On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, 26th September, organized by the National Library of Serbia and the EU Info Centre a staged discussion “Contemporary European Literature in Translation: to whom and about what writers write nowadays“ was held.
Participants Vladislav Bajac, Director of the Publishing Company (PC) Geopoetike, Zoran Hamović, Director of PC Klio, Dimitrije Tadić, advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Head of the Desk Creative Europe, Ana Vukmanović, Editor of the spoken programme in the lecture centre of Kolarac Foundation and Aleksandar Šurbatović Editor in PC Dereta spoke about the place and importance of contemporary European literature in our region: its presence on the publishing scene, visibility in the media and the official programmes of cultural institutions.
Discussion topics also included what is the role of cultural institutions in getting the public familiar with recent European literature and to what extent do they accomplish social importance. Participants also spoke about the Serbian and the global practice of presenting works of literature of authors whose works were recently translated, but also about the need for new modes of representation of contemporary European literature related to the change in the cultural paradigm and about new demands and needs of the reading audience.
The Head of the Desk Creative Europe Serbia spoke about opportunities for improvement of the work of libraries within the Creative Europe programme: how libraries can become more open for audiences, why it is important for libraries to go across the established borders of programme activities which are considered their core activities and also about the importance of increasing the visibility of work of the libraries.
Staged discussion “Contemporary European Literature in Transaltion” is a part of the project “Informational stands about the European Union in libraries of Serbia” which is being realized by the National Library of Serbia from August 2015 to February 2017 under the patronage of the European Union.