full name / name of organization:
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Philology
Banja Luka Philological Convention
The Faculty of Philology at the University of Banja Luka is organising an international conference on
FIRST WORLD WAR: REFLECTION IN LITERATURE, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
, to be held
13-14 October 2014
. Confirmed plenary speakers are Prof Svetozar Koljevic
(Serbian Academy of
Sciences and Arts) and Prof Nicholas Birns (The New School for Liberal Arts, New York).
The Great War, even 100 years after its outbreak, represents an important aspect of the collective
consciousness of modern man. Its development and outcome are nowadays determining to a great extent, not
only the socio-political and economic development but also the cultural development of humanity. In that
respect, this war has significantly marked war, post-war and contemporary literature, language and culture.
Therefore, the aim of this conference is to survey the influence of the First World War on literature, language
and culture from 1914 to present day.
The organisers' idea is to gain insight into the influence of the Great War from as many points of view as
possible in the light of literary, linguistic and cultural theories. Consequently, the framework for work and
discussion during the conference will be broadly conceived and will include languages, literatures and
cultures of the disciplines studied at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Banja Luka (Serbian,
English, German, Italian, French and Russian language, literature and culture). As potential topics we
First World War in Literature
The Linguistic Legacy of the War
War Poetry and Idealism
Language of the War
History, Identity and Nationalism in Language, Literature and Culture
Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives
Demolition and Extension of Linguistic Boundaries
War Metaphors and War as a Metaphor
Working conference languages are Serbian, English, German, Italian, French and Russian.
Email your abstract of up to 300 words, with keywords before 25 June to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be
notified of the acceptance of your abstract by 30 June 2014. Your conference presentation should last 15
The conference fee is 50 euros, or 100 BAM, and will be payable at the Faculty of Philology registration.
The fee includes the conference packet, refreshments, coffees and sandwiches during breaks, the conference
dinner and the book of proceedings which will be published after the conference.
For 15 October, organisers have planned an excursion by bus to the former royal city Jajce, the Krupa falls,
the Balkana resort and the Vrbas canyon.
Further conference information can be found at www.banjalukafil.com