Contemporary issues of literary studies


International Symposium

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  • The XVII International Symposium
    Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies
    Kutaisi, Georgia

    Kutaisi joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of literature

    TSU Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature
    Georgian Comparative Literature Association (GCLA)
    Akaki Tsereteli Kutaisi State University
    Caucasus International University

    Participant Organizations:
    Kutaisi City Hall
    Kutaisi International University

    We have a great pleasure to invite you to join the
    XVII International Symposium
    which will take place on September 25-27, 2024,
    in Kutaisi, Georgia

    The Theme of XVII International Symposium is:

    Literatures of Small Countries and Challenges of the Modern Global World

    Symposium Sessions:
    ▪ World Literature and National Literatures;
    ▪ National Literature and Regional Literatures;
    ▪ Writing of Ethnic Minorities: Local and Global Challenges;
    ▪ Translation as a Form of Intercultural Communication;
    ▪ Publishing Policy in the Field of Literature of Small Countries;
    ▪ Literature as a Creative Industry;
    ▪ Contemporary Approaches of Commercialization of Literature;

    Round-Table Sessions:

    ▪ Kutaisi – the Birthplace of Georgian Modernism.
    ▪ Writers from Kutaisi and the History of modern Georgian Literature (prose, poetry, dramaturgy, etc.).
    ▪ Avant-garde and Small Countries: Round table session dedicated to the 100 anniversary of H2SO4 (Moderator – Bela Tsipuria)
    ▪ Literatures of small nations or small literatures? (Moderator – Yordan Luckanov)

    The following events are planned for the symposium’s participants:
    ▪ Reception ceremony of symposium participants in Kutaisi City Hall
    ▪ Meeting with local scientific circles;
    ▪ Meeting with contemporary Georgian writers, translators and publishers;
    ▪ Visits to local museums and galleries.

    The Symposium will be held in the in-person format.
    Working languages of the Symposium are: Georgian, English.

    Please, fill the Registration form (see attachment) and send abstracts in English to the following email address:
    Abstract Details:
    Abstract must be submitted in English;
    No more than 250 words, Font- Sylfaen, Size 10, Line spacing – single.
    The duration of the presentation (except plenary presentations) – 15 min

    The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 30, 2024.

    Attention! The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to June 10, 2024.

    Incorrectly filled application forms (registration form + an abstract) will not be accepted!
    The Organizing Committee preserves the right to select symposium participants.

    The approved participants will be notified until June 30, 2024.

    Registration fee for approved participants:
    ● In-person participation – € 90
    ● In-person participation with a co-author – € 150 (for both authors)
    ● Students participation in-person – € 60
    ● Students participation with a co-author – € 100 (for both authors)
    (Additionally, upon request by the organizing committee, students must present an official document confirming their status).

    The registration fee includes:

    Featured papers will be published in Sjani (The Thoughts), an annual Georgian scientific journal of literary theory and comparative literature which is included in CEEOL, VABB-SHW, ERIH PLUS and EBSCO.

    For further information please contact the Organizing Committee by the following e-mail: