9 Mar 20:00

The European Union Prize for Literature: A Recipe for International Success?

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), an annual initiative to recognise the best emerging fiction writers in Europe, aims at highlighting the rich fabric of European literary talent and the various stories deriving from its many cultures. The award not only celebrates creativity and the power of storytelling, but is also an important catalyst for the authors' international promotion. The round table discussion participants include Czech writer Lucie Faulerová, Fabula featured author and winner of the EU Prize for Literature, and several Slovenian authors, previous EUPL winners (Gabriela Babnik, Jasmin B. Frelih, Anja Mugerli…). 

The EU Prize for Literature: A Recipe for International Success? round-table will be hosted by Dražen Dragičević. Discussion topics: How has EUPL influenced the authors’ careers? What are the challenges in overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers? What are the writers’ views on the evolving European literary landscape?

The European Union Prize for Literature, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, is an annual initiative recognising the finest up-and-coming fiction writers in Europe, highlighting diversity in the European Union and its associated countries. The Prize aims to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works. The works of the selected winners are promoted in the hope of reaching a wider and international audience, and to address readers beyond national and linguistic borders. The Prize is financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which aims to achieve three main goals: promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector, encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output and foster intercultural dialogue.

The European Union Prize for Literature: A Recipe for International Success?

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8 Feb 2024 18:00

Literary Evening: Following in the Steps of France Prešeren

Literarni večer

The literary evening commemorating the Slovenian Cultural Holiday is dedicated to new members of the Slovenian Writers' Association, Irena Androjna, Barbara Gregorič Gorenc, Mirt Komel, Darinka Kozinc and Tom Veber, who will read excerpts from their work. 

The evening's host is poet Meta Kušar, musical accompaniment by Matej Krajnc. 
 

Literary Evening: Following in the Steps of France Prešeren

8 Feb 2024 18:00
8 Feb 2024 18:00
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31 Jan 2024 19:30

On the Phenomenon of Aging: Representations of Retirement Home Residents in Literature and the Politicization of Dementia

Urša Marinšek: Retirement Home Stories in Slovenian Literature
When it comes to the notion of cultural aging (and not biological) at least two major cultural narratives of aging exist: the decline narrative and the age-defying narratives. The decline narrative coincides with many of the aging stereotypes (e.g., frailty, vulnerability, disability, immobility, dependency, and dementia). The age-defying narratives include the idea of active aging, striving to slow down aging and preventing a person to decline. As studies into aging by scholars and literary gerontologists have shown, these cultural narratives can be found in many literary works. The aim of this contribution is to outline literary representations of age and aging in contemporary Slovene literature. Many works offer insight into these representations; we will take a look at the novels Home Home (Dom dom, 2008) by Tone Partljič, Chronicle of Forgetting (Kronika pozabljanja, 2014) by Sebastijan Pregelj, a collection of short stories Coffee Circle (Kavni krog, 2021) by Barbara Hanuš, and others. Various books, various genres, offering many perspectives on old age and aging. The books describe older people in various ways, discuss their worth, and present stereotypical/prevalent cultural narratives of older people. 

About the lecturer:
Urša Marinšek studied English Language and Literature and Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, the University of Maribor. She is currently employed at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care, at the University of Graz in Austria. She has been collaborating in many international and interdisciplinary research projects connected to aging, digitalization, and digital learning. In her research, she focuses on representations of old age, ageing, and care in Slovenian, North-American, and British literature.


Dr. Dagmar Gramshammer-Hohl:
Politicising Forgetfulness:
Representations of Dementia in Recent South Slavic Fiction 

In South Slavic literatures, considerable attention is currently being paid to suppressed and competing memories of war and political violence. An increasing focus on older protagonists, notably on people with dementia, is conspicuous in this context. As Krüger-Fürhoff et al (2021) have demonstrated, in fiction, dementia is not merely addressed in terms of an ahistorical illness, but used to represent traumatic historical events which prove difficult to remember. Literary representations of the disease are thus highly politicised: Dementia is treated not so much as an individual experience, but as a society’s forgetfulness about its past. Using examples from recent Croatian, Bosnian and Bulgarian fiction (Jergović, Mlakić, Gospodinov), I will analyse, in this paper, in what ways literary narratives of memory loss tie in with and feed into debates about memory politics in the Southeast European context.

