Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIFU XIII has been postponed to August 2021. In August 2020, a digital pre-congress was organized by Johanna Laakso and Jeremy Bradley, with technical administration by Tímea Pap. The abstracts to the presentations can be found via the links below; we will add links to additional material as soon as possible.



Monday, August 17

10:00 (CET) Opening

10:30 – 11:30 Plenary talk: Helena Ruotsala: An invisible border becomes visible again – how Covid-19 split the Tornio Valley in two. The case of the twin city of Tornio-Haparanda (Abstract)

11:30–13:00 Lunch break

General session:

  • 13:00–13:30 Gleb Sumarokov: Points of intersection of Finnish and Slavic fantasy of second half of XX - early XXI centuries (Abstract)
  • 13:30–14:00 Riku Erkkilä: The construal of the landmark as the basis of a grammatical distinction (Abstract)
  • 14:00–14:30 Elena Vedernikova: Language choice among rural Mari families and their motives (Abstract; presentation)
  • 14:30–15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:00–15:30 Viktor Martinović: Gothic-Hungarian lexical contacts (Abstract; presentation; link to the author's github repository)
  • 15:30–16:00 Sampsa Holopainen: Notes on the reflexes of Proto-Uralic sibilants in Hungarian (Abstract; presentation)
  • 16:00–16:30 Yuliya Normanskaya: Platform LingvoDoc for collection and analysis of field and archive language materials (Abstract)


Tuesday, August 18

Symposium E2: The interdisciplinary past of the Uralic linguistic area 

9:45–10:00Symposium opening (Outi Vesakoski)
10:00–10:30Outi Vesakoski & Michael DunnThe role of historical linguistics in the interdisciplinary study of the human past (Abstract)
10:30–11:00Kendra WillsonUralic languages attested in runic inscriptions? (Abstract)
11:00–11:30Jaakko RaunamaaThe Spread of Pre-Christian Finnic Personal Names in the Medieval Baltic Sea Area (Abstract)
11:30–12:00Elina Salmela (presented by Päivi Onkamo)Genetic studies of the Uralic-speaking populations: tools, results, and interpretations (Abstract)
12:00–13:00Lunch break
13:00–13:30Kerttu Majander, Kerkko Nordqvist, Arkadii Korolev, Alexander Khokhlov, Roman Smolyaninov, Henny Piezonka, Päivi Onkamo, Johannes Krause, Wolfgang HaakGenome-wide ancient DNA investigation of Eneolithic individuals from southwestern Russia reveals a genetic contact point between the forest-steppe and steppe populations (Abstract)
13:30–14:00Galina AksyanovaAnthropological assessment of the biodiversity of modern Ugric peoples (Abstract)
14:00–Closing discussion


The following papers planned for this symposium will be presented at the CIFU in August 2021:

Alexander Tkachev, Natalia Drozhashchikh, Katya Gyurdzhoyan & Elena EfimovaThe Nenets prehistoric past through interdisciplinary lens: legend or reality?
Minerva PihaResearch historical perspectives on languages spoken in prehistoric Fennoscandia
Natalia Kuznetsova, Vyacheslav Kuleshov, Mehmed Muslimov, Oleg BalanovskyContacts of Ingrians and Votes in the light of linguistic, archaeological, anthropological, and genetic data
Sanni Peltola, Kerttu Majander, Nikolaj Makarov, Maria Dobrovolskaya, Kerkko Nordqvist, Johannes Krause, Elina Salmela & Päivi OnkamoAn ancient DNA perspective to the medieval language replacement in the upper Volga region
Yuri Berezkin & Evgeny DuvakinVolga-Urals and West Siberian heritage in folklore of the Sámi and Baltic Finns
Alexander Savelyev, Leonid A. Vyazov, Yulia A. Salova, Elena E. Vorobeva & Oleg BalanovskyThe early Uralic-Turkic interaction in the Middle Volga region: an interdisciplinary perspective

Wednesday, August 19

Symposium C4: Cultural Heritage, Identity Symbols and Traditions (Old, New, Invented)

9:45Symposium opening (Hanne Hieta)
10:00–10:30Elena EltcMuseums of Vepsian culture and ethnocultural rights (Abstract)
10:30–11:00László MódFrom the First Assembly to the National Togetherness. Changing meaning and use of a Hungarian cultural heritage site (Abstract)
11:00–11:30Janika Oras & Liina SaarloFrom folklore to narodnoye tvorchestvo: performing runo-song on stage (Abstract; text; slides)
11:30–12:00Anya ShatilovaSt. Petersburg Brings Back Its Past: An Exploration of Ingrian Musical Heritage within an Urban Space (Abstract; presentation text and slides)
12:00–Closing discussion


According to our current stand of planning, the following presentations originally planned for this symposium will be given at the CIFU XIII in August 2021, in the second part of the symposium organized by László Mód: 

Natalia Matrosova & Lidia MatrosovaPartnership cooperation for universities and preschool organizations to apply the traditions of ethnopedagogy of Finno-Ugric peoples
László FelföldiAbout the dance traditions of the Finno-Ugric peoples as cultural heritage
Aivar JürgensonSiberian Estonians in their mother country - adaptation in last decades.
Marko JousteOwn, "Mixed" and "Borrowed" Songs – The Makings of Diverse Modern Saami Musical Culture in Finland
Yuri PerevozchikovThe Summer Barn Kenos in the Udmurt Homestead: Its Ethnographic Significance and Identity Symbolism
Tatiana Titova & Elena GushchinaMordva-karatai: identity, language, tradition (case-study of the village of Mordovsky Karatay, Kamsko-Ustinsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation)