58th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture
READING IN SLOVENE LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
At the 58th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture we shall be exploring various aspects of the reading of both literary and non-literary texts – older and more contemporary texts, in both printed and electronic format. We shall discuss the skill of navigating electronic texts, the internet and the reading of non-linear structures as complex activities which require identification procedures and functioning in a virtual environment, as well as the skills involved in selecting, reading and writing online documents, managing online resources, taking no account of time, procedures involved in simulation and monitoring compressed spatial and temporal units. We shall be looking at the reception of various text types in relation to different kinds of readers and their reading habits; we shall also ask what kind of influence digital reading has on (young) readers. We shall discuss the influence on readers of multimedia technology (with visual, audio and other multimedia effects). We shall ask who reads and to what extent, as well as how different readers read: for instance, what Slovene schoolchildren read and what their attitude to reading is (especially of literary texts). We shall also address the question of the effect of literary texts on readers and their response to literature. The first thematic section will be devoted to printed and electronic (non-)literary texts; the second will be readers and their expectations, i.e. their original expectations, but also how these can change and combine. The third section is devoted to reading as the desubjectivised creation of the identity of the text, the process of digital and classical reading (the reader’s comprehension and explanation of a literary work, in co-dependence with the communication between the reader and the text, as well as decoding the text) as well reading habits. We shall thus be looking at reading as auditory, cognitive and semantic, critical, (co-)creative and informative, and also as a source of escapism and entertainment. Research has shown that reading is a complex and demanding (meta)cognitive form of processing, and so we hope that speakers will, among other things, offer guidance as to how to encourage youngsters to read literature; how to promote a reading response that involves the senses and the emotions, as well as (meta)cognitive skills; how to strengthen their reading interests and to promote a positive attitude to reading, taking into account their age and sex, as well as the language, reading, literary, cognitive and reception skills. You are warmly welcome to join us as enthusiastic readers of printed and electronic (non-literary) texts.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alenka Žbogar,
President of the 58th 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, Trubarjeva cesta 3, 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: Dr. Alenka Žbogar
Seminar organiser and head of the language teachers: Dr. Damjan Huber
Programme committee: Dr. Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk, Dr. Mojca Nidorfer, Dr. Timothy Pogačar, Dr. Mojca Smolej, Dr. Alenka Žbogar
Technical editor of seminar publications: Mag. Mateja Lutar
Student assistance: Anamarija Cemič, Neža Cerinšek, Patricija Kavčič, Anika Logar, Ana Rakovec, Pia Rednak, Miha Sever, Tamara Šterk, Urša Terčon
The lecturers and language teachers leading the seminar are proven experts from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Arts and outside collaborators.
Lecturers: Dr. Miran Hladnik, Dr. Miha Kovač, Dr. Boža Krakar Vogel, Dr. Sonja Pečjak, Dr. Urška Perenič, Dr. Zvezdan Pirtošek, Dr. Jerca Vogel, Dr. Igor Žunkovič; Luka Kropivnik, Erika Kum
Language teachers: Mag. Laura Fekonja Fonteyn, Tina Jugović, Mag. Rada Lečič, Polona Liberšar, Magda Lojk, Dr. Karin Marc, Sanja Pirc, Petra Seitl, Dr. Mojca Stritar Kučuk, Eva Šprager, Dr. Janja Vollmaier Lubej, Martin Vrtačnik
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.
Accommodation is organised at the Ivan Cankar hostel, Poljanska cesta 26, building B. The hostel is situated in pleasant surroundings below Ljubljana Castle, 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. It is a 30 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.
Participants have (wireless) Internet access on all the computers at the Faculty of Arts and at the Ivan Cankar hostel, where they are staying.
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 58th 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 221 EUR for a two-bed room with breakfast or 390 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 104 EUR for a three-bed room with breakfast or 221 EUR for a two-bed room with breakfast or 390 EUR for a single room with breakfast; payment to be made on arrival at the hostel).
Those receiving scholarships are requested to complete by 1 April 2022 the registration form on our website at the website (58th SSJLK, Registration Form). You are also requested to send by 1 April 2022, along with the completed registration form, the completed language test, or to send it to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The registration form for participants of the 58th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture paying the seminar fee and accommodation costs themselves should be sent by 1 May 2022. You can apply via the Internet at the website (58th SSJLK, Registration Form).
In May or June 2022 placement interviews with participants will take place via videoconferencing.
The registration fee includes language classes, conversation classes, phonetics classes, lectures, 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: 590 EUR
- accommodation in three-bed room with breakfast: 169 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 e-mail. You can pay the invoice at any bank or post office. Please send your payment receipt no later than 20 June 2022.
Upon receipt of your registration form we shall send you the language test, which will help us place you in the right group.
In May or June 2022 placement interviews with participants will take place via videoconferencing.
- fee: 590 EUR
The date of arrival for participants at the Ivan Cankar hostel is Sunday 3 July 2022; the programme begins according to the timetable on Monday at 9 a.m., 4 July 2022 at the Faculty of Arts.
The departure date is Saturday, 16 July 2022.
Participants at the Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture achieving 80 per cent participation in the compulsory seminar programme (language exercises, conversation practice, phonetic exercises, conversation practice with students of Slovene from the Ljubljana Department of Slovene Studies and lectures) will receive a certificate of participation. The seminar will be credited under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students who regularly attend language, conversation and phonetics classes, conversation practice with students of Slovene from the Ljubljana Department of Slovene Studies, as well as lectures, and who pass the exam at the end of the seminar, will receive 3 credit points (3 ECTS).
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.
During the seminar, the Faculty of Arts bookshop offers all participants a 25% discount on the purchase of all textbooks from the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language as well as publications of the University of Ljubljana Press, Faculty of Arts.
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 (18–20 school hours*), conversation classes (18–20 school hours*), phonetics classes (4 school hours*), conversation practice with students of Slovene from the Ljubljana Department of Slovene Studies (0–8 school hours* for intermediate groups, or 8 school hours* for each beginners group) and 10 lectures. Participation in this part of the programme is compulsory and is required in order to obtain the certificate of attendance. In the afternoon and evening there is a non-compulsory accompanying programme for participants.
*1 school hour = 45 minutes.
Practical classes will probably be organised in 3 beginners, 5 intermediate and 2 advanced groups. According to their interests, participants of the advanced groups can choose among linguistic and literary 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 before the seminar starts. 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. Conversation classes are compulsory for all participants..
In the afternoon, there is an additional 0–8 hours of conversation with Ljubljana students of Slovene Studies for members of beginners’ groups and optionally for members of intermediate groups. These conversation exercises are obligatory for beginners’ groups, while those in intermediate groups can choose between lectures (at least 4) and afternoon conversation.
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 (10 in total) on Slovene language, literature and culture are obligatory for members of advanced groups, while members of intermediate groups can choose between lectures (at least 4) and afternoon conversation with Ljubljana students of Slovene Studies in Ljubljana. Lectures are public, so others can also attend them. The 58th Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture will focus on Reading 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.
The seminar also offers a 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, 9 July 2022.