Mapping Balkan routes:

  literary, cultural and linguistic landscapes

           University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali"            

 

 

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International Conference organized by the Department of Foreign Languages and the Department of Albanian Language and Literature, University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali" in collaboration with the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade

Mapping Balkan routes: literary, cultural and linguistic landscapes

8-9 September 2017

Vlorë, Albania

 

Keynote speakers:

Prof.Shaban Sinani, Academy of Sciences, Albania

Prof.Mirjana Marinkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Under the auspices of Prof. Roland Zisi, Rector of the University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali"

 

Important dates:

Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2017

Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2017

Registration: 15 August 2017

Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2017

 

Interest in Balkan Studies, especially among scholars from the Balkans, has increased considerably. Being such a unique region, the Balkans have stirred the imagination of writers, travelers, scholars and the like. The aim of the conference is to gather together scholars from the Balkan region and worldwide who share an interest in Balkan studies. The conference promises to offer multidisciplinary perspectives in various fields of Balkan studies, namely in literature, cultural and language studies. It will be open to complementary and alternative ideas and interpretations. One of the main ambitions will be tackling taboo topics with the intention to overcome any forms of ordinary fanaticism, bias, fabricated antagonism, prejudices and stereotypes.

The region offers loads of potential for investigation. In this regard, we hope that the topic of this conference would prove challenging enough to attract scholars to share their research in the field. 

 

Some possible topics the conference aims at addressing include:

 

  1. Balkan linguistic links: coincidence or lawfulness.
  2. Issues of hierarchy in Balkan linguistic links.
  3. Balkan linguistic links: neighbouring or genetic sources.
  4. Essential balkanisms in the languages of the region: the presence of the schwa phoneme, the postpositive definite article, double definiteness, evidentiality, loss of synthetic infinitive.
  5. Antibalkanisms (afterAndrej Sobolev etc.)
  6. Balkan linguistics and Eurolinguistics
  7. Languages in contact: language border and state border
  8. Bilingualism, the language of the other
  9. Language islands in the Balkans as issues in Ethnolinguistics and Anthropolinguistics
  10. Language “disintegrations” in the Balkans in the last 25 years
  11. Living in an aloglot environment
  12. Native languages and second languages after the latest censuses in the Balkan countries
  13. The medieval background of folk ballads in the Balkans
  14. Pagan ritual songs in the Balkans
  15. Evangelical spirit in ritual songs (llazore, ristozi, evanghelismos, motmoti,Pentecost)
  16. Bilingual bards as a Balkan phenomenon
  17. The theory of oral-formulaic composition according to Homer scholars Milman Parry and Albert Lord.
  18. The other in the Balkan oral tradition
  19. Is there empathy in the Balkan oral tradition?
  20. The Battle of Kosovo Field (1389) in the Balkan epic poems
  21. The lute and the gusla
  22. ‘Kumbaria’in the Balkans
  23. The Albanian man in the pre-writing tradition in the Balkans
  24. Ethnonyms, endonyms, exonyms, archeonyms in the Balkans
  25. Bilingual writers in the Balkans
  26. Balkan literary symmetry: PetarNegošandGjergjFishta
  27. GjonBuzuku’sMeshari (The Missal): in search of the paratext
  28. Poetic similarities and affinities:Migjeni, SreckoKosoveland Miroslav Krleza
  29. Resemblances from folk paratexts: Ismail Kadare, NikoKazanzakisand Ivo Andric
  30. Social literature in the Balkans and zenitism
  31. Social realism/s in the Balkans
  32. The literature of the other in scholarly studies
  33. Results of comparative literature in the Balkans
  34. The model of Latin-American literature, the model of Scandinavian literature. Is there such a thing as Balkan literature?
  35. Writing in the language of the other. The case of literatures of the former Yugoslavian peoples
  36. Minority literatures in the Balkans
  37. Ethnocentrism and eurocentrism in the Balkan cultures
  38. Protagonism and antagonism in the Balkan cultures
  39. Intercultural Balkan overlapping
  40. Hate speech in the Balkan cultures
  41. Looking at yourself in the mirror: a utopia in the Balkans?
  42. Scientific volunteering and its implications in the Balkan cultures

 

Papers are welcomed from but are not limited to:

 

  • Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Literary studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Translation studies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Communication studies
  • Media studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Semiotics
  • Pragmatics

 

The conference languages are English, Albanian and Serbian. Please send your abstracts (about 250 words) for papers (20 min) as an MS word attachment to the following Email-addresses:

 

bledar.toska@univlora.edu.al (for paper proposals in English and Albanian)

merima.krijezi@fil.bg.ac.rs (for paper proposals in Serbian)

 

by 15 July 2017.

