Symposium Obdobja 36
SLOVENE LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY
You are invited to take part in the 36th international Obdobja Symposium on the theme of Slovene Literary Manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the Long Nineteenth Century, which will be held from 16 to 18 November 2017, organised by the Centre for Slovene as a Foreign and Second Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, with the cooperation of the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The symposium will cast light on Slovene texts that from the Middle Ages to the Long Nineteenth Century existed only or primarily in manuscript form: in other words, Slovene texts that could appear and be received by means of manuscripts. The hitherto neglected field of linguistic and literary manuscript culture will be explored through new research, from well-known medieval monuments to, for instance, handwritten school journals and literature manuscripts until the First World War. The symposium will thus look primarily at manuscript texts that for different reasons did not find their way into printed format and therefore did not receive an adequate reception. This applies particularly to numerous Slovene manuscripts from the 17th to the 19th century discovered (or researched or published) in more recent times which open up a wide field of new research for linguistic (dialectal, historical, genre related) analysis of Slovene language as well as analysis of Slovene literature in the early modern period from the standpoint of literary studies, (cultural) history, theology and so on. In this context we can also take into account manuscript material in other languages connected with the development of literature in Slovene. The theme of manuscripts joins the latest sequence of Obdobja Symposia and opens up a new sub-chapter – the media of literature. The approach to the topic will come from different disciplines, particularly linguistic and literary disciplines, but also history and related fields, whose diverse methods should help uncover the broad cultural and academic potential of the subject. The aim of the symposium is the best possible placement of new or newly discovered Slovene literary manuscript material into the system of Slovene Studies in Slovenia.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Aleksander Bjelčevič, Assist. Prof. Dr. Matija Ogrin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Urška Perenič, Presidents of the 36th Obdobja Symposium
I. LITERARY HISTORICAL DISCUSSIONS
- The finding of unknown (or forgotten) manuscript material;
- The longevity of manuscript culture, its coexistence with the printed book;
- Case studies (authorship, dating and the appearance of manuscript texts, selection of material);
- Manuscript material and the question of transfer between folk literature and artistic literature;
- New literary genres and forms in manuscript material, e.g. Baroque poetry, Baroque prose, Baroque drama; the dynamics of genres and forms, e.g. the development of the sermon from the 16th century postill to the conciones of the 18th century, the development of the Passion play, the Slovene pilgrimage poem, the Slovene letter, etc.
II. QUESTIONS RELATING TO HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS AND DIALECTS
- The influence of standard language norms, supradialectal regional varieties and dialects on the language of manuscript texts;
- Special language elements in manuscript texts at different linguistic levels;
- Dialect elements in manuscript texts of different functional types;
- Manuscripts of linguistic texts and texts about language.
III. THE STYLISTICS OF MANUSCRIPT TEXTS
- Style and literary devices; the influence of rhetoric on manuscript texts.
IV. TRANSLATION STUDIES
- Translations or adaptations in manuscripts texts in relation to their sources or originals in other languages; the relation between original and translation; relations among different translations of the same text.
V. APPROACHES OF RELATED DISCIPLINES
- The spiritual and cultural-historical role of Slovene manuscript literature at the contact point of languages and cultures;
- Slovene manuscripts as “forbidden books” – the conflict between Slovene needs and the authorities, e.g. between religious orders and Josephites;
- Manuscripts as an expression of the social history of the Slovenes;
- Juridical slovenica: legal documents, wills, oaths in Slovene – the scope of the use of Slovene in official and public life;
- Manuscripts closely connected with the history of art, e.g. the way of the cross, the holy stairs;
- Manuscripts closely connected with the history of music – hymns;
- Theological-historical approaches: manuscripts and the issue of Slovene in sacral and pastoral use, e.g. manuscripts with explanations of the sacrament, manuscripts of catechisms, Bible texts, etc.;
- Slovene manuscript texts as an object of study in the digital humanities.
The Symposium is organised by The Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana, in cooperation with the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi trg 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Aleksander Bjelčevič
Assist. Prof. Dr. Matija Ogrin
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Urška Perenič
Dr. Damjan Huber, Dr. Mojca Nidorfer Šiškovič
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Mag. Mateja Lutar
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- Assist. Prof. Dr. Marija Bidovec, Udine University
- Assist. Prof. Dr. Aleksander Bjelčevič, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
- Prof. Dr. Marijan Dović, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Prof. Dr. Boris Golec, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Prof. Dr. Miran Hladnik, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
- Prof. Dr. Marko Juvan, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
- Prof. Dr. Herta Maurer-Lausegger, Klagenfurt University
- Assist. Prof. Dr. Matija Ogrin, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Prof. Dr. Irena Orel, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
- Prof. Dr. Urška Perenič, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
- Prof. Dr. Jožica Škofic, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Assist. Prof. Dr. Luka Vidmar, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
University of Ljubljana (main building, 1st floor), Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Contributions will be published in the thematic monograph given to participants at the event and freely available on the website of the Centre for Slovene in the section Obdobja publications.
Until 15 March 2017 registration (including the submission of an abstract up to 150 words) will be via the symposium website (Obdobja Symposium 35, Registration Form) and by 30 March 2017 registered participants will receive notification of the acceptance of the submitted theme.
The deadline for the submission of papers in the prescribed electronic format (up to 20,000 characters with spaces, including bibliography and notes) is 30 May 2017. Participants will receive the format guidelines for their paper via e-mail. The guidelines will also be published on the symposium website.
All contributions will be peer reviewed prior to publication; participants will be informed about the outcome by 1 July 2017 at the latest.
Final (revised) versions of papers must be submitted by 1 September 2017. Notification of inclusion of the paper in the symposium programme will be received by participants by 20 September 2017.
Please take careful note of the deadlines for registration and submission of papers, as the electronic system does not allow for late registrations or submissions.
The fee for taking part and presenting a paper is 80 EUR and includes a folder containing symposium material, the publication of the paper, the symposium proceedings, the accompanying programme, lunches and event organisation. Participants will be sent an invoice via e-mail which can be paid through a bank or post office. 10 November 2017 is the deadline for the payment of the registration fee.
Presentation of papersThe time allowed for the presentation of a paper is limited to 20 minutes. The working languages of the plenary sessions will be Slovene and English, while in thematic sections the use of other languages is possible upon agreement with the organiser.
Participants must book and cover the cost of accommodation themselves. Addresses of Ljubljana hotels are provided below.