8 August 2022

Reclaiming Knowledge Indigenous and Minority Languages in Communities, Education, Sciences, and the Arts

Summer School | August 8-12, 2022 | UNC Chapel Hill, NC

This COLING summer school will be centered on knowledge and the full cultural
meaning of science. Over five sessions, it will focus on the interrelated themes of
nurturing language, sharing innovative methods for education, alternative
epistemologies, and the linkages between the sciences and the arts. Its central
thread of reclaiming knowledge will also deal with histories of displacement, trauma,
and community responses. It will emphasize the results of the COLING project over
its five-year development to present methodologies of collaboration and coinvestigation,
recognition of traditional knowledge, and research and ethics. Specific
topics will include the collaborative research in progress among Indigenous
communities in the Americas and minority communities in Europe.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Americas Research Network (ARENET), the
Institute for the Study of the Americas of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the
University of Warsaw´s Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity at the Faculty of
Artes Liberales, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Smithsonian
Institution. It is part of the UNESCO 2022 – International Decade of Indigenous Languages
featured activities.
This summer school, “Reclaiming Knowledge – Indigenous and Minority Languages in
Communities, Education, Sciences, and the Arts,” is a planned event for the project COLING:
“Minority Languages, Major Opportunities. Collaborative Research, Community Engagement
and Innovative Educational Tools,” funded by Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE program (778384).
COLING is an international, multi-institutional project that creates spaces for academics,
experts, language and speech community members, and activists from various communities in
the world to meet, discuss, and share their work and knowledge on language revitalization
programs in varied contexts and through different disciplinary perspectives.