Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Faculty of Slavic Studies
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Faculty of Slavic Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” invites you to participate in its regular biennial conference on 24th and 25th April 2017, entitled:
DOMINATION AND ADAPTATION
The title “Domination and adaptation” makes a metaphoric turn to the state of contemporary confrontations and collisions happening in the academia as well as in politics. Each scientific field is challenged to reflect on the symptoms and representations of these collisions, and subsequently on their reduction through acquiring superiority or through adapting to the new circumstances.
There will be two main thematic streams at the conference of the Faculty of Slavic Studies – one in the area of linguistics, and the other in the area of literary studies.
I. Readings in linguistics
In contemporary linguistics a lot of approaches aim to interpret the language phenomena. However, as a rule of thumb they often prioritize a certain language level over the others. Formal language description or traditional linguistic analysis, synchronous or diachronous approach, morphological or syntactic level… The clashes of various ideas, languages and language phenomena are a possibility for mutual reconciliation. The current topic of the forum includes a wide range of problems, among which (but not only!) the following:
- The relations among the language levels through the viewpoint of the mutual interference or dominance: phonetics and morphology; phonetics and lexicology; lexicology and morphology; morphology and syntax; semantics and syntax; pragmatics and syntax.
- Diachrony and synchrony in the language development: aspects of adaptation, change, co-existence of various language phenomena.
- Language contacts, sprachbunds, areal or typological phenomena: ways of borrowing and adaptation.
- Literary language, areal dialects, sociolects: variety and unification.
- Contemporary linguistic theories as forms of dominance or as variants of adaptation in the construction of the language reality.
- Competing methodologies and best practices in teaching Bulgarian language in high schools and in teaching Bulgarian as foreign language.
- Interdisciplinary adaptation of linguistics to the tasks of cultural studies, anthropology, political studies, social studies.
ІІ. Readings in literature in honor of the 80th anniversary of Professor Nikola Georgiev
Lately humanities are facing the challenge of questioning their own existence. It is necessary to acknowledge and take a critical standpoint to those instances of power, which impose their criteria on the scientific discourse. There is an urgent requirement for us to adapt to the challenges of new media, and to position ourselves in the current tendency of vocation of literature to the societal issues. As a reaction to those dramatic confrontations, we call for an academic discussion of the way dominance and adaptation function in the following thematic areas:
· World literature and minoritarian literatures. Functions of geographic, linguistic and political communities, reflected in Balkan, Slavic and Western European literatures.
· Adaptation as consideration of literary conventions, critical literary apparatus. Mimesis, representation, world-formation.
· Authonomy and hetheronomy of the literary realm. Literariness, autoreferentiality, autopoiesis.
· Literary translation. Adaptivity and autonomy of the translator.
· Literary adaptation and the usage of literature in other arts and in the media.
· Superiority and adaptation of notions of otherness – utopia, dystopia, fantasy, science fiction.
· Cultural and intellectual hegemony; multiculturalism; high culture/low culture.
· Ideological domination and resistance. Conformism and non-adaptivity in literature.
Main languages of the conference: Bulgarian and English
Deadline for submission of abstracts: a resume between 1500-1800 characters to be sent by 20th March 2017
Deadline for receiving acceptance notification: 30th March 2017.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in a digital online collective volume. The papers will be peer-reviewed and indexed at СЕЕОL (Central and Eastern European Online Library) and eLIBRARY.ru (Российский индекс научного цитирования).
Deadline for sending the full papers: 30 June 2017
Participation fee: 20 euro (40 BGN) for each participant. For presentations with two and more authors the fee is based on the number of participants registered for participation at the conference venue.
Associate-professor Krasimira Aleksova PhD (head)
Dr. Habil. Prof. Roumiana L. Stantcheva
Associate-professor Ekaterina Tarpomanova, PhD
Associate-professor Diana Atanassova, PhD
Assistant-professor Nadezhda Alexandrova, PhD
Assistant-professor Maria Kalinova, PhD