About the lecturer:
Dagmar Gramshammer-Hohl, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. She specialises in literary and cultural studies with a focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russian as well as post-Yugoslav fiction, émigré literature, and age/ageing studies. In her PhD thesis, she analysed representations of women’s ageing in Russian fiction. She is the editor of the volume Aging in Slavic Literatures: Essays in Literary Gerontology (Bielefeld, 2017). Among her recent publications is the multi-disciplinary essay collection Foreign Countries of Old Age: East and Southeast European Perspectives on Aging (Bielefeld, 2021), co-edited with Oana Hergenröther. She also is a member of the project team of the research project “Transforming Anxieties of Ageing in Southeastern Europe: Political, Social, and Cultural Narratives of Demographic Change,” funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2023–2027).

On the Phenomenon of Aging: Representations of Retirement Home Residents in Literature and the Politicization of Dementia

31 Jan 2024 19:30
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18 Jan 2024 19:30

On the phenomenon of aging: Wisdom and Well-being in Old Age and Different Faces of Ageism

Lecture

Dr. Marlena Plavšić: Wisdom and Well-being in Old Age
For a long time wisdom hasn’t drawn much attention of researchers in psychology. However, in the last thirty years that has changed, as more scientific papers have been published on the topic of wisdom. Perhaps we started to search more for something that can help us cope with a dynamic everyday life. We are overwhelmed with a huge amount of information and a growing number of decisions that we make ever so fast in a shorter amount of time. On the other hand, we may be trying to comprehend what wisdom might entail in today's context. Very likely both reasons are plausible. Traditionally, wisdom has been associated with the acquisition of life experience, so greater wisdom has been attributed to older people, as they have cumulated the most experience. The presentation will discuss how wisdom is defined in psychology, how it could be measured, what happens to wisdom in old age and how wisdom can be connected to health. We will also talk about contributions to the development of wisdom and what wisdom can contribute to, regardless of how old we are.

About the lecturer:
Marlena Plavšić obtained her M. A. and Ph. D. degrees in psychology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, and her M. Sc. degree in anthropology from the Faculty of Science of the same university. A vital part of her work experience comprised psychosocial work in the grassroots organisation Suncokret. She now teaches courses in psychology at the humanities, music and health studies at the Juraj Dobrila University in Pula, Croatia. In her scientific and professional work, she is mainly involved with topics of education and human rights.


Dr. Otto Gerdina: Compassionate or Hostile Ageism
The Different Faces of Ageism: Between Marginalization and the Privilege of Old Age
The lecture addresses the phenomenon of ageism, which tends to manifest itself as either compassionate or hostile. The first part of the paper explores how health and social services for the elderly have reinforced negative stereotypes about old age in the past. The second part focuses on how over the past fifty years these policies have begun to be seen as an unjustified privilege of the older generation.

About the lecturer:
Dr. Otto Gerdina, Teaching Assistant, is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences and director of the OPRO Institute. As an associate of the Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre, he conducts research into media representations of old age in Slovenian newspapers, as well as public opinion related to old age, aging and the elderly.
Dr. Gerdina's accolades include the University of Ljubljana Special Commendation for Best Academic Results (2016), the University of Ljubljana Prešeren 

On the phenomenon of aging: Wisdom and Well-being in Old Age and Different Faces of Ageism

18 Jan 2024 19:30
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14 Feb 2024 20:00

Cancelled: Alma’s Evenings: Evald Flisar

Alma’s Evenings – Tracing Literature

The fourth guest featured in the Alma's Evenings series is Evald Flisar (1945), author of several travel novels and fiction books with travel motifs, including his best-known and most widely read Čarovnikov vajenec (1986). Also notable are his travel novels Tisoč in ena pot (1979), Južno od severa (1981) and Popotnik v kraljestvu senc and the book Zgodbe s poti (2000). Flisar has written a series of plays that are performed all over the world, and received several Grum Awards and other distinctions, as well as eleven Kresnik Award nominations. The most translated Slovenian writer, Evald Flisar is a globetrotter who has visited close to a hundred countries around the world, and lived for a number of years in London and Australia.

The talks are hosted by Dr. Andrej Blatnik.

Alma's Evenings:
The Alma's Evenings series is dedicated to talks with writers-cum-travellers about their work and the books they love, about their favourite paths and those they still wish to tread, as well as about the music and gastronomy typical of their favourite places.
The literature that the series focuses on is literature that initiates change. Changing the readers, changing the readers’ understanding of the world, changing the world. More >>


The event will be held in Slovenian.

