In her essay Poetry and Commitment the poet Adrienne Rich celebrates the power of poetic imagination to open up different vistas: “The imagination’s roads open before us, giving the lie to that slammed and bolted door, that razor-wired fence, that brute dictum ‘There is no alternative.’ Imagination, creativity and the search for alternatives are certainly not only the characteristics of poetry, but of literature in general, as well as of science. In sciences, and in social sciences and humanities in particular, there are paradigm changes, a more or less radical turns, ’pendulum swings’ from the formal and abstract approaches towards the more functional ones, more context dependent or with a broader and more critical social orientation. As the possibility of choice among alternative forms of expression is more than a mere matter of style, so is the possibility of alternative approaches to a linguistic or a literary phenomenon a necessity that provides the better quality of insights. And, as Theodor Adorno says in a collection of essays Minima Moraila: “Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them.“
The aim of the conference Language, Literature, Alternatives is to explore and discuss the relationship between language, literature and alternatives within their contexts. This can include the critical examining of various alternative theoretical and methodological approaches in linguistics, literary theory and culture studies, the alternatives that literary works offer to the dominant ideological views of the world, alternatives to literary and language cannons, analyses of alternative literary forms or language constructions, as well as other topics dealing with alternatives in the given disciplines.
We are also pleased to announce that the plenary speakers for the Language, Literature. Alternatives conference are:
Dr. Orin Percus, full professor of linguistics, University of Nantes, France
Dr. Zoran Paunović, a corresponding member of SASA, full professor of Anglo-American literature, Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad and Faculty of Philology, Belgrade
Conference languages are English and Serbian, for 15-minute presentations followed by 5-minute discussion time.
If you would like to participate, please fill in the registration form attached to this Call and submit it no later than January 30th, 2020 to the following address:
The submitted abstracts will be reviewed and assessed according to their compatibility with the conference topic, academic merit, originality of the theme, approach and research. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2020. A selection of papers will be published after the conference in a peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings.
The conference fee is 60 Euros (also payable in dinars), covering organisational costs, conference folder, refreshments during coffee breaks, buffet lunch on April 24th, and snacks before the closing of the conference on April 25th , as well as the costs of conference proceedings publication.
The conference fee in dinars is payable to the Faculty of Philosophy Niš bank account 840-1818666-89, reference number 74212125, the purpose of payment: conference fee for the conference “Language, Literature, Alternatives”, and in euros to the Faculty of Philosophy Niš account 500100-100146351 (SWIFT: NBSRRSBG, Iban: RS35908500100014635165) or in cash, immediately before the beginning of the conference, at the registration desk. The participants are required to keep the receipt of the conference fee payment and to present it at registration.
Conference dinner party (10 Euros) on April 24th 2020 is optional.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Niš!