in La rivista di Arablit, a. IX, n. 17-18, dicembre 2019, pp. 143-147.
The paper reports the 5th International Conference on Oriental Literatures and Orient in Literary Texts “Orient in Literature – Literature of the Orient”, organized by the oriental units of the Faculty of Languages at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń on March 28–29, 2019. It presents the idea of annual meetings of scholars researching problems related to perception, interpretation and translation of the Oriental literatures, as well as the scope and process of the fifth edition of the conference.
Orient and its cultural heritage has been an inspiration for numerous artists, researchers and travelers for centuries. The fascination of the Orient is also visible among the scientific interests of contemporary literature researchers, representing the world’s leading academic centers, national universities and research institutes. The idea of organizing an international platform for dialogue on Oriental literatures and their perception in different countries and regions of the world was born at the Department of Languages of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, which is home to three relatively young but active Oriental units: Department of Japanese Studies, Arabic Language and Culture Center, and Chinese Language and Culture Center. Representatives of the abovementioned institutions – Dr. Adam Bednarczyk, Dr. Magdalena Kubarek and Dr. Magdalena Lewicka, Dr. Maciej Szatkowski respectively, all doing research on the literatures of the Orient, proposed a periodic international conference on Oriental literatures and Orient in literary texts, entitled “Orient in Literature – Literature of the Orient” (OLLO). The first edition of the conference took place in 2014 and it was dedicated to “Meetings”. The initiative was considered a success, noticing more than 30 respective scholars delivering their papers, which encouraged organizers to work on the future editions. The number of participants and the level of international experts participating in OLLO systematically grew from the first to the fifth edition. Following 2014’s debut, OLLO took place on March 19–20, 2015 (second edition, “Between Tradition & Modernity”), March 17–18, 2016 (third edition, “Sources and Inspirations”), March 23–24, 2017 (fourth edition, “Borders & Borderlands”), and March 27–28, 2019 (fifth edition, “Freedom and Oppression”).