Daugavpils University Faculty of Humanities
International Scientific Conference "XXX Scientific Readings"
January 30-31, 2020

The annual international conference “Scientific Readings” organized by the Faculty of Humanities (FH) of Daugavpils University (DU) is a big research event that represents the major spheres of the humanities, research subjects, methodologies, and interdisciplinary innovations at the faculty.

The mission of the “Scientific Readings” of DU is to bring together researchers to discuss topical issues in linguistics, literary science, history, and culture, applying both traditional, approbated and modern, interdisciplinary research methodologies to characterizing the processes of the humanities, sustain and establish research contacts.

Special focus of the conference is on those research trends that the FH of DU specialize in – comparative literature, contrastive linguistics, translation studies, regional studies, oral history and identity research.


Conference workgroups:

1. THE BALTIC LANGUAGES: SYNCHRONY AND DIACHRONY [+]

The participants of the workgroup are invited to discuss the research of linguistic units of various levels in the synchronic and the diachronic aspect, the research on the Baltic languages in the contrastive and the comparative aspect. The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Valoda dažādu kultūru kontekstā”/ “Language in Various Cultural Contexts” Nr. 30 (ISSN 1691-6042), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Latvian, Lithuanian, and English.

2. THE SLAVIC LANGUAGES IN THE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT [+]

It is envisaged to consider the complex of the problems related to the research of the Slavic languages from the viewpoint of synchrony and diachrony, in the aspect of theory and pragmatics. The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Valoda dažādu kultūru kontekstā” / “Language in Various Cultural Contexts” Nr. 30 (ISSN 1691-6042), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Russian, Polish, Latvian, and English.

3. CURRENT RESEARCH ISSUES IN GERMAN STUDIES [+]

The participants of the workgroup are invited to discuss different strands of research in German Studies: linguistics, literature studies, and cultural studies, theoretical and practical aspects of translation studies. The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Valoda dažādu kultūru kontekstā” / “Language in Various Cultural Contexts” Nr. 30 (ISSN 1691-6042), and the peer-reviewed collection of scientific articles “Vēsture: avoti un cilvēki” / “History: Sources and People” No. 23 (ISSN 1691-9297); both collections are included in the international database EBSCO. Working language: German.
Working language: German.
NEUESTE GERMANISTISCHE FORSCHUNGEN Die Sektion „Neueste germanistische Forschungen“ lädt Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler dazu ein, ihre aktuellen Foschungen in verschiedenen Bereichen der Germanistik, etwa der Linguistik, der Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, Translationstheorie und -praxis, zu präsentieren.

Die Beiträge der Sektion werden im wissenschaftlichen Periodikum „Valoda dažādu kultūru kontekstā” Nr. 30 (ISSN 1691-6042) („Die Sprache im Kontext verschiedener Kulturen“) oder im Konferenzband „Vēsture: avoti un cilvēki” Nr. 23 (ISSN 1691-9297) („Geschichte: Quellen und Menschen”), der in der Datenbank EBSCO gelistet ist, veröffentlicht. Arbeitssprachen: Deutsch.

4. THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: SYNCHRONY AND DIACHRONY [+]

The participants of the conference are invited to discuss the research of linguistic units of various levels in the synchronic and the diachronic aspect; the research on languages in the contrastive, the comparative and the sociolinguistic aspects.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection „Valoda dažādu kultūru kontekstā”/ “Language in Various Cultural Contexts” Nr. 29 (ISSN 1691-6042), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working language: English.

5. MODERN STUDIES IN TRANSLATOLOGY [+]

In the workgroup it is envisaged to consider the theoretical aspects of modern translatology, to address important issues in translation practices: analysis of translations, comparison of translations, translators' personalities and experience, problems of oral translation, modern technologies in an interpreter and translator's work.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection „Valoda dažādu kultūru kontekstā”/ “Language in Various Cultural Contexts” Nr. 29 (ISSN 1691-6042), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: English, Latvian, Russian.

