Per-Arne Bodin

The XX Conference of Nordic Slavists. Stockholm, August 2016

Slavic studies encompasses the study of the Slavic languages, literatures and cultures. Slavists in the Nordic countries are organized in the Association of Nordic Slavists. The most important manifestations of this academic community are the conferences arranged by the Association every three years. The next meeting, the twentieth, will take place on August 17-21 in Stockholm, and is estimated to attract 160 participants.
One particular item on the program concerns the establishment of a special network for Nordic doctoral candidates.
New research will be introduced not only in the special sections but also through some special initiatives. The Stockholm school in Slavic literary studies is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, and with that in mind we will attempt to summarize what this school has accomplished and discuss the theoretical and methodological challenges confronting the study of Slavic literatures. Yet another research initiative has to do with Ukrainian studies. A third focus involves the integration of translation research into the broader context of Slavic studies. A fourth focus is the coordination and further development of the use of language corpora in Slavic studies. The purpose of these activities is also to reintegrate Slavic studies, which over the course of the past few decades has split into its component disciplines.

The 20th Conference of Nordic Slavists, arranged by Stockholm University and The Swedish Association of Slavists, was attended by 129 participants from all Nordic countries. With contributions on culture and politics as well as literature and language, the conference reinforced the interdisciplinary nature of Slavic studies. One section was also devoted to Balto-Slavic linguistic and cultural interrelations. There were particularly strong contributions in the areas of translation studies and memory culture and identity in Eastern Europe. Other focus areas included the methodological tradition associated with the Stockholm school of literary Slavic studies and the contemporary digitalization of language studies. The conference served to strengthen collective identity and regional collaboration in a time when many universities are discontinuing their research and teaching in Slavic languages.