Welcome to the official website of the 33rd IFUSCO! This time we meet in Warsaw.
What is IFUSCO?
IFUSCO, short for International Finno-Ugric Students’ Conference, is an annual event organized by students and for students. Every edition takes place in a city where it is possible to study Fennougristics on a state university.
The main purpose of IFUSCO is to bring students of Fennougristics together and give them an opportunity to exchange information, discuss Finno-Ugric issues and have fun.
Do I have to study Fennougristics in order to participate in IFUSCO?
Not really. All enthusiasts of Fennougristics are welcome, we don’t look at your diplomas or student ID. If you have something interesting to share, or if you just want to listen to clever and passionate young people and search for inspiration, feel free to join! You can find the registration form here:
When and where did the first IFUSCO take place? What about the last?
The first IFUSCO was organized in Göttingen in May 1984 (quite a long time ago, wasn’t it?). It was only a small meeting of 26 students from Göttingen and Groningen (oh look, alliteration!). Last year’s IFUSCO took place in Helsinki and it was relatively small, with around 54 participants, but for example in 2013 as many as 230 people came to Syktyvkar to share their thoughts and experiences.
So… Why do you organize IFUSCO in Warsaw? What has Poland to do with Finno-Ugric cultures and languages?
Of course, Poland is not a Finno-Ugric country. Still, it’s possible to study some Finno-Ugric languages and cultures at our universities, for example in Poznan, where the 11th IFUSCO took place in 1994 and, indeed, in Warsaw. The Department of Hungarian Studies at the University of Warsaw will celebrate its 65th birthday in 2017, and the much younger Finnish line will be a proud ten-year-old. IFUSCO seems to be one of the greatest way to celebrate this double anniversary!
Finnish and Hungarians are not the only Finno-Ugric languages we can learn in Warsaw. There is also Estonian which students of the both lines can choose as a second Finno-Ugric language, and an Udmurt free-choice course for everyone interested.
Fun fact: Szymon Pawlas, our Udmurt teacher, is the designer of UFLAG – a flag for Finno-Ugric peoples. More info about the flag can be found here: http://varpho.republika.pl/uflag/uflag.htm
How much do I need to pay and what do I get for the money?
Conference fee is 10 euro and it includes:
– all the conference materials, maps and hints you will need to make your life easier during the conference,
– coffee and tea service and some snacks in between presentations
– all the help with reservations, public transport or any other issue you might have problems with
NB! If you want to participate in our entertainment program, better take some money with you! Some of the events may not be included in the conference fee. Bank account info (EURO account):
Bank Millenium SA
PL 64 1160 2202 0000 0000 6084 9207
Title HAS TO BE: 33-20; your surname and name; IFUSCO
Where can I sleep? Do I need to bring a tent or something?
We made a list of all the hostels near the Dobra 55 building and other options available in Warsaw to make it easier for you to find something suitable to personal needs. The prices vary, depending on the time of reservation so we recommend to reserve a room or rooms solo or with friends as soon as possible. Most of places from the list at this time of the year are still ridiculously affordable. Every hostel is available on booking.com so you can easily find a suitable language option.
Airbnb Warsaw: https://www.airbnb.pl/s/Polska–Warszawa/homes?allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=jRn9lpZK
Coachsurfing in Warsaw: https://www.couchsurfing.com/places/europe/poland/warsaw
When exactly do we meet?
IFUSCO 2017 will take place 18-22 September 2017.
What is the registration deadline?
The deadline is 31 July 2017.
I want to participate but I’m not sure yet if I want to deliver a presentation.
Don’t worry, you can register now and if you have a presentation topic later, you can send us the abstract up until the end of July.
How long should the abstract be and what are the language requirements?
The abstract shouldn’t be longer than 2000 characters with spaces (Times New Roman, font 12, line spacing 1,5, justification). We would really appreciate if you follow the „three-language rule”, according to which the abstract, the oral presentation and the multimedia presentation should be prepared using three different languages (we accept Polish, English, Russian and any Finno-Ugric language). Thanks to that almost everyone will be able to follow at least the main points of every presentation.