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GRANASLAVIC 2019, "Jornadas Andaluzas de Eslavística”
The Slavic conference, which took place on July 9-11, 2019 at the Translation Department of the University of Granada in Spain, can be without hesitation described as one of the hottest scientific events of this summer. The attraction was not only the place itself - not without reason, the old Spanish proverb says that whoever did not see Grenada did not see anything - but also the subject matter; it should be noted that the last conference organized by the section of Slavic philology of the local university took place in 2014 - and who knows, maybe we’ll wait next five years for another edition?
The conference took place in historic buildings located in the very center of this pearl of Andalusian architecture. Those who came a day earlier could also listen to the one-day symposium XVI JORNADAS-HISPANO RUSAS DE TRADUCCIÓN E INTERPRETACIÓN on the translation in Russian-Spanish combination. I must admit that the lectures on that day were extremely interesting - you can see that they gathered real specialists in their field. There was also a representation from Poland in this part - dr hab. Edyta Silvia Waluch-De la Torre from the University of Warsaw talked about psychological factors affecting simultaneous translation, which she studied during her stay at the University of Grenada as a scholarship holder of the Bekker Program.
The proper Slavic conference began on July 9. During the inauguration, the guests were welcomed by, among others, Prof. Simón J. Suárez Cuadros, the director of the Slavic philology section at the University of Granada. Then the plenary lecture was given by Prof. Laura Janda from the Norwegian Arctic University. She talked about the SMART program held by her research group, based on corpus research, which is designed to support learning Russian as a foreign language. After the official part, the participants split into sections, which were divided according to both thematic areas and languages. Speeches could be given in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Montenegrin, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Serbian - as befits a true Slavic conference. The topics of the speeches focused on such areas as: media, political discourse and international relations; oral and written translation; literature and culture of Slavic countries; linguistics; history, culture and worldview; learning and methodologies of Slavic languages. Everyone could find something for themselves.
As one of the particularly interesting speeches in Polish, one should mention the presentation of Dr. Ilona Narębska from the University of Alicante, who talked about her experience in teaching Polish to Spanish students.
The organizers of the conference also made sure that participants not only experienced many scientific, but also artistic, culinary and sightseeing experiences, so they provided both guided tours of Grenada, a flamenco performance and a farewell dinner.
I think that nobody left Grenada disappointed, and most participants are happy to return to their holiday memories - by writing a conference article to the electronic magazine Mundo Eslavo published by the University of Grenada.
Magdalena Zakrzewska-Verdugo, Comenius University in Bratislav
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