Daugavpils University Faculty of Humanities
International Scientific Conference "XXXI Scientific Readings"
January 28-29, 2021

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. 31 (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. 31 (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. 31 (ISSN 1691-6042), and the peer-reviewed collection of scientific articles “Vēsture: avoti un cilvēki” / “History: Sources and People” No. 24 (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. 31 (ISSN 1691-6042) („Die Sprache im Kontext verschiedener Kulturen“) oder im Konferenzband „Vēsture: avoti un cilvēki” Nr. 24 (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. 31 (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. 31(ISSN 1691-6042), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: English, Latvian, Russian.

6. LAUGHTER AND TEARS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE  [+]

Laughter and tears are important components of the human experience with complex relationships of internal acceptance and rejection, reflecting a wide range of problems of human interaction with the world. The participants of the workgroup are invited to consider the specifics of implementing the categories of laughter and tears in the literature and culture of different epochs, to analyse structural, semantic and genre features of the formation of these categories in different national literary and cultural traditions in order to identify the specific features and general cultural aspects of the problem.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed research paper collection “Kultūras studijas” / “Culture Studies” No. 14 (ISSN 1691-6026), included in the international database EBSCO.
Working languages: Latvian, English, Russian.

7. LIFE WRITING: TRADITION AND NOVELTY [+]

The section addresses diachronic and synchronic studies of life writing, regarding life writing as an umbrella term for actual or fictional autobiography, biography, life story, epistolary literature, etc. Suggested aspects for discussion include the problem of genre, poetics and topics of life writing, comparative approach, text communicative aspects and others.
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. 22 (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. 24 (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.

Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic “XXXI Scientific Readings” will be held as a virtual event using ZOOM platform; certificates of participation will be sent after the conference.

Participation fee for "XXXI Scientific Readings" of DU the Faculty of the Humanities – 40.00 EUR.
Other types of participation:
  • DU doctoral students: 15.00 EUR;
  • for participants - non-presenters: 5.00 EUR;
  • for participants with multiple papers: 40.00 EUR for the first paper, 30.00 EUR for each additional paper;
  • for multiple authors of the same paper: 40.00 EUR for the primary author and 30.00 EUR for each co-author;

The deadline for applications is 18 December 2020.

The correspondence of every paper to the theme of the respective workgroup 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 22 December 2020.

Articles developed on the basis of the papers presented at the conference should be submitted before 2 March 2021. 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 should be paid by transfer to the DU account before 15 January 2021.

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 31 Scientific Readings”.

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