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News  (January 2016)

The Foundation for Siberian Cultures has released several further publications on Itelmen language and culture. One, a text collection in Itelmen, Russian, and English contains remembrances of the past as well as tales and songs. These were recorded by Erich Kasten in the late 1990s during encounters with last speakers of that language. As a supplement to the book, a DVD was also produced. In addition, a new edition of the "Methodical Recommendations for Teaching Itelmen," first published in 1999, has been launched. Another DVD, based on film documentaries of the Itelmen fall festival "Alkhalalalai" from 2001, was released. These works supplement earlier publications on Itelmen language and culture that have been presented in combined format on the web. » more

The research project "Math in Cultural Context," funded by the National Science Foundation (USA) from 2012-2015, concluded with a workshop at the Foundation for Siberian Cultures. Recordings and results from this project are presented in the latest show on the web.

In October 2015, during a lecture tour in Japan, Erich Kasten reported on the research and publication activities of the Foundation for Siberian Cultures. At the "30th International Abashiri Symposium: Study of Northern Peoples for 30 Years – Progress, Challenges and Roles of Museums" at the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, Erich Kasten delivered the opening keynote speech. At the Hokkaido University in Sapporo, he provided details about the current program of the Foundation for Siberian Cultures on sustaining endangered languages in the Russian Far East. Conferring with colleagues from both institutions, plans were made for furter collaborations.

During a conference on "The History and Current State of Literature in the Indigenous Languages" at the Russian National Library in Saint Petersburg, November 14, 2015, Tjeerd de Graaf introduced on behalf of the Foundation for Siberian Cultures its publishing program to document indigenous languages and cultures.  » more

On December 3 and 4, 2015, Erich Kasten participated in a workshop at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) on "Oral History meets Linguistics." The contributions will be published by the Foundation for Siberian Cultures as a volume edited by Erich Kasten, Katja Roller, and Joshua Wilbur.

Archive of earlier activities  » more