Awaiting two important centenaries – that of the Latgalian congress in 2017 and that of the foundation of the Latvian state in 2018 –, Rezekne Academy of Technologies in cooperation with the Society of Latgalian Culture is organizing a chain of conferences to honor the most prominent agents of the first Latgalian awakening: Francis Trasuns, Nikodems Rancāns, and Francis Kemps, which will take place in Rezekne from November 30 to December 1.
The annual International Conference on Latgalistics was founded in 2008 in St. Petersburg as a forum for research on Latgalian language, literature, and culture. Subsequent conferences were organized in Rēzekne, Latvia (2009), Greifswald, Germany (2010), Poznan, Poland (2011), Riga, Latvia (2012), Achinsk, Russia (2013), Rēzekne, Latvia (2014), and Vilnius, Lithuania (2015). In 2016, the conference will again take place in Rēzekne and will be dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Francis Kemps.
The conference will include the following topics:
The contributon of social and cultural agents to Latvian nation-building and the formation of the Latvian state in the context of the Latgalian congress of 1917;
Ethnic, territorial, national and other identities and their reflections in the culture and language of border regions;
Interactions of cultures in border regions: influences, typological similarities and differences in folklore, literature, media discourse, or museum work;
IT and museum work, new challenges and solutions for the humanities;
Language contact between Latgalian and other languages of the border region;
Methodological aspects of teaching Latgalian language and local history and geography in schools.
Accompanying events: presentation of a computer game about Latgalian social and cultural agents,; celebration of St. Andrew's day (Andrejdiena) with Latgalian literature and music; meeting of young artists (poets, musicians) from the border region. More details about the cultural program will be announced with the conference program.