Poland in Serbia and Serbia in Polish
In the period between May 2nd and May 7th 2011, students of Serbian language from Yagelon University in Krakow, Poland, visited Kikinda, Novi Sad and Belgrade.
Among visiting numerous science and cultural institutions, their trip was focused on translating workshop established in Krakow during 2010. Serbian writers entered the stage in the company of their Polish translators, and everyone was reading in his own language, while both texts were shown on the video-beam. Milos Latinovic, Srdjan V.Tesin, Milos Krneta, and Srdjan Papic were readers on May 2nd in Kikinda, and on May 7th Mirjana Djurdjevic, Mirjana Bjelogrlic Nikolov, Igor Marojevic, Vule Zuric, Marko Vidojkovic, Mirko Demic, Ivan Potic, Sinisa Socanin and Srdjan Srdic read their prose in Belgrade Plato bookstore. Both events started in 8pm.
Dr Katarina Libez, one of the workshop coordinators, and Theory of translating teacher says: “Main goal of this workshop is solving of the hardest translating problems. Students are reading different texts, and practising translating strategies and literary technics. The second intention of this workshop is printing of contemporary Serbian prose in Polish literary magazines.”
Beside the fact that they met authors whose prose they were translating, sudents had the occasion to see the other relevant Serbian writers. “Stubovi kulture” publishing house and Cultural center of Belgrade organized meeting of Polish students with Ljubomir Simovic, Dragan Velikic, Radoslav Petkovic, Radivoj Radic, Mileta Prodanovic, Dana Todorovic and Andrija Matic. Serbian Minister of Culture Predrag Markovic talked to students, as well.
Srdjan Papic, trip organizer and Serbian language lecturer in Krakow, talked about trip goals and the role that students of Serbian language have in promotion of Serbia: “Not so long ago there was a research in Poland about what one can think of when specific country is on his mind. When France was the country, vine was association, Croatia was connected with a holiday, and main association for Serbia was – war! Unfortunately, untill 2000 plenty of bad news from Serbia overwhelmed Poland, after 2000 no news arrived and the picture of war and destruction left as the most intense one. I was convincing a girl for half an hour that it’s completely safe to travel around Serbia by bus, and that no one’s going to rape her or inspect the bus with machine gun in his hands. For all those reasons the role of students who are well acquainted with the real Serbian situation is extremely important for changing the prejudices about Serbia, and I can only appeal that all of us have to make some effort and entertain our dear guests best way we can.”