Symposium Obdobja 40


Ljubljana, 17–19 November 2021


Submission of papers


Important dates

Description Date
Registration for the symposium 10 February 2021
Notification of the acceptance of the submitted theme 25 February 2021
Submission of the paper (up to 20,000 characters with spaces) 15 May 2021
Review process 15 May–15 June 2021
Notification of the referees’ evaluation 5 July 2021
Submission of the final (revised) version of the paper 20 July 2021
Notification of inclusion of the paper in the programme 20 September 2021
Payment and registration fee 10 November 2021
Symposium 17–19 November 2021

General Information

  • Invitation

    You are invited to take part in the 40th international Obdobja Symposium on the theme of Slovene Poetry, which will be held from 17 to 19 November 2021, organised by the Centre for Slovene as a Foreign and Second Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

    The concept of poetry can be understood in different ways, including as literature written in lines. In that case, poetry is not equated with the lyric, although the synonymic use is widespread in Slovene, as well as in English and French, from where such use originates. In 2005, in the influential collection Theory into Poetry, Werner Wolf wrote that the distinction between the lyric, poetry and poems was no longer appropriate. But studies (in addition to Wolf’s discussion, we might also mention here Klaus W. Hempfer’s Lyrik. Skizze einer systematischen Theorie from 2014 and Jonathan Culler’s Theory of the Lyric from 2015) that wish to go beyond the Romantic, but also New Criticism definition of the lyric, by describing its prototypical characteristics, indirectly or directly confirm that in addition to the lyric other types of poetry exist. Because of the Romantic triad of lyric, epic and dramatic poetry, the first thing that comes to mind is various narrative poems and drama in verse, but it is also worth considering phenomena in Slovene poetry which are not easy to include in one of these three major types (e.g. engaged, experimental poetry) or which are not limited only to linguistic expressive devices, but rather extend into the visual or acoustic field (e.g. concrete, visual, electronic poetry, poems set to music). Within the framework of discussions of categories of Slovene poetry, we can also include new views of folklore, children’s and youth poetry.

    Although literary history also researches at the level of literary types, varieties, forms and genres, to date the history of Slovene poetry has most often been discussed within the framework of literary movements and periods. The established labels for periods, such as Reformation, Baroque, Enlightened, pre-Romantic, Romantic, Realism, New Romantic (Symbolism), Expressionism, Social Realism and Modernism, are accompanied by caveats that the main movement after Modernism cannot be determined. Poetic pluralism or the co-existence of different authorial poetics has marked contemporary Slovene poetry. With regard to the periodization of Slovene poetry, a number of questions arise: Are traditional labels for literary movements and their definitions in line with the latest findings? What marks the concept of the Slovene poetic Postmodernism? Can the latest Slovene poetry be included in a literary movement or school? Which authorial poetics stand out in different periods? How does (non-)membership of collective poetics influence whether a poet is included in the canon?

    Academic studies of Slovene poetry usually do not reject interpretations; in them, the characteristics of individual movements are often used as a starting point for explaining selected poems or oeuvres. With the realisation that the meaning of a poem is dependent on very different contexts, the area of research has widened and interpreters are faced with the need to investigate their tools and horizons. We shall devote particular attention to the interpretations made by poets themselves. As well as towards interpretation, research can also be directed towards analysis of poetic procedures, where the border between analysis and interpretation may be blurred or examining the poetic function of language is more important than what the poem means. Noteworthy among the most recent, computer-supported methods are quantitative formalism, stylometry and topic analysis.

    Poetry places language to the fore and in talking about Slovene poetry, it is usually Slovene that is foregrounded. The thesis that Slovene poetry can be written in other languages is worth assessing in combination with the question of its social roles. How important was poetry for the Slovene nation in the past and what happened to it after the end of the “Prešerenesque structure”? For whom is poetry merely an aesthetic phenomenon and who is convinced it is always political? At a time when numerous poets are dealing with the problem of sheer survival, when the number of publishing houses is shrinking and research is warning of a decline in reading habits, it is worth asking why we need Slovene poetry.

    Most children like poetry, but the majority of adults do not read it. Is school guilty? What happens in schools, what are the examples of good practice? Where are we with regard to learning to read and learning to write poetry? What new directions are offered by the contemporary didactics of literature?

