There’s no guarantee that it won’t be cancelled again for political or other reasons, or that registrants will even get a visa (one notable friend of the Mari hasn’t recently), but a Summer School in Mari Language and Culture is planned to place in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, from the 2nd until the 19th of July this year. If it doesn’t get cancelled, if I get my invitation letter in time this time, and if I actually get a Russian visa, I look forward to attending. It is a pity that for political and bureacratic reasons one’s participation in a very interesting course becomes quite uncertain.
The wealthy scholar of Uralic linguistics can look forward to two opportunities to visit Yoshkar-Ola this year, as in May the IFUSCO XXII will be held there. As Johanna Laakso announced in ura-list:
The next IFUSCO (International Finno-Ugrist Students’ Conference) will take place in Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El, 18–22 May 2006. Registration deadline 1 March, deadline for abstracts 20 March, contact address firstname.lastname@example.org. The first official circular is now available on the MAFUN pages.