Živo branje: literatura, znanost in humanistika / Reading Live: Literature, Science and Humanities
9. mednarodni komparativistični kolokvij / 9th International Comparative Literature Colloquium VILENICA 2010
September 8 – 9, 2011, Lipica, Slovenia
(call for papers)
Together with Slovenian Writers' Association, the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Department for Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana), Slovenian Comparative Literature Association will host the 9th annual International Comparative Literature Colloquium, entitled Reading Live: Literature, Science and Humanities.
The international colloquium traditionally promotes up-to date research results of Slovenian comparative literary studies and its interdisciplinary affiliations with the humanities. Taking place in Slovenia, the event serves a systematic integration of comparative literary studies in the international exchange of research results.
The international colloquium entitled Reading Live: Literature, Science and Humanities will offer three thematically divided albeit interconnected and overlapping problematics. The first one will examine the contemporary relevance of humanities and transgressive literary thought for the historiographic and nomothetic epistemological positions of scientific knowledge. Following up from the first, the second focus will be on the field of literature as a living, inconclusive or non-finalised totality, and particularly on the autopoiesis of living systems as they are conceptualised by both science and the humanities. Finally, the third problematic will include conceptual questions of performativity in relation to performativity as an aesthetic and social effect of literary practice on the one hand and as an imposed imperative of science policy on the other.
Possible themes include but are not limited to: life, reflexivity, dialogism and narrativisation in science, the humanities and literature; the nomothetic vs. idiographic knowledge; the linguistic turn in semiotics, physics and biology; the performativity of literary discourse; historicity of knowledge; realism and the real.
As such, the topic of interfacing literature, science and humanities revisits and develops the social and cultural contextualisation of literature, which was addressed already by the previous three colloquia: The Author: Who or What Writes Literature? (2008), Who Chooses? Literature and Literary Mediation (2009) and Who Reads? Perspectives on Reading Research (2010).
The proceedings of the conference will be published in a special bilingual (Slovenian and English) edition of the Slovenian Comparative Literature Association journal Primerjalna književnost (Comparative Literature, www.zrc-sazu.si/sdpk, indexed by A&HCI).
The colloquium will form part of the 26th annual Vilenica International Literary Festival. It will take place in the village Lipica, located in the beautiful Karst region close to Slovenian-Italian border. The colloquium will be held on September 8 – 9, 2011 at the Lipica Wedding Hall.
Invitation. We would like to encourage everyone who might be interested in the topic to send us a paper proposal. The proposals of no more than 250 words should include the title of the presentation and the full address and affiliation of the applicant.
Please email proposals in English, by July 1, 2011, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. As the number of speakers is limited to twelve, we will be forced to make a selection of proposals arriving on time that will best suit the aims and purposes of the conference. You will be notified about our decision by July 28.
Further guidelines. If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to send a short curriculum (5 lines), a photograph and an abstract of 500-1000 words (in English) to be translated to Slovenian. The working language of the conference will be English. In order to leave enough time for discussion, presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
Conference facilities. Conference room facilities include an LCD-projector. Normally, the projector will be – when necessary – used for simultaneous translations from Slovenian to English, but you can also use them as a tool for your presentations.
Travel and accommodation. The organisers will offer free transport to Lipica from the Jožef Pučnik airport in Ljubljana. The invited speakers will be accommodated in the Maestoso hotel in Lipica (all meals included). Participants of the colloquium are welcome to attend other festival events during their stay in Lipica; local transfers to various festival venues will be provided free of charge.