Author: Stankomir Nicieja

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Call for Papers: E. M. Forster: Nature, Culture, Queer!

13 – 14 April 2018 University of Education Ludwigsburg University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn University of Warsaw International E. M. Forster Society   Hosted by the University of Education Ludwigsburg, Germany   The œuvre of E. M. Forster is undoubtedly based on contrast: nature vs. culture, nature vs. queer, and/or culture vs. queer. However, there seems to be many instances when the oppositions dissolve in the triad of nature, culture and queerness. Nature sometimes functions as a connection between culture and life, and the life tends to be quite specific, queer. Sometimes still it is queerness (of the sex or of the mind) that links nature with culture. In turn, culture may be responsible for bringing nature and queerness together. The proposed conference shall shed more light on the relation of the triad nature, culture, and queerness in relation to the life andCzytaj dalej

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Joseph Conrad: Twixt Land and Sea

17–18 November 2017 Download call for papers In English: CONRAD_CALL_ENG In Polish: CONRAD_CALL_FINAL_PL   University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn University of Warsaw Patronage: The Polish Joseph Conrad Society Summarising his reflections concerning Conrad’s service at sea, Zdzisław Najder wrote that in this 20-year-long period he “gained an immense range of experience, from stark, helpless fear, disgust, and boredom to the ecstatic enjoyment of beauty, a sense of the triumphant efficacy of his own body and spirit, to exhaustion relieved by the consciousness of victory in the struggle against an incomparably stronger elemental opponent”. This incredibly vivid memory of serving at sea acquired a characteristic, almost elegiac overtone in Conrad’s works, which was also audible in The Mirror of the Sea: “when the great soul of the world turned over with a heavy sigh […] The machinery must do its work even if theCzytaj dalej

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Common Room: From WORDS to WORLDS

  Płock, 20-21.10.2017   The name of the annual Common Room conferences organised by the State University of Applied Sciences in Płock refers to the literary salon held in London by Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, an extraordinary couple of Polish-born artists and intellectuals, during the years 1957-1959. It hosted numerous scientists, academics, artists and literary figures and was the site of unique lectures, presentations, artistic evenings, concerts and discussions. It is the intention of the organizer to recreate the truly interdisciplinary spirit of what the Themersons defined as a “friendly meeting place and a forum for the exchange of ideas.”   Download CFP in Polish: CommonRoom2017CFPpolski Download CfP in English: Common Room2017CFPEnglish This year’s fifth edition of the Common Room conference is devoted to WORDS that can be perceived as both seductively fascinating and overly threatening. The agency and potency of words allows authors toCzytaj dalej

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The Fantastic versus Realism

Our Research Team on Fantastic Literature (University of Białystok, Poland) is pleased to invite everyone to its third conference The Fantastic versus Realism and their relevance as literary conventions   which will be held in Białystok on November 16-17, 2017. The first conference, which focused on religious motifs in fantastic literature, was held in 2012 and followed by the publication of a monograph entitled Motywy religijne we współczesnej fantastyce [Religious Motifs in Contemporary Fantastic Literature] in 2014. The second conference, whose focus was on the philological and historical aspects of fantastic literature, was held in 2015 and soon we will publish the volume Tekstowe światy fantastyki [Textual Worlds of Fantastic Literature]. This year, we welcome contributions on one of the following topics:   Classic definitions of the fantastic (Todorov, Caillos, Lem, Attebery and Mendlesohn) and their applicability in contemporary literary studies. Various approaches to definingCzytaj dalej

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Call for Papers “Experiment in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media”

Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature “Experiment in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media” International Conference   University of Lodz 27-28 Oct 2017   The conference poses the question about the value and outcome of experiment in literary, theatrical, dramatic and cinematographic representations. Centuries of experiments in these disciplines culminated in the 20th century, with the rise of a number of alternatives to traditional modes of expression: realism and naturalism gave way to symbolism, Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Theatre of the Absurd, Third Theatre, in-yer-face theatre, immersive theatre and other avant-garde movements. Most of these movements in the course of time have been accommodated into the mainstream or eventually institutionalised. Many experiments have also been stimulated by political conviction or produced, in their turn, a certain policy in the given area of the arts, creating an intersection between aesthetics and social concerns.Czytaj dalej