6. THE ‘OWN’, THE ‘STRANGE’, THE ‘OTHER’ IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE  [+]

The components of the paradigm of the ‘own’, the ‘strange’, the ‘other’ are essential categories in the development of human self-confidence and a significant gnoseological tool in studies in cross-cultural interaction. The participants of the work-group are invited to consider the controversial relationship between universal and specific, explicit and implicated, and other parameters which determine interaction among the ‘own’, the ‘strange’, the ‘other’ in literature and culture of different epochs; the contents of the categories and specific features of its transformation in the context of different national literatures and cultures.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection „Kultūras studijas” / „Culture Studies” No. 13 (ISSN 1691-6026), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Latvian, English, Russian.

7. BIOPOLITICS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE [+]

Biopolitics is an innovative interdisciplinary concept whose principles can be formulated by considering different views and insights into the relationship between biology and politics. In biopolitical technologies both heredity and overlap are present, which in the aspect of identity provide an opportunity to comprehend and describe the “own” – what is ‘one’s own’ and what is inherited and taken over. The participants of the work-group are invited to consider self-representation of the post-totalitarian society, an ability for an objective self-determination and a power to free one’s own identity from the layers of the totalitarian time period; biopolitical concepts of the totalitarian and post-totalitarian literature connected with representation of an identity, self victimisation and selfcolonization, commemoration, the concept of the powerless and the helpless.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Literatūra un kultūra: process, mijiedarbība, problēmas” / “Literature and Culture: Process, Interaction, Problems” No. 21 (ISSN 2243-6960), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Latvian, English, and Russian.

8. HISTORY: SOURCES AND PEOPLE [+]

We invite historians to present the results of their research. There are no thematic or any other (chronological, spatial localization, etc.) restrictions; the obligatory condition is that the paper reflects the researcher’s work with historical sources.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Vēsture: avoti un cilvēki” / “History: Sources and People” No. 23 (ISSN 1691-9297), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Latvian, English, and Russian.

9. 100 YEARS AGO: LATVIAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE SITUATION IN DAUGAVPILS IN 1920  [+]

The working group focuses on events in Daugavpils 100 years ago. It is planned to look at the military and political aspects of the War of Independence, as well as the political, economic and cultural events of the first year of the Republic of Latvia in Daugavpils.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Vēsture: avoti un cilvēki” / “History: Sources and People” No. 23 (ISSN 1691-9297), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Latvian, English, and Russian.

The work-groups organized in the framework of the conference do not envisage the presentation of papers on methodology of teaching. We kindly request all the applicants to evaluate the compliance of the theme proposed with the indicative abstracts provided.

Participation fee for "XXX Scientific Readings" of DU the Faculty of the Humanities – 50.00 EUR.
Other types of participation:

  • for DU employees and DU doctoral students: 15.00 EUR;
  • for participants - non-presenters and/or accompanying person: 20.00 EUR;
  • for participants with multiple papers: 50.00 EUR for the first paper, 35.00 EUR for each additional paper;
  • for multiple authors of the same paper: 50.00 EUR for the primary author and 30.00 EUR for each co-author;

Proposals for the conference have to be submitted online on the conference website: lasijumi.du.lv

The conference website provides detailed abstracts of the conference work-groups, information on publishing conference materials and accommodation possibilities.

The deadline for applications is 29 November, 2019.

The correspondence of every paper to the theme of the respective work-group will be considered by the Steering Committee on the basis of the abstract submitted. The notification of the acceptance and the inclusion of the paper into the conference programme will have been sent (by e-mail) by 16 December 2019.

Articles developed on the basis of the papers presented at the conference are to be submitted by 2 March 2020. All submitted articles will be blind-reviewed and the decision on publishing the article will be taken by the respective scientific board of editors.

The participation fee is to be paid at registration or by transfer to the DU account by 10 January 2020.

The account:
  Receiver: Daugavpils University
  VAT Reg. Nr.: LV90000065985
  Address: Vienibas street 13, Daugavpils, LV-5401
  Bank: Valsts Kase
  BIC: TRELLV22
  Account Nr: LV15TREL9150210000000
  Purpose of the payment: Sub-account: 01016; Participation fee for the conference “FH 30th Scientific Readings”.

Conference Contacts:
  Daugavpils University
  Vienības street 13, Daugavpils, LV-5401
  Phone: +371 65424238
  Fax: +371 65422611;
  e-mail: hfzl@du.lv