Teamwork coordinated by Justyna Olko breaks down walls between academia and local communities, combining multidisciplinary, decolonising research with participatory activities that promote language revitalization and ethnic minority empowerment. These endeavours have shown that the use of local heritage languages improves health and well-being and protects against historical trauma, fostering ‘communities of practice’ that help overcome experiences of ethnic discrimination and marginalization.

Tags: Cultural Memory, Diversity, Resilience, Social Cohesion, Language revitalisation

Justyna Olko

Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity, University of Warsaw

Justyna Olko directs Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity at the University of Warsaw. She specializes in history, sociolinguistics, language revitalization as well as decolonizing research practices. Co-author and co-editor of Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide (Cambridge UP, 2020) and a recipient of the European Research Council grant and the Twinning grant of the European Commission, Olko currently leads a team project Language as a cure: linguistic vitality as a tool for psychological well-being, health and economic sustainability. www.jolko.al.uw.edu.pl

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