Public talk. Linguistic diversity in a modern city: what should be the approach and why?


From 10 March 2019




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Public talk. Linguistic diversity in a modern city: what should be the approach and why?Public talk. Linguistic diversity in a modern city: what should be the approach and why?


Experts in the fields of anthropology and philology, along with producers of social projects will get together to discuss the phenomenon of linguistic diversity in modern cities and the way languages operate in an urban environment.

The discussion "Linguistic diversity in a modern city: how and why to deal with it?" opens a new series on initiatives instigated by the Museum and dedicated to the interaction with migrant and refugee communities.

Based around the topic of linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the cities, the talk will be delivered as part of the re-launch of the project Neighbors’ Languages School, its main goal being the promotion of different languages and cultures, the shaping of their native speakers’ positive image, supporting and foregrounding the idea of ethnic identity.

Coinciding with the discussion, Garage will run creative workshops for children and teenagers that will add to the conversation about ethnic and cultural diversity. Anyone can have the opportunity to get acquainted with traditional handicraft techniques, such as the Uzbek ikat, Caucasian coinage, and Russian Mardi Gras toys made of bast.


Neighbors’ Languages School is an education project promoting the idea of studying languages historically, culturally and geographically close to Russia. The initiative was originally launched by the MUZEON Park of Arts in 2016 as the social project School of Migrants’ Languages, which taught the languages of the countries of origin of the largest number of migrants to Russia, such as Tajik and Moldovan among others.



Andrian Vlakhov, moderator — anthropologist, researcher at the Faculty of Humanities at NRU HSE.





Gasan Guseynov — Doctor of Philology, professor at NRU HSE, academic tutor of the Master’s Program Cultural and Intellectual History: Between the East and West.




Kseniya Diodorova — artistic director and independent photographer, co-founder of the Gonzo Design studio (social and art-multimedia projects “V Kholode” (Keep Cold), “Dreams in a Hijab”, “Duende”).




Nuria Fatykhova — coordinator of the Democracy program at the Russian branch of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.




Free admission with advance registration