Scientists Will Look at Famous Poets’ Pilgrimage and Search for Homeland

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Literature scientists, historians and ethnologists are invited to read papers and participate in discussions at the international scientific conference ‘From Poetical Pilgrimage to the Search of the Homeland: Adam Mickiewicz, Oscar Milosz and Czesław Miłosz’, which will take place on May 6-7, 2011 in Šeteniai.

Three multicultural personalities – Adam Mickiewicz, Oscar Milosz and Czesław Miłosz – are connected by the archetypal significance of their real and spiritual journey. Banished from their home country by the circumstances of history and time, they suffered the fate of exile and fully grasped the meaning of an individual’s and a nation’s pilgrimage. These poets are alike in the road they took, which went from the established myth of the nest of gentry to meaningful universals, prevailing humanist ideas and the myth of Europe.

These three prominent poets are the heirs of the noblemen traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In the beginning of the paradigm is Adam Mickiewicz, whose identity considerations reflect the multilayered nature of national identity in the 19th century, while at the end is Czesław Miłosz, who believed himself to be ‘the last citizen of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’.

Anyone wishing to participate in the international scientific conference ‘From Poetical Pilgrimage to the Search of the Homeland: Adam Mickiewicz, Oscar Milosz and Czesław Miłosz’ may send filled participant’s forms and abstracts (500-800 symbols) of their papers until March 1, 2011 by e-mail to d.cesnauskaite@hmf.vdu.lt,

Conference participant’s form (in English) can be found here.

The languages of the conference are Lithuanian, French, Polish.

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