    The question of who still reads Slovene poetry can be supplemented by the question of in which media it is created, disseminated and received. Poems first spread orally, then we became accustomed to silent reading, but in recent times they have ever more listeners and viewers. While poems set to music and visual poems are by nature intermedial, poems whose main means of expression is language are increasingly frequently disseminated through public readings and events characterised by inter-artistic cooperation (e.g. musical and visual improvisation, performance). Following Slovene poetry also opens up questions of evaluation: How is that task performed by literary critics and literary historians? What role do anthologies, literary awards, competitions and festivals have?

    Slovene poetry is not an island, it has long developed in contact with other poetries and arts. And so an important group of questions that will be addressed by the 40th Obdobja Symposium are its reception abroad, translations and comparative themes. In addition to the translation of Slovene poetry into foreign languages, translations into Slovene are also important. One topic of discussion could be translation shifts and with older poetry in particular there is the issue of when we are dealing with a translation, an adaptation or an original work. We shall be interested in contacts and typological similarities between different poetries, the differences between them and in which instances we can talk about influences. Comparative themes also include comparisons between different kinds of art (especially between poetry and music, poetry and visual art) and research into intertextual, intermedial and intercultural elements; we shall also explore the position of Slovene poetry in the world literary system and in doing so consider the thesis of its peripherality.

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Darja Pavlič, President of the 40th Obdobja Symposium

  • Thematic Areas

    1. Literary types, varieties, forms and genres of Slovene poetry
    2. Periodization of Slovene poetry
    3. Interpretation of Slovene poetry
    4. Linguistic and stylistic analysis of Slovene poetry
    5. Social roles of Slovene poetry
    6. Slovene poetry in school
    7. Media of Slovene poetry: between letter, image, voice and music
    8. Evaluation of Slovene poetry
    9. Reception of Slovene poetry abroad, translations from and into Slovene
    10. Comparative themes
  • 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

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Darja Pavlič

    Symposium organisation

    Assist Prof. Dr. Damjan Huber, Dr. Mojca Nidorfer Šiškovič
    T: 00386 1 241 86 76

    Technical editors of symposium publications

    Matej Klemen, Mag. Mateja Lutar
    T: 00386 1 244 20 63, 00386 1 241 86 49

  • Programme committee

    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Varja Balžalorsky Antić, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aleksander Bjelčevič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Jožica Čeh Steger, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Dubravka Đurić, Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Monika Gawlak, Faculty of Humanities, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
    • Prof. Richard Jackson, phD, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA
    • Assist Prof. PhDr. Alenka Jensterle Doležal, CSc., Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Prof. Dr. Marko Juvan, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Sc. Zvonko Kovač, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia
    • Prof. Dr. Irena Novak Popov, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Darja Pavlič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Mateja Pezdirc Bartol, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Igor Saksida, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education
    • Prof. Dr. Marko Stabej, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Alojzija Zupan Sosič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Dr. Vita Žerjal Pavlin, Srednja šola za oblikovanje in fotografijo 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 2021 registration (including the submission of an abstract up to 150 words) will be via the symposium website (Obdobja Symposium 40, Registration Form) and by 25 February 2021 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 2021. Participants will receive the format guidelines for their paper via e-mail. The guidelines will also be published on the symposium website.

    Prior to publication contributions will by blind reviewed by two peer reviewers; authors will be notified of the referees’ evaluation at the latest by 5 July 2021.

    Final (revised) versions of papers must be submitted by 20 July 2021. Notification of inclusion of the paper in the symposium programme will be received by participants by 20 September 2021.

    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. 10 November 2021 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. Working languages will be Slovene and English; by prior agreement with the organisers the use of another language is possible.
  • 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
    Distance from the University: 5 min

    Hotel Mrak***
    Rimska cesta 4, Ljubljana
    T: 00386 1 421 96 50
    F: 00386 1 421 96 55
    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
    Distance from the University: 15 min

    Hotel Park***
    Tabor 9, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 300 25 00
    F: 00386 1 433 05 46
    Distance from the University: 15–20 min

    Hotel Slon****
    Slovenska 34, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 470 11 00
    F: 00386 1 251 71 64
    Distance from the University: 5 min

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