54th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture
1918 IN SLOVENE LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
In 2018, the Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture will travel back by time machine to 1918.
And why 1918? Because it represents one of the most important milestones in European history. The First World War ended, with a number of consequences: the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and the appearance of new Baltic and Slav states, including the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The year 1918 was also marked in Europe by one of the most deadly pandemics in human history: Spanish flu, which took more lives than the First World War. It was also partly responsible for the premature passing away of one of the greatest Slovene writers of all time, Ivan Cankar. In 1918 we shall get together with him, delve into his literary world and uncover the charm of his words. The First World War also intervened dramatically into the life of the Franciscan friar Stanislav Škrabec, the “father” of the phonemic orthography of the Slovene language. Because of the proximity of the Isonzo Front he had to move from Kostanjevica by Gorizia to Ljubljana, where he died on 6 October 1918. The seminar will consider, among other things, his views on Slovene.
So, the journey to 1918 will be interesting and lively, and will offer many surprises. Such as? We warmly invite you to take part in the seminar and to find out for yourself.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mojca Smolej,
President of the 54th SSJLK
The seminar 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.
The morning programme takes place entirely at the Faculty of Arts, the University of Ljubljana, Aškerčeva 2, Ljubljana, while the afternoon and evening programme is organised at different locations in Ljubljana.
Seminar president: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mojca Smolej
Head of the language teachers: Dr. Damjan Huber
Seminar organisation: Dr. Damjan Huber, Dr. Mojca Nidorfer Šiškovič
Technical editor of seminar publications: Mag. Mateja Lutar
The seminar participants are foreign Slovene Studies and Slavic Studies specialists, writers, translators, experts in comparative linguistics and literature, and others who include Slovene in any other way in their life and work: teachers, researchers and students of Slovene and Slavic Studies at universities and research institutes abroad and in ethnic Slovene areas, etc. At the seminar they deepen and enrich their knowledge, learn about the latest findings and have genuine contact with the Slovene language, literature and culture.
The lecturers, language teachers and other teaching staff at the seminar are established experts and professors from the Department of Slovene Studies, Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign language, the Department of Slavic Studies, other departments of the Faculty of Arts, other faculties of the University of Ljubljana, or other Slovene universities and leading research and national institutions and eminent experts and academics from abroad.
The library of the Departments of Slovene/Slavic Studies keeps an open door for seminar participants. Throughout the duration of the seminar they can borrow books and turn for advice to the librarians. The library also prepares an exhibition every year, presenting recent professional literature, the best works of Slovene literature, and translations into foreign languages. The participants will visit the exhibition during their practical classes.
Participants have (wireles) Internet access on all the computers at the Faculty of Arts and at the Ivan Cankar hostel, where they are staying.
Accommodation is organised at the Ivan Cankar hostel, Poljanska cesta 26, building A. The hostel is situated in pleasant surroundings below Ljubljana Castle, 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. It is a 20 minute walk from the hostel to the Faculty of Arts through the old part of the town. Accommodation is in three-bed, two-bed or single rooms, with bathrooms and kitchens (participants must provide their own dishes and cooking utensils) on every floor. All participants receive self-service breakfast, for other meals they have to make their own arrangements. The hostel also offers wireless internet access, an exercise room and social areas with televisions. Participants can leave their cars for free in the car park in front of the hostel. More information is available on the website www.dic.si.
The date of arrival for participants at the Ivan Cankar hostel is Sunday 1 July 2018; the programme begins according to the timetable on Monday at 9 a.m., 2 July 2018 at the Faculty of Arts.
The departure date is Saturday, 14 July 2018.
The Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture is the central scholarly event through which the Republic of Slovenia promotes the study of and research into Slovene language, literature and culture throughout the world, by granting financial support on the basis of international contracts and co-operation programmes for ethnic Slovene organisations and researchers who are professionally engaged in Slovene, and for students at foreign universities who study Slovene. In allocating these scholarships, priority is given to Slovene specialists, university teachers, research and teaching assistants, postgraduate students and students of higher classes.
Scholarships for the 54th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture will be granted within the framework of: lectureships in Slovene at foreign universities; Slovene institutions in Austria, Italy and Hungary; and programmes of international cultural cooperation at the relevant institutions outside Slovenia. There are the following possibilities:
- A) full scholarship for the main and accompanying programme and accommodation in a three-bed room with breakfast in the hostel (extra charge of 187 EUR for a two-bed room with breakfast or 360 EUR for single room with breakfast; payment to be made on arrival at the hostel);
- B) partial scholarship for the main and accompanying programme and partial funding of accommodation with breakfast in the hostel (extra charge of 108 EUR for a three-bed room with breakfast or 187 EUR for a two-bed room with breakfast or 360 EUR for a single room with breakfast; payment to be made on arrival at the hostel);
- C) partial scholarship for the main and accompanying programme, without accommodation. Recipients of type C partial scholarships can make use of paid accommodation in the Ivan Cankar hostel (payment to be made on arrival at the hostel):
- accommodation in three-bed room with breakfast: 156 EUR,
- accommodation in two-bed room with breakfast: 221 EUR,
- accommodation in single room with breakfast: 390 EUR.
