ViNoRHM Project Workshop and Reception | 4 October 2023

The ViNoRHM Project project combines micro-level case studies of language ideology, policy, and practice, using primary texts from official records and hitherto understudied archival data through which previously invisible or invisibilized languages and individuals (especially women and the un-/lesser educated) are brought to the forefront in an innovative account of language history of the German-Danish border region in the 19th century.

The ViNoRHM Project opening Workshop is a one-day event from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 4, 2023. The workshop will take place in the Blue Room of the Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig. This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the ViNoRHM Project and related topics. There will be a panel on linguistically relevant topics as well as a panel on regionally specific topics. The workshop will be rounded out by a synthesis discussion by an expert panel. 

In the evening, there will be an opening reception, at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Kompagnietor, beginning at 7:00 pm. The reception will include a brief talk by Prof. Dr. Gijsbert Rutten (Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University) and plenty of networking opportunities over champagne and snacks. 

Both the workshop and the reception will take place in English and German, with presentations in the language of choosing of the presenters. 

There is no registration fee, but we ask all participants (presenters AND listeners) to complete the following brief registration form by September 30, 2023. Update: Registration is now closed.

ViNoRHM Opening Workshop

Location: Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig, Blue Room (Blauer Saal); Norderstraße 59, 24939 Flensburg

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome & Introductions
09:15 – 10:00

Visibilizing Normative Regional Historical Multilingualism

Project Presentation

Samantha M. Litty (EUF)

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1: Ideology, Policy, Practice / Sprachideologie, Sprachpolitik, und Sprachgebrauch (English)

From Canada to Nordfriesland: A cross-Atlantic perspective on intergenerational minority language transmission

Ruth Kircher (European Centre for Minority Issues)


Collaborative Writing in Historical Patient Letters

Markus Schiegg (Leipzig / Erlangen)  

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30 Panel 2: Regionale Sprachen im 19. Jahrhundert / Regional Languages in the 19th Century (German)

Das Nordfriesische – North Frisian

Temmo Bosse (EUF)


Das Niederdeutsche – Low German

Robert Langhanke (EUF)

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:45

Expert Panel: Synthesis Discussion

Joshua Bousquette (University of Georgia), Karoline Kühl (EUF), Joseph C. Salmons (University of Wisconsin  – Madison)

15:45 Closing Remarks

Evening Reception / Empfang

Location: European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Kompagnietor – Schiffbrücke 12, 24939 Flensburg


Welcome & Introductions

Dr. Samantha M. Litty – ViNoRHM Project Leader

19:10 Welcome Addresses / Grußworte
  Prof. Dr. Nils Langer,  Institut für Friesisch und Minderheitenforschung, Europa-Universität Flensburg
  Dr. Christoph G. Schmidt , Direktor des Nordfriisk Instituuts
19:20 Short Presentation / Kurzvortrag (English)
  Prof. Dr. Gijsbert Rutten, Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden
  Prof. Dr. Mark Richard Lauersdorf, Linguistics, University of Kentucky

Networking & Nibbles

Following a toast to the opening of the project, there will be finger foods and ample time for networking.

The ViNoRHM Projekt, the opening workshop, and  reception are funded and supported by the following: 

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Europa-Universität Flensburg, Fakultät II, Institut für Frisistik und Minderheitenforschung

Europa-Universität Flensburg, Interdisciplanary Centre for European Studies   (ICES)

Europa-Universität Flensburg, Zentrum für Kleine und Regionale Sprachen (KURS)

Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig (DCB)

Nordfriisk Instituut (NFI)

European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)