Results of the conference “Comparative studies at the present stage: theory and practice”

The II National Scientific and Practical Conference with international participation “Comparative Studies at the Present Stage: Theory and Practice” was held at the Institute of Philology of PetrSU at the Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies.
The conference was devoted to theoretical problems of comparative literary studies, the interaction of cultures, languages, literatures in the context of globalization, translation issues, comparative comparison of folklore of different ethnic groups, issues of reception of Russian literature abroad, teaching Russian language and literature in Poland and the USA.

The conference was attended by teachers from different departments of the Institute of Philology (Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies, Russian Language, Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism), as well as departments of the Institute of Foreign Languages, the Department of Sociology and Social Work of the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences of PetrSU. Among the foreign participants, the conference was attended by undergraduates from the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland), the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of John Paul II (Krakow, Poland), and the University of Gdansk (Poland).

The conference was opened by a plenary section, which worked in a remote format and brought together more than 40 participants.

Vice-rector for scientific work of Petrozavodsk State University S.V. Syunev and head of the Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies of the Institute of Philology N.G. Sharapenkova.

The program of the plenary session included three reports on the topic of dialogue of cultures and intercultural interaction. I. V. Lvova , Dr. of Philology Sci., Professor of the Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies at PetrSU, spoke about the influence of the “new” and “old” criticism on the American reception of F.M.Dostoevsky’s work. The report presented and commented on two different points of view on the work of the Russian writer, popular in the United States. Associate Professor of the Department of Classical Philology and Journalism of PetrSU N.L. Shilovapresented a report on the literary representation of the image of Karelia in the literature of the Soviet thaw and, in particular, on Finno-Ugric and Scandinavian motives in literary texts about Karelia. The literature material was analyzed using a new analytical language proposed by the anthropologist A. Yurchak (University of Berkeley, USA). The work of the section was completed by the report of the assistant professor of the Department of German and French languages ​​of the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​of PetrSU S.R. Nedbaylik “On the history of small genres in European literature”, focused, in particular, on the development of the epigram genre from antiquity to modern times.

The conference featured sections “Intercultural Communication”, “Linguistics and Translation Studies”, “German-Russian Dialogue”, “Teaching Experience”, as well as a section for undergraduates “Literary Studies”. The topics of the reports presented at the conference were devoted to comparative studies, which is based on the dialogue between countries, ethnic groups, societies, languages, literatures, cultures.

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