 

A selection of papers will be published in the journal Silk Roads, a joint publication of the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade and the Faculty of Humanities, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”.

 

For more information, please visit the conference website, mbr2017.univlora.edu.al.

 

Keynote speakers:

 

Prof.Shaban Sinani, Academy of Sciences, Albania

Prof.Mirjana Marinkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

Under the auspices of Prof. Roland Zisi, Rector of the University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”

The conference will take place at Building A (the Rectorate Building), University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”, Vlore, Albania.

 

Address:


Skelë, Rruga Kosova, Vlorë 9401

Vlore, Albania

Please follow this (http://univlora.edu.al) to learn more about the University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”, Vlore and its location

Tirana International Airport "Mother Teresa" is the only international airport in Albania, which offers flights from and to many European destinations. Please visit the website for more information.

Vlora is situated in the southwest of Albania. It is about two-hour-and-a half drive (140 km) from Tirana, the capital of Albania and approximately the same distance to the country’s international airport.

Conference participation is FREE for presenters but registration is required. Please download the registration form here and email the completed form to bledar.toska@univlora.edu.al.  

Below you will find a list of suggested hotels. Please click on the hotel names to find more information about them. Conference participants are expected to make hotel reservations for themselves.

The following hotels are situated by the seaside and only minutes from the university’s main building:

Hotel Pavaresia is a three-star hotel overlooking the harbour and facing the university’s main building (the Rectorate Building). It is about 2-3 min walk to it.

Hotel Vlora International is a five-star hotel by the seaside and about 4-5 min from the university’s main building.

Hotel Primavera is a three-star hotel overlooking the coast and about 15 min from the university’s main building.

Hotel Bologna is a three-star hotel overlooking the sea and about 4-5 min from the university’s main building.

Hotel Ramosaco is a three-star hotel and about 20 min drive from the university's main building.

The following hotels are not situated by the seaside but are within walking distance of the university’s main building:

Hotel Riviera is a three-star hotel and about 12 min from the university’s main building.

Hotel Martini is a two-star hotel and about 8 min from the university’s main building.

Hotel Tozo is a three-star hotel and about 12 min from the university’s main building.

For more information about accommodation in Vlore we recommend visiting the following websites:

Vlora Guide
Hotel.Al - Hotels in Vlore
ATHS Albanian Travel and Hospitality Service 
TripAdvisor

Academic Committee

Prof. Roland Zisi

Prof. Francesco Altimari

Prof. Matteo Mandalà

Prof.Shaban Sinani

Prof.Ljiljana Markovic

Prof.Vesna Polovina

Prof.Julijana Vuco

Prof.Jelena Filipovic

Prof.Bardhosh Gaçe

Prof.Nexhip Merkuri

Prof.AgimVinca

Assoc. Prof.Luçiano Boçi

Assoc. Prof.Armela Panajoti              

Assoc. Prof.Bledar Toska

Assoc. Prof.Teuta Toska

Dr. Vilma Bello                                              

Dr.Mariglena Meminaj                                   

Dr.Migena Balla

Dr.Kastriot Gjika

Dr.Merima Krijezi

Organizing Committee

Assoc. Prof. Armela Panajoti

Assoc. Prof. Bledar Toska

Dr. Vilma Bello

Dr. Ermir Xhindi

Dr. Mariglena Meminaj

Dr. Edlira Çerkezi

Dr.Merima Krijezi

 

The provisional conference programme is available here.

The final conference programme will be available by mid-August.

The conference languages are English, Albanian and Serbian. Please send your abstracts (about 250 words) for papers (20 min) as an MS word attachment to the following Email-addresses:

bledar.toska@univlora.edu.al (for paper proposals in English and Albanian)

merima.krijezi@fil.bg.ac.rs (for paper proposals in Serbian)

by 15 July 2017.

Abstracts should include:

title of paper
name and affiliation
e-mail address
section
3-5 keywords

The final list of the conference participants can be downloaded here.

A selection of papers will be published in the journal Silk Roads, a joint publication of the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade and the Faculty of Humanities, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”.

 

 Further information will be sent to the authors in due time. 

Conference photos will be available here soon after the conference.

For any queries, please contact the conference organizers at:

bledar.toska@univlora.edu.al

 

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