region: Göttingen

Restaffing of the professorship of Finno-Ugric Studies in Göttingen

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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
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We are the Finno-Ugric Studies study group in Göttingen and we are furious. It’s an open secret that for quite some time the University of Göttingen has been trying to shut down minor faculties – especially humanities – to save money. It was also clear that the Finno-Ugric Studies would be one of those at risk. Now we’ve got the information that presumably there won’t be a restaffing of the professorship in 2023.


The University of Göttingen and the Finno-Ugric Studies are bonded by a long tradition. The department in Göttingen was founded in 1947 and is the oldest Finno-Ugric department in the German-speaking area. In 1984 the first IFUSCO (International Finno-Ugric Students’ Conference) took place in Göttingen. Could it be that the birthplace of the most important event for Finno-Ugric students worldwide won’t have anything to do with Finno-Ugric Studies? It is not unlikely.

What does this mean for the international Finno-Ugric scene? That another opportunity for cultural exchange will vanish from the academic map. What does this mean for us? That we can’t study further as planned and if you google “Finnougristik Göttingen” you’ll just find “page not found”. We don’t want that!

Minor humanities were already closed or put together in senseless combinations, not only in Göttingen. Do we want to accept that there will be the same mishmash in all universities? Needless to say, major philologies like German studies, English studies etc. have significant meaning, but how can a university point out its diversity when it's only focussing on the major studies like every other university and downgrading the importance of the minor ones?

This is why we need your help!

Please sign this petition, if you’re for a restaffing of the professorship of the Finno-Ugric Studies in Göttingen. Because without this the Finno-Ugric Studies can’t continue to exist in the future.

Thank you for your support, Maike Lock from Göttingen
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  • 8 days ago

    Research has been conducted in Finno-Ugric Languages for many generations, and there are large quantities of research results and archives that need repatriation to the indigenous communities as part of their heritage and wellbeing in the digital age. This is the basis of many forms and fields of future research.

  • on 02 Aug 2019

    Ich habe selbst dort studiert. Es war großartig. Diese Erfahrung sollen auch andere Studenten machen können.

  • Antje Mortzfeldt Västra Frölunda

    on 02 Aug 2019

    Ich bin Alumna des Instituts für Finnougristik. Studierte dort ab 1985. Das Institut darf nicht verschwinden - aus den Gründen, die in der Petition genannt werden. Es war damals eine Freistatt für kreative, nicht stromlinienförmig denkende Sprachbegeisterte - solche Nischen braucht die Welt heute nötiger denn je!

  • Daniel Conn , Seattle

    on 31 Jul 2019

    I've taken studies here and may take more in the future

  • Aengus Ball Warszawa

    on 30 Jul 2019

    I have studied FU languages in uni (not in Göttingen) and still do in my free time. I am very keen on FU studies staying a thing.

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