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The symposium "Languages, Identities, Identities, Affiliation between Centres and Peripheries". Address by the Prime Minister Janez Janša. Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA.

At the symposium Vasko Simoniti, Minister of Culture, Marko Mušič, SAZU Vice-president, Janez Janša, Prime Minister and Oto Luthar, President of ZRC SAZU. Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa highlighted Primoz Trubar's unifying role as he opened an international symposium in Ljubljana on Thursday as part of the jubilee festivities dedicated to this 16th century Protestant reformer.

This year Slovenians commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Trubar (1508-1586), who is regarded as the father of the Slovenian written language because he wrote and published the first Slovenian books in 1550.

Jansa spoke of the scholar's work, which he said put the nation in the centre of European discourse at the time. He said Trubar created "a brilliant expression of mind" out of the Slovenian language.

The prime minister noted that Trubar's work was still topical today, something that he said was testified by the two-day event in Ljubljana, which is being attended by 27 scholars from eleven countries, from as far as Israel and Russia.

Trubar was a man of staunch faith and all-around scholar who was able to play his connecting role because he spoke many languages. He was a critical spirit whom differences in opinion served as a path to knowledge, Jansa said.

The symposium themed "Languages, Identities, Identities, Affiliation between Centres and Peripheries" was also addressed by the President of the Science and Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences (ZRC SAZU) Oto Luthar.

He said the event would examine the conditions in which the phenomena that had been an inevitable part of our lives for more than five centuries were created.

Architect Marko Music, SAZU vice-president and a co-organiser of the event, meanwhile spoke of Slovenian traditional architecture and cultural landscape, which he said had made a mark abroad.


Source: STA


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