The Poetics of Multilingualism – La Poétique du plurilinguisme

International Colloquium, ELTE, Budapest, 4-5-6

In­ter­na­tional Col­loquium, Eötvös Loránd Uni­ver­sity, Bud­apest, 4-5-6 April 2013.

The goal of the con­fer­ence is to fo­cus on po­et­ical, met­rical, and lin­guistic prin­ciples in bi­lin­gual and mul­ti­lin­gual texts. It aims to present the in­ter­ac­tions of dif­fer­ent lit­er­ary tra­di­tions with their spe­cific con­straints, as well as the way mul­ti­lin­gual texts obey or op­pose es­tab­lished com­pos­i­tional rules and principles. 

Top­ics in­clude, but are not lim­ited to:

  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and the birth of ver­nacu­lar literatures,
  • po­et­ical code-switching in mul­ti­lin­gual texts
  • rhythmic, met­rical, and po­etic im­it­a­tion in mul­ti­lin­gual poems
  • gen­eric clas­si­fic­a­tion of mul­ti­lin­gual texts in po­et­ical treatises
  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and poly­phonic music
  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and the birth of ver­nacu­lar literatures
  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and glossolalia
  • ad­opt­ing for­eign po­et­ical pat­terns by in­teg­rat­ing for­eign languages
  • oral per­form­ance of mul­ti­lin­gual texts and read­ing out mul­ti­lin­gual texts
  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and for­mu­laic language
  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism as a formal con­straint: the Oulipo and the plur­al­ity of languages


We wel­come sub­mis­sions on all lit­er­ary peri­ods and lan­guages; spe­cial at­ten­tion will be paid to me­di­eval, early mod­ern, and con­tem­por­ary European literature.
Keynote speakers:
  • Jac­queline Cerquiglini-Toulet (Uni­versite de Paris-Sorbonne)
  • Jacques Roubaud (Oulipo)
  • Ivan Hor­vath (Eötvös Loránd Uni­ver­sity, Budapest)


One-page (in­clud­ing ref­er­ences and ex­amples) ab­stracts in both .doc and .pdf format should be sent to po­et­icsofmultilin­gual­ by 31 Decem­ber 2012.


Submission deadline: 31 December 2012
Notification of acceptance: 30 January 2013
Registration deadline: 15 February 2013.
Conference fee: none


Or­gan­ising com­mit­tee: Levente Seláf (Eötvös Loránd Uni­ver­sity, Bud­apest, mail to selaf.levente[at] and Pat­rizia Noel (Otto Friedrich-Universität, Bam­berg, mail to patrizia.noel[at]

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