In Umsetzung der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention (UN-BRK) wurde in die Webseite des Sorbischen Instituts eine Vorlesefunktion für Deutsch implementiert. Leider ist eine entsprechende Technologie für die beiden sorbischen Schriftsprachen nicht verfügbar. Das Sorbische Institut ist sich dieser Problematik bewusst und sondiert zurzeit mit Partnern die Entwicklung einer entsprechenden Software. Außerdem bereiten sorbische Ausdrücke in deutschem Text der deutschen Vorlesefunktion erkennbar Schwierigkeiten. Wir bitten dafür um Verständnis, da wir nicht allein aus diesem Grund auf die sorbischen Ausdrücke verzichten möchten.

Die oben genannte Maßnahme wurde finanziert aus Steuermitteln auf der Grundlage des von den Abgeordneten des Sächsischen Landtags beschlossenen Haushalts.


27-29 May 2021, online: Network Meeting of Young Academics of Sorbian Studies

(Bautzen, 23.2.2021) For the third time, the Sorbian Institute invites young researchers to a networking meeting. The focus of the meeting is on interdisciplinary exchanges and networking among researchers who are working or planning to work on the Sorbs/Wends in a regional or topic-specific way.
Due to the Corona pandemic and the resulting restrictions, networking will take place digitally this year. Should general conditions allow for it, a hybrid form of meeting may take place.Three consecutive days offer participants a forum to present and discuss their own research projects. Contributions on specific topics, e.g. pertaining to linguistics, cultural studies, history or other social sciences, are just as welcome as transdisciplinary projects anchored in comparative minority studies or digital humanities. Participants who would like to present their research project (e.g. bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral thesis, post-doctoral project) are asked to submit a project outline (max. one A4 page) together with a short curriculum vitae (including field of study, place of work and the current focus of research).
This meeting will also serve to reflect on the Sorbian Studies’ understanding of networks. Furthermore, special attention will be given to the conditions and perspectives of interdisciplinary cooperation. All suggestions for discussion panels are welcome!
The working languages of the meeting are Upper and Lower Sorbian, German and English.

The following digital time slots are available: 27-29 May 2021 between 11am-4pm. A maximum of 30 minutes including discussion is allotted for each project presentation. Further details regarding the content of the various panels will be agreed after the closing date for registration in consultation with the participants. Participation is free of charge. Travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

Contact and registration:
All interested persons are requested register by email by 18 April 2021 to:
Announcement for Network Meeting of Young Academics of Sorbian Studies (pdf; 23rd Februar 2021)

(St. Michael's church in Bautzen, Tilman2007 . Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0 )

23.–25. 11. 2017 – „Reformation and ethnicity. Sorbs, Latvians and Estonians in the 16th and 17th century“

International conference organised by the Sorbian Institute/Serbski Institute and the Baltic Historical Commission, Bautzen, 23–25 November, 2017

Alongside fundamental theological developments the Reformation also provoked considerable social upheaval whose effects reverberated throughout Europe. For many so-called “small nations”, the churchʻs schism and the establishment of competing Christian denominations in the early modern era also constituted an important rupture that would entail profound social and cultural change.

The conference will employ a comparative approach and take the example of the Sorbs, Estonians and Latvians to examine the long-term consequences of the Reformation and confessionalisation on the belief systems and life worlds of the “small nations” of East Central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In their presentations, the 18 speakers from historical, cultural, literary and linguistic sciences, as well as from theology and art history, will address both the fractures and long-term developments ensuing from the Reformation and the continuities between pre- and post-Reformation times. Their inquiries will concentrate on the contents of and key players in the contemporary scholarly discourse regarding nations and languages, as well as on the charged relationship between the system of estates, ethnicity, and religious denomination in the early modern period. Due attention will be paid to the role of the Protestant ministry, the beginnings of a body of vernacular writing and literature, the confessionalisation of popular culture, and the historical ramifications that the change of faith held for art and architecture in Livonia and Lusatia.

Participation in the conference is free of charge but for organisational purposes we request an e-mail registration by 10 November 2017: reformation(at)

The conference is sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media in accordance with a decision by the German Parliament as part of the joint project “Faces of the Reformation in Upper Lusatia, Bohemia, and Silesia” of the cultural area Upper Lusatia-Lower Silesia.

In close cooperation with the Baltic Historical Commission .

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