The Institute of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Kerala, in collaboration with the Department of Latin, St Xaviers College, Thumba, will organise a two-day international conference on ‘Latin language and world cultures’ at Hassan Marikar Hall in the city on March 11 and 12.
Fr. Dasappan S.J., head, Department of Latin, St Xavier’s College, Thumba and P.L. Josey, professor of Latin, told a news conference here on Tuesday that languages in the West European countries were derived from Latin, which was still the official language at Vatican and at the Roman Catholic churches. English language also has been greatly influenced by Latin.
``In India, we are using it in our routine communications and jurisprudence. Despite having such a deep influence on our lives, Latin is a neglected language,’’ they said.
As it has been a great influence on the world cultures, the conference will help shed light on the immense researches carried out in this direction.
The inaugural session will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Minister for Education and Culture M.A. Baby will inaugurate the conference. Metropolitan Archbishop Soosaipakiam will deliver the keynote address.
In the first session at 10 a.m., Dr Maya Dutt, professor, University of Kerala, will deliver a lecture on English Literature in its Latin context. Dr Babu Paul will speak on ‘Translations of the Bible from Greek to Latin to Malayalam - some problems revisited’.
Dr Sali Augustine, Sophia University, Tokyo will chair the third session, ‘Contribution of Latin to scientific language’.
Dr S. Ignacimuthu S.J., former vice-chancellor, Madras University, Kollam Bishop Stanley Roman and Punalur Bishop Dr Sylvester Ponnumuthan also will speak on the first day.
Lida Jacob, Dr G.S. Jayashree, Dr Jacob Prasad and former MP Dr Sebastian Paul are among the speakers who will be attending the conference on Friday.
G. Balamohan Thampy, former vice-chancellor of Kerala University, will deliver the valedictory address.