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International Congress of Slavists kicks off in Minsk

MINSK, 21 August (BelTA) - The 15th International Congress of Slavists starts in Minsk on 21 August, BelTA reports.

The congress will run through 27 August. Partaking in the forum will be over 600 scientists from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Canada, Lithuania, Russia, France, Switzerland, Japan and other countries.

The official opening ceremony of the forum will take place at the Minsk Concert Hall on 21 August. The main scientific part of the forum will be held at the Minsk State Linguistic University from 22 to 26 August. It will comprise plenary and sectional reports, roundtables, meetings of special commissions accredited in the International Committee of Slavists.

Besides, the Minsk State Linguistic University will host an exhibition of Slavic literature published in different countries over the past five years. The expo will open on 22 August.

Slavic studies developed into an independent scientific field at the late 18th-early 19th centuries. Modern slavistics unites a whole range of human sciences that study languages, material and intellectual culture, origins, history, folklore and the literature of ancient and contemporary Slavists.

International Congresses of Slavists are large scientific forums dedicated to the issues related to the development of Slavic languages, literature, cultures, folklore in their cooperation. The International Congress of Slavists is a quinquennial event dating back to 1929.