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Multilingualism | 1st Conference on Frisian Humanities

The Fryske Akademy organizes the first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, on 23 to 26 April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan taal (Land of language) of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.

On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 April, the focus of the conference will be on multilingualism. The purpose is to bring together practitioners, policy-makers and researchers of multilingualism. This part is organised jointly by the Mercator Research Centre and AFUK (Frisian language promotion).


Invited speakers

Jim Cummins
University of Toronto
John EdwardsSt Francis Xavier University
Jasone CenozUniversity of the Basque Country
Yaron Matras
University of Manchester
Durk Gorter
University of the Basque Country
Itesh Sachdev
SOAS University of London
Daniel CunliffeUniversity of South Wales

 A draft version of the conference programme will soon be available.

Call for papers

The Call for Papers deadline expired January 8. Those that sent in an abstract, will be notified of the committee’s decision on January 22nd 2018. The main working language of the symposium will be English. Some sessions might also take place in Frisian and Dutch.  

Download the call (Frisian version) (English version)



The registration for the congress is open now:

Students can register for 50% of the fees. The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments during coffee and tea breaks.

Conference visitors can book hotels in Leeuwarden at a reduced rate and can receive a 15% discount on a KLM flight ticket via the registration page.





1 day

€ 80,00

€ 40,00

2 days

€ 80,00

€ 40,00

3 days

€ 160,00

€ 80,00

4 days


€ 160,00

€ 80,00


Important dates

    • 8 January 2018: Extended deadline for submission abstracts
    • 22 January 2018: Notification of acceptance
    • 23 to 26 April 2018: Conference on Frisian Humanities


      Conference committee

      • drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on multilingualism)
      • dr. Eric Hoekstra (literature)
      • dr. Han Nijdam (medieval Frisia)
      • dr. Hans Van de Velde (language and linguistics)