CFP: Slavic Literary Studies Deconstructed – Translating Ukraine

Deadline: October 20, 2022

CfP Announcement:

The Hryhoriy Kochur Department of Translation Studies and Contrastive Linguistics, Department of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature Studies in partnership with the Center for Academic and Cross-Cultural Communication of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv under the co-organizational support of Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences cordially invite you to participate in the international e-conference SLAVIC LITERARY STUDIES DECONSTRUCTED: TRANSLATING UKRAINE (November 7-8, 2022) that aims to revisit the role, positioning and impact of Ukrainian studies that stood for decades – together with Polish, Czech and Slovakian scholarship – in the shadow of Russian studies within the world leading Slavic academic centers.

As the research community strives for in‐depth investigations into this unduly neglected situation, some researchers have rightly expressed concerns over the academic rigor and trustworthiness of modern Slavic studies with its unequal if not manipulative representations of cultures. Numerous departments of “Russian and Slavic Studies” inviting students to acquire knowledge of Russian literature, culture and language with the elements of other Slavic cultures seem to view the latter as the Other, which, in Said’s sense, is constrained within the frames of imperial knowledge imposed by Russia.

As the paradigm shift in the Slavic Studies is inevitable, the present conference is a research-based, scholarly response to the current moment that calls for deep rethinking of the area, re-reading and actualizing the multi-perspective Ukrainian narrative and opening up new intellectual perspectives. The event will provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers and educators in Slavic Studies to present and discuss the most recent concerns, trends and thematic innovations.

The participants of the conference are invited to expand the discussion on the following aspects:deciphering the multivoicedness of Slavic Studies in the “world republic of letters”, in Pascale Casanova’s terms; retranslating Ukraine to the world through the relevant and adequate presentation of its literature and cultural heritage on the global scene; problematizing the agency, paratextual framing and reception of translations of Ukrainian literature, both contemporary and classic; contesting the Russian-bound perspective in Slavic Studies.

Organizing Committee invites proposals for presentations on any theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological aspect of research related to the conference theme.

The official conference languages are English and Ukrainian. Simultaneous interpreting will be provided.

Keynote speakers confirmed to date:

Rory Finnin, University Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

Oleh Ilnytzkyj, Professor Emeritus of Ukrainian Literature, Language & Culture, University of Alberta, Canada

Mariya Zubrytska, Associate Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literary Studies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine

Marko Pavlyshyn, Emeritus Professor in the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, Monash University, Australia.

Two categories of proposals will be considered: (i) individual papers; (ii) panels.

Proposals for individual papers: Each paper presentation will be scheduled for 15-20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. For individual presentations, a max. 350-word abstract (including references) and a bio-note should be sent to the organizing committee by October 20, 2022.

Proposals for panels: Panels make up a collection of up to four paper presentations, each paper will be scheduled for 15-20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Panel organizers are asked to submit the panel abstracts with a list of invited speakers en bloc to the organizing by October 20, 2022.


Deadline for submission of proposals October 20, 2022

Notification of acceptance October 27, 2022

Deadline for registration for non-presenting participants November 4, 2022 (please send to the conference email address your contact information).


Professor Oksana Dzera
Associate Professor Iryna Odrekhivska

Professor Olena Haleta
Associate Professor Maryana Hirnyak

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