Crisis in contemporary world: diagnoses, perspectives, dangers

conference hosted by
Department of English at the Faculty of Education and Fine Arts in Kalisz,
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
October 16, 2018
with a Keynote Speech by Prof. Christian Auer
Professeur Émérite Université de Strasbourg, France
titled “Brexit: the painful divorce between the UK and the European Union”
a Keynote Speech by Prof. Przemysław Grzybowski
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Faculty of Education and Psychology
titled “Laughter in times of crisis. War, ghetto, concentration camp”/„Śmiech w czasach kryzysu. Wojna, getto, obóz koncentracyjny”



The crisis of identity, whether in the realms of politics, culture, or society at large, is a fact which causes a great deal of confusion in members of increasingly globalized communities the world over. According to Marshall McLuhan (2017), it was the existence of electronic media that causes the implosion of human interactions to the scale of what he called a global village. It seems inevitable that such a momentous change, bringing together people of various cultures would inevitably lead to a crisis, involving divisions and disagreements. However, McLuhan’s clarification is but one in an array of possible explanations of the causes for the series of crises which the modern society has been forced to face from early twentieth century. It is these issues of crisis and altercations that will be the theme of the conference held on October 18, 2018 by the Department of English at Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts in Kalisz, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
We invite papers or group panels that explore how crisis manifests itself in English and American Studies, related to media and literary studies, politics, linguistics, writing studies, pedagogy, or popular culture. Proposals might include, but are not limited to:
– political crisis, especially the crisis in European politics and Brexit
– crisis of personal or group identity in works of culture
– psychological, philosophical, methodological approaches to dealing with crisis situations
– linguistic or social origins of the term “crisis”
– responses to crisis, e.g. mediation, withdrawal, defensiveness, as well as aggressiveness and altercations
– humor and comedy as a response to crisis


After the conference selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume with a leading publisher. Further information concerning the publication will be sent after the conference. The publication will use the APA style.


The languages used at the conference will be English and Polish.


The venue for the event will be the Faculty of Education and Fine arts in Kalisz, Poland at Nowy Świat 28-30 in Kalisz, where all the sessions will be held, and meals and refreshments will be served.


Please submit a proposal of 150-words by September 30th, 2018 to Artur Skweres at The conference registration fee is PLN 50 for graduate students and independent scholars and PLN 80 for faculty members, researchers and institutions.


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