Symposium Obdobja 38

PUBLIC SPEECH IN SLOVENE, LINGUISTIC-CULTURAL AWARENESS AND SELF-CONFIDENCE

Ljubljana, 23–25 October 2019

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 

Important dates

Description Date
Registration for the symposium 10 February 2019
Notification of the acceptance of the submitted theme 20 February 2019
Submission of the paper (up to 20,000 characters with spaces) 15 May 2019
Review process 15 May–10 June 2019
Notification of the referees’ evaluation 1 July 2019
Submission of the final (revised) version of the paper 15 July 2019
Notification of inclusion of the paper in the programme 30 August 2019
Payment and registration fee 20 October 2019
Symposium 23–25 October 2019

General Information

  • Invitation

    You are invited to take part in the 38th international Obdobja Symposium on the theme of Public Speech in Slovene, Linguistic-Cultural Awareness and Self-Confidence, which will be held from 23 to 25 October 2019, organised by the Centre for Slovene as a Foreign and Second Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

    For the Slovene people, which with the establishment of their own state in 1991 became a fully fledged nation (Hribar 2004), the Slovene language is a determining and decisive element of existental importance. In the public and state context, Slovene only completely came to life in the late 1980s. This does not of course mean that the language was not vital before that time, but certainly some of the lack of self-confidence shown even today by speakers and writers is the consequence of the relative youth of the independent state, as well as the philosophical and rhetorical tradition, and the lack of (obligatory) public appearances in Slovene, especially in the rhetorically important diplomacy, where Slovene speech was the exception rather than the rule even after 1918 and 1945. An important milestone in the shaping of Slovene public speech and language, as well as Slovene culture in general, was the establishment of the University of Ljubljana, which in 2019 celebrates its centenary. The first lecture at the newly established university about Slovene and in Slovene was given by the Slovene Studies scholar Fran Ramovš. The year 1919 also saw the return of Prekmurje – that most distant part of the Slovene cultural space – to the motherland, which along with the formation of Yugoslavia had an important influence on Slovene language, literature and culture as a whole.

    A century on, the first and biggest Slovene university and the Slovene cultural space finds itself at a watershed in the “globalised village”. In spite of the relative well-being of Slovene society, the feeling in the media – including social network sites – is often apocalyptic, which is not only a characteristic of the Slovene public space, but is a global characteristic, driven by capital and the profit motive, aimed at increasing the power of the media and of the individual. For this reason it is necessary to analyse, theoretically and practically, contemporary public appearances, rhetorical practices (including orthoepy) and the Slovene media with regard to the quality and sense of current communication.

    A changed social environment definitely influences attitudes to language, especially towards language standards, with regard to which, to discuss the present, we must also turn to the past. In the past, like the present, spoken expression, especially in relation to the standard language, was often neglected, and so we shall pay particular attention to phonetic-phonological research. An important part of the formation of Slovene national identity – today we can talk about cultural identity, determined to a large extent by its national status – is represented by literature and theatre, which are dedicated to written and spoken language.

    The 38th Obdobja Symposium, by looking at the past and the present, will contemplate the future of the spoken language as the primary language code, as well as Slovene as a whole in the Slovene ethnic space. The mere fact that we are having an academic discussion about speech and public appearances, as well as language standards and policy, will certainly make the future better and more complete.

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hotimir Tivadar, Presidents of the 38th Obdobja Symposium

  • Thematic Areas

    1. THE FORMATION OF A UNIFIED SLOVENE CULTURAL SPACE AND THE FOUNDING OF THE FIRST SLOVENE UNIVERSITY
      1. Slovene and the University of Ljubljana
      2. the incorporation of Prekmurje and the unifying of standard Slovene
    2. PHONETICS AND SLOVENE SPEECH IN THE MEDIA
      1. radio and television
      2. new e-media (social networks, e-mail, texts, etc.)
    3. RHETORIC AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES
    4. LANGUAGE STANDARDS PAST AND PRESENT
    5. PHONETIC-PHONOLOGICAL RESEARCH INTO SLOVENE SPEECH
    6. SPOKEN LANGUAGE IN SLOVENE LITERATURE AND THEATRE
    7. LANGUAGE POLICY AND SLOVENE IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
  • Organisers

    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.

    Symposium president

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hotimir Tivadar
    E: hotimir.tivadar@ff.uni-lj.si

    Symposium organisation

    Dr. Damjan Huber, Dr. Mojca Nidorfer Šiškovič
    E: simpozij@ff.uni-lj.si
    T: 00386 1 241 86 76

    Technical editors of symposium publications

    Matej Klemen, Mag. Mateja Lutar
    E: matej.klemen@ff.uni-lj.si, mateja.lutar@ff.uni-lj.si
    T: 00386 1 244 20 63, 00386 1 241 86 49

  • Programme committee

    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Helena Dobrovoljc, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Matej Hriberšek, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Assist. Dr. Damjan Huber, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gašper Ilc, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Prof. Dr. Monika Kalin Golob, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
    • Prof. Dr. Simona Kranjc, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Prof. Dr. Irena Orel, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mateja Pezdirc Bartol, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mojca Smolej, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Prof. Dr. Marko Stabej, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hotimir Tivadar, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alenka Valh Lopert, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor
    • Prof. Dr. Miloslav Vojtech, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Jana Volk, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska
    • Prof. Dr. Andreja Žele, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • Venue

    University of Ljubljana (main building, 1st floor), Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Registration and submission of papers

    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 10 February 2019 registration (including the submission of an abstract up to 150 words) will be via the symposium website (Obdobja Symposium 37, Registration Form) and by 20 February 2019 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 15 May 2019. 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 2019 at the latest.

    Final (revised) versions of papers must be submitted by 15 July 2019. Notification of inclusion of the paper in the symposium programme will be received by participants by 30 August 2019.

    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.

  • Registration fee

    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. 20 October 2019 is the deadline for the payment of the registration fee.
  • Presentation of papers

    The 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.
  • Accommodation in Ljubljana

    Participants must book and cover the cost of accommodation themselves. Addresses of Ljubljana hotels are provided below.

    Hotel Emonec**
    Wolfova 12, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 200 15 20
    F: 00386 1 200 15 21
    E: hotelemonec@siol.net
    W: www.hotel-emonec.com
    Distance from the University: 5 min

    Hotel Mrak***
    Rimska cesta 4, Ljubljana
    T: 00386 1 421 96 50
    F: 00386 1 421 96 55
    E: info@hotelmrak.si
    W: www.hotelmrak.si
    Distance from the University: 3–4 min

    City Hotel Ljubljana***
    Dalmatinova 15, Ljubljana
    T: 00386 1 239 00 00
    F: 00386 1 239 00 01
    E: info@cityhotel.si
    W: www.cityhotel.si
    Distance from the University: 15 min

    Hotel Park***
    Tabor 9, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 300 25 00
    F: 00386 1 433 05 46
    E-pošta: info@hotelpark.si
    W: www.hotelpark.si
    Distance from the University: 15–20 min

    Hotel Slon****
    Slovenska 34, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 470 11 00
    F: 00386 1 251 71 64
    E: sales@hotelslon.com
    W: www.hotelslon.com
    Distance from the University: 5 min

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