Cancelled: Alma’s Evenings: Evald Flisar

14 Feb 2024 20:00
14 Feb 2024 20:00
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11 Jan 2024 20:00

Alma’s Evenings: Samo Rugelj

Alma’s Evenings – Tracing Literature

Alma's Evenings’ second guest is Samo Rugelj (1966). Publisher, founder and editor-in-chief of the Bukla magazine with a PhD in publishing, Rugelj has authored several popular journalism and fiction books, most notably a travel novel Samo močni preživijo (UMco 2023). He has also published several mountain climbing and running travel books, including Triglavske poti (2012) and Delaj, teci, živi (2018). Rugelj's travel book about his adventures on Crete, Soncu naproti (UMco 2022), won the 2022 Krilata Želva (Winged Turtle) Award. 

The talks are hosted by Dr. Andrej Blatnik.


Alma's Evenings:
The Alma's Evenings series is dedicated to talks with writers-cum-travellers about their work and the books they love, about their favourite paths and those they still wish to tread, as well as about the music and gastronomy typical of their favourite places.
The literature that the series focuses on is literature that initiates change. Changing the readers, changing the readers’ understanding of the world, changing the world. More >>
 

The event will be held in Slovenian.

Alma’s Evenings: Samo Rugelj

11 Jan 2024 20:00
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7 Feb 2024 19:00

Salon with a View: Vladimir Tabašević

Literary evening

Vladimir Tabašević ranks among Serbia’s most controversial writers. In addition to an unconventional literary style, developed in his celebrated debut novel, Tiho teče Misisipi (Silently Flows the Mississippi), Tabašević is known for his political non-conformity that has been raising eyebrows of the monolithic establishment. Focusing on class issues, the author examines the mindsets of bourgeois politics and literature. His novel Zabluda svetog Sebastijana (The Delusion of St. Sebastian) received the NiN Award, a prestigious Serbian literary award for best new novel and one of former Yugoslavia’s major prizes.

The event will be held in Serbian with translation into Slovenian.
 

Salon with a View: Vladimir Tabašević

7 Feb 2024 19:00
7 Feb 2024 19:00
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3 Jan 2024 19:00

Salon with a View: Lana Bastašić - cancelled

Literary evening

Among her generation of writers, Lana Bastašić is arguably the region’s most internationally prominent novelist. The structure of her debut novel, Uhvati zeca (Catch the Rabbit), draws inspiration from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It won the EU Prize for Literature and widespread international acclaim. Her books examine the themes of contemporary nomadism and identity crises. In 2023, she won the DAAD Berlin residency fellowship. In addition to novels, she has also authored award-winning short stories and poetry.

The event will be held in Croatian with translation into Slovenian.
 

Salon with a View: Lana Bastašić - cancelled

3 Jan 2024 19:00
3 Jan 2024 19:00
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4 Dec 19:00

Salon with a View: Daisy Johnson

Literary evening

An up-and-coming British author, Daisy Johnson’s debut novel Everything Under was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Award. She has won several awards for her short stories. Part horror, part psychological thriller, her novel Sisters seems to unfold before a reader’s eyes as much as between the pages. A gripping read that has generated widespread interest, the novel has been translated into Slovenian (LUD Literatura, 2022) and received a wonderful reception from the Slovenian readers. 

The event will be held in English with translation into Slovenian.
 

Salon with a View: Daisy Johnson

4 Dec 19:00
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3 Apr 19:00

Salon with a View: Rumena Bužarovska

Literary evening

Rumena Bužarovska is a fiction writer from North Macedonia. An author of four volumes of short stories, her best-known work is the funny and provocative collection My Husband (Moj mož, Modri-jan, 2017), which has been translated into 14 languages, most notably by the prestigious German and French publishing houses Suhrkamp and Gallimard, respectively. These powerful stories about the strain of heterosexual relationships in patriarchal society have been adapted into six European stage productions, and will most likely inspire further adaptations in other genres. Bužarovska is also a literary translator from English and Assistant Professor of American Literature at the State Univer-sity in Skopje.

The event will be held in English with translation into Slovenian.
 

Salon with a View: Rumena Bužarovska

3 Apr 19:00
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