On June 3, 2022, the All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference "Language Policy in Russia: Levels, Practices, Expert and Analytical Mechanisms" took place at Kazan State Power Engineering University (KSPEU).
The event was organized by KSPEU, the Center for Socio-Political Studies and Information Technologies of Russian State University for the Humanities, UCLG-Eurasia, the Research Center for National and Language Relations of the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Faculty of History and Political Science of Perm State National Research University.
The Conference was held as part of the research project "State Language Policy in the Russian Federation: Institutional Foundations and Spatial Dimensions" under the Program of scientific research related to the study of ethno-cultural diversity of the Russian society and aimed at strengthening Russian identity. The participants of the event also included representatives of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as university centers of Moscow, Kazan, Perm, Yakutsk, Abakan and Petrozavodsk.
The plenary session of the Conference was opened by Rector of KSPEU, Deputy of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan Edward Abdullazyanov. First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Nationalities Affairs Ildar Gilmutdinov, Secretary General of UCLG- Eurasia Rasikh Sagitov and Head of the Department for National Policy Implementation in Language Culture of the Kazan Municipality Alina Minnevalieva delivered a welcome address as well.
Rasikh Sagitov, Secretary General of UCLG-Eurasia, highlighted: “The period from 2022 to 2032 has been announced by the UN General Assembly the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. And the previous year of 2021 was declared the Year of Conservation of Mother Tongues and National Unity in the Republic of Tatarstan. UCLG-Eurasia made its own contribution to support these initiatives as well. For instance, in 2021, we held all working meetings in our section in a multi-language format: Russian, Tatar and English. This practice of a lively conversation helps gain communication skills and language preservation. As an international organization, we attach particular importance to the language preservation and development”.
Alina Minnevalieva, Head of the Department for National Policy Implementation in Language Culture of the Kazan Municipality presented the participants projects launched by Kazan in 2021 as part of the Year of Conservation of Mother Tongues and National Unity.
Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor of KSPEU Nail Mukharyamov on behalf of the organizers of the event thanked the online and offline participants of the Conference.