Symposium Obdobja 41


Ljubljana, 16–18 November 2022

Submitting a contribution


Important dates

Description Date
Registration for the symposium 10 February 2022
Notification of the acceptance of the submitted theme 8 March 2022
Submitting a contribution (up to 20,000 or 10,000 characters with spaces) 20 May 2022
Review process 20 May–20 June 2022
Notification of the referees’ evaluation 5 July 2022
Submission of the final (revised) version of the paper 20 July 2022
Notification of inclusion of the paper in the programme 20 September 2022
Payment and registration fee 10 November 2022
Symposium 16–18 November 2022

General Information

  • Invitation

    You are invited to take part in the 41st international Obdobja Symposium on the theme of At the Juncture of Worlds: Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language, which will be held from 16 to 18 November 2022, organised by the Centre for Slovene as a Foreign and Second Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

    Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language is an integral part of Slovene reality and of Slovene Studies. It is a diverse and lively, academic, professional and applied field, which has already been present at our symposiums in the presentations of various contributors. But so far, a whole Obdobja Symposium has not been devoted to this theme. The planned 41st Obdobja Symposium is intended to fill this gap. It will place Slovene as a Second (L2) and Foreign Language (FL) in the wider context of applied Slovene Studies, the aim being to present a range of issues and challenges faced by experts within this field. The focus of discussion will be users of Slovene as L2 and FL. Of interest are all the questions connected with the planning and implementation of learning Slovene as other language, as well as wider language policy issues and issues connected with the attitudes of the language community to the various groups of language users. Discussions will cover various themes connected with the teaching, learning and use of Slovene: analysing the communication needs and practices of users of Slovene; the various factors, conditions and circumstances involved in teaching and learning; and ensuring the required content and infrastructure for implementing teaching and learning. The debates will supplement our knowledge of the development of communication skills in Slovene and clarify different aspects of the use of Slovene as L2 and FL, in the context of plurilingualism. There will also be valuable methodological discussions resulting from observing, measuring and testing Slovene language. We shall be interested in different characteristics of Slovene as a L2 and FL, including in comparison with other languages (comparative views of Slovene). We shall also find room for intercultural and multicultural issues, as well as literature. The title of the symposium deliberately has multiple meanings and points to the fact that Slovene can be a space where different worlds, cultures and languages meet, while at the same time opening up the possibility of different views from its various users of Slovene as a target language. We hope to attract as well as foreign contributors, who deal with Slovene or with other less widely used and taught languages in a similar position.

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nataša Pirih Svetina, Dr. Ina Ferbežar, presidents of the 41st Obdobja Symposium

  • Thematic Areas

    1. Slovene as a L2 and FL; oral and written production
    2. Users of Slovene and their use of Slovene as L2, FL, target language, various communication needs and practices
    3. The development of language skills in Slovene; observing, monitoring and testing
    4. Processes, factors and circumstances of Slovene language acquisition; questions of motivation and other factors involved in language learning
    5. Teaching Slovene in different environments; international aspects of Slovene
    6. Sources and handbooks for Slovene, corpora and databases; working with these
    7. The didactics of Slovene as a L2 in FL; different teaching methods and approaches; Slovene for specific purposes; textbooks and other learning / teaching materials
    8. Literature and culture, and issues of interculturality and multiculturality; foreign language authors about and in Slovene
    9. Slovene among other languages; issues of multi- and plurilingualism, language diversity, language contact and uptake
    10. Language policy and language planning in relation to Slovene as L2 or FL
  • 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, Trubarjeva cesta 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana.

    Symposium presidents

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nataša Pirih Svetina

    Dr. Ina Ferbežar

    Symposium organiser

    Assist Prof. Dr. Damjan Huber
    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. Katarzyna Bednarska, University of Lodz, Poland
    • Prof. Dr. Maja Đukanović, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Serbia
    • Dr. Ina Ferbežar, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Matejka Grgič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Dr. Mihaela Knez, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Tina Lengar Verovnik, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences; Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Gjoko Nikolovski, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
    • Dr. Mladen Pavičić, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts; Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
    • Prof. Dr. Anita Peti Stantić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nataša Pirih Svetina, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Janez Skela, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Marko Stabej, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
  • Venue

    University of Ljubljana (main building, 1st floor), Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Registering for the symposium and submitting a contribution or poster

    Upon registration, participants choose one of the available formats for their presentation:

    • Presentation with a paper: theoretical or practical research that offers an innovative perspective to any of the symposium themes
    • Presentation in the form of a poster: in particular, practical research and projects that are suitable for graphic presentation

    Registration will take place until 10 February 2022 via the symposium website (Symposium Obdobja 41, Registration Form). Upon registration, a summary needs to be submitted of around 250 words, including proposed references. By 1 March 2022 applicants will receive notice of acceptance.

    When selecting contributions, we will take into account the theme and its relevance to the section chosen, as well as clarity, comprehensiveness, variety and innovativity.

    The deadline for submission of papers is 20 May 2022 (up to 20,000 characters with spaces, including literature and notes). Guidelines for formatting the text will be sent to authors via email and will also be published on the symposium website.

    The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is 20 May 2022 (up to 1,500 characters with spaces, including literature).

    Before printing, contributions will be subject to blind review by two peer reviewers, and authors will be notified of the reviewers’ evaluation by 5 July 2022 at the latest.

    The final (corrected) version of the paper will need to be submitted by 20 July 2022; notification of inclusion in the symposium programme will be sent to participants by 20 September 2022.

    Papers and poster abstracts will be published in a thematically rounded monograph which participants will receive at the event and which will also be freely available on the website of the Centre for Slovene in the section Obdobja publications. Posters will be published on the symposium website.

  • 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 2022 is the deadline for the payment of the registration fee.
  • Presentation of a paper or poster

    The time available for the presentation is 20 minutes. For presentation of a poster the time is 10 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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