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Research and Such Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Esperanto Language

I foresee a day when universities across the globe will offer “Esperanto Studies” as a major field of research. We’re still a ways off right now – so far, I know of no US universities that offer an Esperanto degree, and only NASK seems to provide any college credit for advanced Esperanto study. However, that certainly does not mean Esperanto is forgotten in the academic realm!

Today I discovered another article for your viewing pleasure, entitled “Esperanto Studies: An Overview.” After reading it, I realize what a broad and fulfulling discipline Esperanto studies could be. As a combination of history, linguistics, literature, and philosophy, such a field could have almost no ceiling! Until it finally surfaces, I think two trends must continue. First, the Esperanto community needs to produce material worth studying; secondly, what already exists in Esperanto should be more fully examined through works like the aforementioned overview. Who knows – maybe we will see it enter the academic canon within the next few decades! Wishful thinking, I know…

Also, don’t forget to take a gander at the article’s parent directory, Esperanto Documents, for some further readings.

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  1. Hoss:

    Thanks for the mention of NASK, Lex.

    Just to confirm, the three-week program at UCSD does indeed provide five official college credits from the University of California, which can be transferred to other institutions of higher learning for use towards a degree!

  2. Lex:

    It’s my pleasure to mention the program! Perhaps someday other universities will take UCSD’s hint, and examine Esperanto a little more closely.

  3. Huby:

    I wouldn’t be so pessimistic my dear friend! For a language whose longevity has merely reached over a hundred years (a baby in the world of living languages), Esperanto has achieved quite an exploit whether its adepts are of the order of 2 million or 20 million! Rarely has any language in History spread at such a fast pace and, furthermore, in a more peaceful manner! I feel confident that Esperanto will gain a bigger place in world affairs, beginning by the EU, and then things will follow suite 😉

  4. Lex:

    Oh, forgive me if I sounded pessimistic! I, too, believe that Esperanto will eventually have a greater role to play in world affairs. I simply think it’s going to take a while before it does!

    You’re probably correct, Huby. Since it’s a smaller body than the UN, the EU would be a lot more likely to adopt Esperanto than most other international bodies. And if it does, well…We’ll be in a better place, won’t we?

  5. Federico Gobbo:

    Hi, just a note to let you know that Esperantic Studies is an undergraduate study in some Universities in the world.

    Have a look here:

    I have to ask to add the University of Milan, where I will give a seminar for students in philosophy.