Language diversity promotion in Central Europe

Events / Tue 22 Nov 2022 11:00

Languages determine the identity of each individual, but they are also part of our common heritage. They connect us with other peoples and cultures and contribute to mutual understanding and a common sense of European identity. Effective multilingual policies and initiatives open up more opportunities for citizens. Language skills increase theirs employability, facilitate access to services and rights, and stronger intercultural dialogue and social cohesion strengthen a sense of solidarity.

Coppieters Foundation and the Free State of Rijeka Association organize a conference on the protection of linguistic diversity in the cities of Central Europe. At the conference, the experiences and the different practices of several multicultural backgrounds all belonging to Central Europe as historically multilingual environment will be shared.

A special part of the conference is dedicated to the protection of indigenous languages spoken in that area (Istro-Venetian, Fiuman, Istro-Romanian, Chakavian) and which are part of the region’s intangible cultural and historical heritage. Speakers will focus on the current state of protection of these languages and the need for greater institutional protection in the direction of their preservation as a protected cultural intangible heritage.


22 November 2022

11:00 - 11:30
Opening remarks
11:30 - 14:00
First part of the conference
  • Gianna Mazzieri Sanković, Identity and diversity in the pages in fiuman dialect
  • Eszter Tamaško, Croatian and Hungarian as Minority Languages in the Educational System of Hungary and Croatia
  • Angela Ilić, Language Diversity and Multilingualism in Rijeka’s Past and Present
  • Isabella Matticchio, On Romance varieties in Istria and Fiume: protecting a linguistic mosaic
  • Katarina Celiković, Protection of the Croatian language and the Ikavian dialect in Serbia as an intangible cultural asset
  • Giovanni Stelli, The contribution of the Fiumani Studies Society for the study and preservation of the fiuman dialect
  • Cristian Kolman, School system of South Tyrol and importance of the tuition in the minority’s mothertongue
  • Maurizio Tremul, The protection of the Italian National Community in Croatia and Slovenia between problems and opportunities
15:30 - 19:00
Second part of the conference
  • Sanja Zubčić, Rijeka’s Chakavian dialect: from (co)existence to disappearance
  • Zvjezdana Vrzić, The current state of the protection of the Vlaški/Žejan (Istro-Romanian) language
  • Petra Žagar Šoštarić, …and Germans among us, or about the German community in Rijeka
  • Diana Stolac, Historical and cultural imprints of Rijeka’s linguistic landscape
  • Roman Roblek, Let’s act against the decline of linguistic rights
  • Marko Medved, The Catholic Church and language in the past and present, with special reference to the church history of Rijeka
  • Ivan Jeličić, The multilingualism of Fiume/ Rijeka labour movement at the beginning of the 20th century
  • Ana Alebić Juretić, International languages in Rijeka

You can download the brochure of the event in English, Italian and Croatian here.


When: Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 11:00

Where: Council Chamber of the City of Rijeka, Croatia.

You can join the event online through the following link:


Interpretation will be provided in English, Croatian and Italian.


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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the event nor the opinions of the speakers.

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This is a joint event of Coppieters Foundation and Free State of Rijeka Association.

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