Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature
The Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature is a conference organized by the Institute of Linguistics and Literature Studies (former Institute of Modern Languages and Interdisciplinary Research) at Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities since 2015.
The idea of launching an annual conference originated from the reviewed monograph series Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature started in 2014 with Volume I titled “Novel Approaches in Language, Literature and Culture Studies,” and continued in 2015 with Volume II “From Word to Discourse.” In order to open the series to authors from other research centres and facilitate the exchange of information with them, we decided to start a yearly discussion forum for everyone interested in topics ranging from literature and culture to linguistics.
We hope that our new undertaking will be welcomed by all scholars, who are warmly invited to attend it, share their research findings during a friendly face-to-face discourse and participate in the conference proceedings.
7th Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature
to be held online for the purpose of presenting unpublished research findings
in English on November 24-25th, 2022.
The leitmotif of the conference is:
between and beyond cyclicity and newness
in literature, language, and philosophy
Representation constitutes a particularly important concern in present-day literary, linguistic, and philosophical discourses. Amitav Ghosh has famously referred to the contemporary situation as ‘a crisis of culture, and thus of the imagination’. In what ways does this crisis affect representation as both a concept and a practice?
One angle on the problem includes genre. In the context of the Anthropocene, traditional genres, including the novel, grow increasingly incapable of dealing with the complexity of the world beyond the human realms of knowledge and existence. As changing apprehensions of space, time, and character become more and more widespread, can literary texts break through their cyclical forms of representation into the newness of multiple temporal and spatial scales, as well as other-than-human forms of narrative?
Another angle on the problem of representation involves the recycling of past receptions of literature for the purpose of present-day critical, political, and social agendas. As the author-work-reader approach gives way to the pressures of post-Barthian readings of canonical texts, does such a move contribute to the crisis of representation? Or does it open up critically new spaces for representation?
The problem of representation equally concerns the ways in which the discourse-functional aspects of linguistic knowledge represent language. In particular, this relates to various forms of symbolic representation (symbols, symbolism, representations of an utterance), the representation of semantic and cultural knowledge in the mind/brain, formal and cognitive models of grammar and grammatical knowledge, meaning construction in discourse, pragmatic and discourse functional aspects of symbolic representation, mental representations (semantic frames, domains, and idealized cognitive models), the relationships between language, culture, and the mind, different forms of representation of utterances in translation, and representation of grammatical and semantic knowledge in dictionaries and other reference works.
In addition, we will be interested in considering how philosophical debates have approached the problem of representation by considering alternatives, such as expressivism and pragmatism. The Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, and the Philosophy of the Mind distance themselves from the rootlessness of representation, insisting instead on the roles of individuals in acting and expressing themselves, on the one hand, and representing their actions in the form of narratives, on the other. Can the form, content, and strategies of narratives hold the key to representation?
Suggested Research Areas
- representation as a problem of narrative and rhetorical language
- the Anthropocene and the problem of representation
- representation as a construction from particular subject positions
- literary theories and representation of the past
- politics of representation
- poetics of representation
- representation as the reflection of a transparent record of reality
- the loss of a referent and the crisis of representation
- the representation of science and technology in children’s literature
- models of representation in translation
- ethics of representation in translation
- theorization and representation in linguistics
- representation in discourse analysis
- text representation: linguistic and cognitive aspects
- lexicographic representations of meaning
The previous conferences:
2021 – Hybridity in theory and practice: cross-field perspectives, 6th Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature, November 25-26th, 2021.
2020 – Between clarity and fuzziness. Investigating the concept of meaning in linguistic, literary and philosophical contexts, 5th Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature 27/11/2020
2019 – (Un)Intentional Communication across Fields of Culture, Media, Language, and Literature, 4th Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature, 31/05/2019.
2018 – Discourse Studies across Fields of Culture, Media, Language, and Literature, 3rd Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature, 20/04/2018.
2017 – Discourse in Humorousness/Seriousness Dichotomy in Language, Culture and Literature, 2nd Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature, 28/04/2017.
2016 – Uses, Misuses, Abuses of Language in Literature Culture and Linguistics, 1st Annual Siedlce Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature, 14/10/2016.