Those receiving scholarships are requested to complete by 5 April 2018 the registration form on our website at the website (54th SSJLK, Registration Form) or to send it to us by regular post. You are also requested to send by 5 April 2018, along with the completed registration form, the completed language test, or to send it to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular post.
The registration form for participants of the 54th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture paying the seminar fee and accommodation costs themselves should be sent by 1 June 2018. You can apply via the Internet at the website (54th SSJLK, Registration Form).
The registration fee includes language classes, conversation classes, phonetics classes, lectures, elective courses, learning materials, the seminar proceedings, the accompanying programme, and event organisation. Participants paying for themselves can book accommodation at the Ivan Cankar hostel.
Prices for those paying for themselves:
- fee: 560 EUR
- accommodation in three-bed room with breakfast: 156 EUR
- accommodation in two-bed room with breakfast: 221 EUR
- accommodation in single room with breakfast: 390 EUR
After we have received your registration form, we will send you the invoice for payment of the fee by regular post or e-mail. You can pay the invoice for payment of the fee at any bank or post office. Please send your payment receipt no later than 25 June 2018. You can send it to our e-mail address or to our postal address. Please bring along a copy of the receipt when you join the seminar in order to help clarify possible misunderstandings.
Upon receipt of your registration form we shall send you the language test, which will help us place you in the right group.
- fee: 560 EUR
Participants at the Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture receive a certificate of attendance if they take regular part in the obligatory section of the programme. The seminar will be credited under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students who regularly attend language, conversation and phonetics classes, as well as lectures and elective courses, and who pass the exam at the end of the seminar, will receive 3 credit points (3 ECTS).
All seminar participants are recommended to obtain a certificate of medical insurance in their home countries, otherwise they must pay the expenses of medical care and medication themselves.
As they will not be entering Slovenia as tourists but for purposes of study or professional training, they are advised to arrange before they come a temporary residence permit for Slovenia. This is particularly important for citizens of third countries (not the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein), who are required to obtain this document even for short visits, while citizens of member states of the European Economic Area must obtain it within 90 days of entering Slovenia, however, they must register with the police immediately after their arrival.
The main seminar programme includes practical language classes (2–3* school hours per day), conversation classes (1–2* school hours per day) and phonetics classes (2 school hours for intermediate and advanced groups, or 4–8 school hours for each beginners group), as well as lectures and special courses. Participation in this part of the programme is compulsory and is required in order to obtain the certificate of attendance. There is also a rich, optional afternoon/evening programme of different events.
*The balance between the number of hours for practical classes and conversation is agreed by the lecturers.
Practical classes will probably be organised in 3 beginners, 4 intermediate and 3 advanced groups. According to their interests, participants of the advanced groups can choose among linguistic, literary and general groups. Individual participants are assigned to an appropriate group on the basis of a language test completed before arrival at the seminar, and oral testing carried out at the beginning of the seminar. Practical classes are compulsory for all participants.
These classes are aimed at improving communication skills, extending vocabulary, internalising communication patterns and eliminating errors. They will deal with themes taken from everyday life, with an emphasis on practical communication and on extending acquaintance with Slovenia and its culture. In the afternoons, beginners groups and lower intermediate will have 8–12 additional hours of conversation with Ljubljana students of Slovene Studies; these conversation classes are compulsory.
Phonetics classes are compulsory and organized on two different levels: (a) classes for beginners that start with an introduction to the Slovene spoken language and specifics of its phonetics, with examples from texts. This is followed by practical exercises to improve pronunciation and listening skills necessary for more efficient learning and use of the language. The exercises are adjusted to the participants’ level of knowledge and to their mother tongue; (b) exercises for intermediate and advanced level, intended to improve speaking skills and understanding of spoken texts.
Lectures (12 school hours) will offer the latest thoughts on and achievements in Slovene linguistics, literature and culture. They are compulsory for participants in higher intermediate and advanced groups, but others can also attend since they are public. The 54th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture will focus on 1918 in Slovene Language, Literature and Culture. As always, the lectures will appear in the seminar proceedings and on the website. Similarly, the lectures will also appear on the portal Videolectures.
Elective courses of 4 school hours each take an in-depth look at current issues relating to the Slovene standard language and literature, translation, Slovene culture and Slovene as a second and foreign language. Classes take the form of workshops. The lecturers’ contributions are published in the seminar proceedings. Selection of and participation in an elective course is compulsory for all those in intermediate and advanced groups.
The seminar also offers a rich afternoon-evening programme, which includes themed guided tours of Ljubljana, the showing of a Slovene film, a theatre performance, visits to museums, galleries and libraries, musical and literary evenings, etc. This additional programme includes a whole-day study excursion, which will take place this year on Saturday, 7 July 2018.