• October 8, 2015
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Vilnius – bilingual writers’ creativity

In Vilnius, academics from Poland and Lithuania discuss the cultural and historical background of bilingual writers’ works, the problem of identity in the literary achievements of bilingual authors as well as the Polish-Lithuanian bilingualism. In Vilnius, the academic conference “bilingual Polish and Lithuanian authors. The aspects of biligualism in the Polish and Lithuanian cultures. Literature-culture-language” has begun on the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences.

The promoters of the conference are the following: Centre of the Polish language, Culture and Education, Language Department of the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Language Studies’ Department “East-West”, Language Department of the University of Białystok. During the course of two days, the literature studies’ researchers from Poland and Lithuania will discuss the following issues: the life and works of Lithuanian and Polish bilingual writers from the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the 19th century till the present times, poetics of the lyrics of bilingual authors, their stylistic choices, Polish-Lithuanian bilingualism in the context of modern comparative literature, the place of bilingual writers in the fusion of Lithuanians and Poles’ national literature, Polish-Lithuanian bilingual authors among other cutures and languages.

The formal opening of the conference, which was assisted by prof. Algirda Gaižutis, the university president of the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, was held in the grand university lecture hall. The topic which perfectly described the subject of the symposium “the dialogue of Czesław Miłosz and Tomas Venclova” opened the plenary session. After noon, the conference will take place in three sections: “Bilingual writers: classics, XIX century”, Bilingual authors’ creativity: the dimensions of modern times” and “Cultural sources and background of bilingualism”. The lectures will be devoted to the works of writers, such as: Władysław Syrokomla, Jan Czeczot, Česlavas Šaduikis, Józef Albin Herbaczewski, Tadeusz Miciński, Mironis, Mykolas Sluckis, Władysław Abramowicz, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa, Tadeusz Konwicki.

On Friday, the conference’ participants will move to the family residence of Czesław Miłosz in Šeteniai, which is the place of the activity of Czesław Miłosz Centre of Culture. The session will cover the creativity of the Polish Nobel Prize winner.

Based on: Inf.wł.

Translated by Agnieszka Galek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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