why do the Livonians have their own institute?” (Kāpēc lībiešiem savs institūts?) at the UL Literature, Art, and Folklore Institute on 10 April 2019. He discussed the reasons the Livonian Institute was established, its work and plans for the future as well as the role of Livonian research in the advancement of scientific work in Latvia.

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April 9.

The Cibla folklore group “Ilža” releases a CD with songs in the Lutsi language.

The Cibla folklore group “Ilža” released a new CD with songs in the Lutsi (also called the Ludza Estonian) language. The text about the Lutsis included with the CD was written by UL Livonian Institute researcher Uldis Balodis.

March 23.

The waking of the birds flash mob takes place for a second year in a row.

On March 23, the waking of the birds flash mob – Waking of the Birds Day (Lielā putnu modināšanas diena) – was organised by the Livonian Culture Centre for already the second year in a row.

Click here to read more on the waking of the birds and click here for photos of the waking of the birds in Kūolka (Kolka).

The waking of the birds in Kūolka on March 23. Photo: Baiba Šuvcāne

March 20.

The students of the UL Baltic Sea Region Studies Master’s degree programme visit the Livonian Institute.

The students of the UL Baltic Sea Region Studies Master’s degree programme visited the Livonian Institute on 20 March 2019 and listened to Institute director Valts Ernštreits give a lecture on Livonian history, culture, and language.

March 15.

A professional development conference in Kuldīga for teachers of history, Latvian language and literature from Latvian state educational institutions.

On 15 March 2019 at the Kuldīga Technology and Tourism Technical School, Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits spoke about Livonian history, language, and culture at a professional development conference for teachers of history, Latvian language and literature from Latvian state educational institutions.

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March 8.

An exhibit of the art of Baiba Damberga at the Livonian Institute.

On 8 March 2019, an exhibit of the art of Baiba Damberga entitled “me and other me’s” (es un citi es) was unveiled at the Livonian Institute. The exhibit can be viewed at the Institute’s offices, which are located at Kronvalda bulvāris 4-220.

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Baiba Damberga “Mirklis” (Moment) I – IV, etching, 2010.

March 8.

The Livonian Institute commemorates the 110th anniversary of Pētõr Damberg’s birth.

On 8 March 2019, a commemoration – “We have our course” (Mums ir savs gājums) – of the 110th anniversary of the birth of the excellent Livonian culture worker, language teacher, poet, and language consultant Pētõr Damberg (Pēteris Dambergs). Those who had known Damberg in life shared their memories of him and an exhibit of artist Baiba Damberga’s work was unveiled. This work included a portrait of Pētõr Damberg and its permanent home will now be the Livonian Institute. Poetry written by Damberg, which included works in both Livonian and Latvian, as well as works written by others in tribute to Damberg were also read. Songs using Pētõr Damberg’s lyrics were performed by the Salaspils mixed choir “Lōja” led by its director Ģirts Gailītis.

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March 7–8.

A seminar in Ventspils and Kūolka on future steps for UNESCO recognition of the Livonian cultural space

A seminar took place on March 7th in Ventspils and March 9th in Kūolka (Kolka), on the inclusion of the Livonian cultural space into the Latvian National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the further steps towards its inclusion in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. UL Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits gave a presentation on the journey of the “Livonian Cultural Space” (Lībiešu kultūrtelpa) application from its inception to its acceptance as well as future plans.

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March 7.

The opening conference of the state research programme “Latvian language”.

The opening conference of the Latvian state research programme “Latvian language” (Latviešu valoda) took place on 7 March 2019 in the Small Hall of the University of Latvia. The UL Livonian Institute participated in this conference and spoke about its sub-project “Livonian language” (Lībiešu valoda) and associated plans and events. The programme director is Prof. Ina Druviete.

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March 4.

A celebration at the University of Tartu for the release of the special issue of the journal ESUKA/JEFUL devoted to the Livonians.

The celebration for the release at the end of 2018 of the special issue of the international Estonian and Finno-Ugrian linguistics journal ESUKA/JEFUL devoted to the Livonians occurred on March 4 at the University of Tartu on the birthday of University of Tartu professor emeritus and esteemed Livonian language researcher Tiit-Rein Viitso. This issue is dedicated to Prof. Viitso in honour of his birthday.

This journal issue was published with the support of the University of Latvia and contains articles authored by the researchers of the Livonian Institute.

February 28.

Students at Rūjiena High School learn about the Livonians and the Livonian language.

On 28 February 2019, Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits gave an informational presentation about Livonian language, culture, and history to students at Rūjiena High School (grades 8, 10, 11).

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February 27.

 “The Livonians today and tomorrow” – a seminar presented by the Fenno-Ugria Association in Tallinn.

On 27 February 2019 at the Institute of the Estonian Language in Tallinn, the Fenno-Ugria Association organised a seminar about new developments relating to the Livonian language and the UL Livonian Institute. Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits spoke during the seminar.

February 26.

International Mother Language Day at the Ādaži Waldorf School.

On 26 February 2019, the Ādaži Waldorf School commemorated International Mother Language Day with a focus on Livonian language and culture. At the event, researchers from the UL Livonian Institute told the participants – students from the Ādaži Waldorf School, Brocēni High School, Zvejniekciems High School, Saulkrasti High School, and the Rīga State German Grammar School – about Livonian language and culture, while also organising several competitions and helping to select winners.

Photographs from the event. Photo: U. Krūmiņa.

February 14.

The University of Latvia 77th International Scientific Conference “Grammar and language standardisation”.

On 14 February 2019, the general linguistics conference “Grammar and language standardisation” (Gramatika un valodas normēšana) organised by the Department of Latvian and Baltic Studies took place at the University of Latvia Faculty of Humanities. UL Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits gave an address at the conference entitled “The use of information technology for the dynamic standardisation of Livonian during the grammar-writing process” (Informācijas tehnoloģiju izmantošana lībiešu valodas dinamiskai normēšanai gramatikas tapšanas procesā). The conference was organised as part of the Latvian state research programme “Latvian language”.

February.

A special issue of the journal ESUKA/JEFUL entitled “Livonian studies III” is published.

February saw the publication of the third special issue published by the Estonian and Finno-Ugrian linguistics journal ESUKA/JEFUL devoted specifically to Livonian topics. Its editors were University of Latvia Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits and University of Tartu professor Karl Pajusalu. This journal issue was published thanks to the financial support of the University of Latvia and contains 12 articles in English with summaries in Estonian and Livonian. It is included in the Scopus, DOAJ, and other databases. Researchers from Latvia published in this issue include Uldis Balodis, Renāte Blumberga, Ina Druviete, Valts Ernštreits, Gunta Kļava, and Baiba Šuvcāne.

The journal can be accessed for free here.

 

January 7–8.

The International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages 2019 at the University of Tartu.

On 7–8 January 2019, the Fifth International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages (IWCLUL) 2019 took place at the University of Tartu. In his presentation “Electronical Resources for Livonian”, UL Livonian Institute director Valts Ernštreits talked about the resources that exist for Livonian in this domain.

The conference materials are available here.

 

January 8.

UNESCO declares 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

On 8 January 2019, the UNESCO Latvian National Commission announced the United Nations decision to declare 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL). UNESCO in Latvia invites everyone to participate in commemorating this year by organising events and activities relating to Livonian and the indigenous languages of other nations. The IYIL was officially opened at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 28 January 2019.

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