The original idea behind NordPhil was to create a conference for Scandinavian philosophy students in which they could present and discuss philosophical ideas in their native tongues. As a result, we initially limited participation to Swedes, Norwegians and Danes in order to ensure mutual linguistic intelligibility.
Voices were raised, however, concerning the fact that there are sizable parts of the Nordic population outside of Scandinavia who also speak Scandinavian languages. We therefore decided to welcome participants from Finland and Iceland as well. But to be more including of them, English is still the preferred language for the talks.
As for the abstracts, the preferred language is also English, but only because administration will be easier. If an application uses Danish, Norwegian or Swedish instead of English will not affect the result of whether the student is invited to give a talk or not.
The result is the following language policy: NordPhil welcomes philosophy students from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland. Abstracts and talks can be done in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, but the preferred language is English. Although it is recommended for all participants that they can understand Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.
We hope this policy will be as inclusive as possible while allowing languages other than English at the conference.