Multilingualism and diversity as a resource in the cultural field
The project Multilingualism and diversity as a resource in the cultural field – employment and integration through literature in the Nordic Countries works in the area of multilingual literature. The project will support the inclusion of non-dominant language literature in the Nordic literary field from the point of view of both authors and readers.
The project focuses on the language rights of the authors and readers, and intercultural dialogue through literature. It connects and makes visible organizations, projects and practices from different Nordic countries and supports their interaction. The concrete aims of the project during the first year include the construction of a multilingual database of literature specialists and a survey of the literary field in Arabic in the Nordic countries. Issues related to this project will be presented on the blog of the project, Multilingua-lit (www.multilingualit.wordpress.com).
The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and it forms part or a three-year-long project "An Open and Innovative Nordic Region with Healthy People 2020 – Equal Opportunities for Welfare, Culture, Education and Work".
The steering group of the project will include representatives of the Nordic institutions and non-dominant language writers.
The project is based on previous collaboration between Culture for All -service, several organizations of the Nordic literary field and projects where language diversity or freedom of expression are especially present. In 2015-2016 Culture for All collected information about the position of non-dominant language authors in Nordic institutions. This information was published in March 17th in the report Wandering Words. Comparisons of the position of writers who write in non-dominant languages in Nordic support structures of literature. In March 2016 Culture for All Service organized a Nordic seminar Literature Without Borders in Helsinki. It gathered writers and specialists of literature from different Nordic countries to reflect on the situation of non-dominant language authors. The seminar was organised together with The Finnish Critics’ Association, The Finnish Reading Centre, Finnish PEN, The International Cultural Centre Caisa, The Nordic Culture Point and Sivuvalo Project.
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