It is an undeniable fact that the unitary Roman civilization was built on ethno-cultural grounds of great diversity and evolved by assimilating cultural and linguistic influences exerted by the populations it came into contact with. This represented both an exceptional generator of creative resources and the germ of several centrifugal trends – which have given the Neo-Latin cultures and civilizations the opportunity to meet at the 10th edition, an anniversary one, of the International Colloquium Communication and culture in Romance Europe, held in June, 10-11, 2022, at The West University of Timișoara.
Unity in diversity – resulting, thus, through the aggregation of the identities and the local/regional particularities – was two millennia ago, as it remains nowadays, a goal; a goal which, under various aspects (for instance, in the functional-terminological equivalence or language-based aspects, in the circulation and validation of the cultural-creative goods or in the understanding of the macro-regional history as a process of common growth), continues to be closely fulfilled.
Fundamental concepts of existence, largo sensu, the key-words proposed by the anniversary edition of the colloquium – identity and diversity – are thus, not random at all, as valid today as they were throughout the two millennia of configurations and manifestation of European Romania itself. The evolution of the common communicational matrix, which was the Latin language, (kept though as a link, as the language of a written culture), the emergence and the development of Neo-Latin languages (both through reactivating substrata and through the assimilation of new cultural-linguistic experiences generated especially by the changes of the first millennium), and the civilizational counter-reactions from the old Barbaricum (which became a Germanic and Slavic formula Europe, but not only this) are, for sure, the most visible steps, being directly connected to the unmediated communication. Similar processes also mirror, nevertheless, the forms of mediated communication (associated mostly to the aesthetic language), as well as the organisational and the social-institutional responsiveness ones or of projections in the space of beliefs and ideologies.
The 10th edition of the International Colloquium Communication and culture in Romance Europe plans to evaluate – with specific scientific instruments of philological, historical, artistic and classical studies research – the way in which the identities of culture that configure the Neo-Latin dimension of contemporary Europe (a primordial dimension, not only historically speaking) articulate the unitary civilization space of our continent. Moreover, like in the previous editions, the core of interest lies in the extra-European hues which are to be seen in the dynamic relation between identity and diversity, for a wider and more accurate projection of these realities. Taking into consideration the aspects mentioned above, the topic of the 10th edition of the colloquium waits to be deciphered by all those who are interested – professors, researchers, PhD candidates –, who are invited to submit proposals for one of the following sections: Latin Language and Literature; Romanian Language and Literature; Romanian as a Foreign Language; French Language and Literature; Italian Language and Literature; Portuguese Language and Literature; Spanish Language and Literature; Romance Languages Didactics; History and Cultural Studies; Religion; Music and Theatre; Book and Library; Arts.