The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures and H/Story Research Circle invite all to participate in the international conference


Sosnowiec, Poland, Nov. 23rd-24th 2018

Please note that the deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15.


The etymology of the word “emotion,” whose first use dates back to the sixteenth century, betrays the multiplicity of its meanings. Derived from the Middle French emouvoir (to stir up), it traces its origins back to the Latin emovēre (to remove or displace), which in turn comes from the Latin movēre (to move). The notion of movement, then, or a change of state, has always accompanied the way people conceptualise emotions. History is, similarly, a record of movement, fluidity, and volatility, and this approach is increasingly being extended to the study of humanity’s past, with emotion studies bringing increased sensitivity to historical, literary and cultural enquiries. Approaching emotions as “engines,” that is catalysts of past events and processes is, however, fraught with challenges. It is largely due to the fact that the roles of irrationality and emotionality as motivating elements in history and its narratives are not easy to determine and often elude scientific study due to their intimate and highly personal nature. Likewise the very thought that historical decisions affecting the lives of many might have been made under the capricious influence of somebody else’s emotional state fills us with dread. And yet, we suspect or perhaps even know that many events of both distant and not so distant past have been dictated by emotional disposition and moods of those who made them. If fear, hatred, desire, disgust, pity, envy, love and shame affect our individual choices, they might as well influence the decisions whose consequences go beyond one’s singular or communal experience. From the Ides of March, through the separation of the Church of England from Rome, to the role of the social media in the most recent presidential elections in the USA, emotions have shaped and influenced historic events giving rise to groundbreaking social and political changes.

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23rd International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice

Captive Minds: Norms, Normativities and the Forms of Tragic Protest in Literature and Cultural Practice
Hotel Meta Resort Vine Spa, Szczyrk, Poland
September 20, 2018 – September 23, 2018

 Although generally resented and deemed unfavourable for individuals, societies and nations, Murti-Bing was a Mongolian philosopher who had succeeded in producing an organic means of transporting a “philosophy of life.” This Murti-Bing “philosophy of life,” which constituted the strength of the Sino-Mongolian army, was contained in pills in an extremely condensed form. A man who used these pills changed completely. He became serene and happy. The problems he had struggled with until then suddenly appeared to be superficial and unimportant. He smiled indulgently at those who continued to worry about them. Most affected were all questions pertaining to unsolvable ontological difficulties. A man who swallowed Murti-Bing pills became impervious to any metaphysical concerns. […] More and more people took the Murti-Bing cure, and their resultant calm contrasted sharply with the nervousness of their environment. […] [O]nce tormented by philosophical “insatiety,” now entered the service of the new society. Instead of writing the dissonant music of former days, they composed marches and odes. Instead of painting abstractions as before, they turned out socially useful pictures. But since they could not rid themselves completely of their former personalities, they became schizophrenics.(Czesław Miłosz, The Captive Mind)

In a world transforming faster than ever before, a Murti-Bing pill would do wonders to those who painfully discover that their heretofore professed philosophy of life has unexpectedly become a burden: an obstacle standing in the way to “serenity and happiness.” In fact, the miraculous power of the pill is simple: whatever norms gain on momentum at a given moment of time, they immediately become one’s own. With serenity and happiness at stake, the choice not to take the pill is a choice between one’s own “insatiable,” unique self and one’s peace of mind, the tranquility of life and liberty not to judge success in life by the gauge of satisfaction. In a world transforming faster than ever, in which the Murti-Bing pills are available without prescription and advertised in all official media, the refusal to blend into the woodwork for the sake of the comfort of being “impervious to any metaphysical concerns” is nothing short of a tragic choice. Therefore, the 2018 edition of the International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures of the University of Silesia in Katowice aims at addressing one of the most elusive, albeit simultaneously most tangible aspects of our experience of being in the world. As a foundation and a product of grand narratives, norms apply to any and every aspect of individual, communal and social life. They regulate our behaviors, determine directions in the evolution of arts and philosophical ideas, condition intra- and cross-cultural understanding, organize hierarchies. Yet – when transformed into laws – norms become appropriated by dominant discourses becoming “truths.”  Those in control of language always construe them as “universal” and, as such, “transparent”. Those once tormented by philosophical “insatiety,” sharply aware of this, face a choice: a pill-induced schizophrenia which must eventually come, or even more catastrophic consequences of the tragic protest, which are most likely to ensue. Oppressive normativity and protest have always gone hand in hand. The 2018 International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, in a sense, is a product of the refusal to take the Murti-Bing pill.




CONFERENCE FEE: The conference fee amounts to 600 PLN (Polish Zloty), which is ca. 160 EURO,


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W dniach  26-28 kwietnia 2017 r. odbędzie się konferencja pt. “Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives)” („Indygenne/lokalne formy ekspresji kulturowej w sztuce opowiadania (storytelling), dramacie,  teatrze i performansie. Głosy tradycji i współczesności w Kanadzie i na Górnym Śląsku w Polsce”)

Główny prelegenci:

  • Tomson Highway, Naród Kri (Kanada), dramatopisarz,  powieściopisarz,  pianista,  kompozytor, działacz społeczny
  • Jo-ann Archibald,  Naród Stol:lo (Kanada), University of British Columbia,   profesor pedagogiki,  pionierka badań nad pedagogiką indygenną,  autorka  Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Dr hab. prof. UŚ Zbigniew Kadłubek, Uniwersytet Śląski, kierownik Katedry Literatury Porównawczej, filolog klasyczny, komparatysta, eseista, tłumacz, pisarz, autor szkiców o dawnej i współczesnej kulturze Śląska, retoryce, literaturze średniowiecznej, ekspresjonizmie niemieckim.
Opublikowano w Wydarzenia

Doktoranckie Koło Naukowe NEOlinguists ma zaszczyt zaprosić do udziału w pierwszym seminarium o humorze Humor Research Project seminar, które odbędzie się w dniach 30 listopada - 1 grudnia 2017 w Katowicach (CINiBA) pod patronatem Instytutu Języka Angielskiego, Instytutu Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych, oraz Instytutu Języków Romańskich i Translatoryki Uniwersytetu Śląskiego.

Zapraszamy do wzięcia udziału w naszych warsztatach poświęconych językowi i humorowi, umożliwiających poznanie różnych metodologii badań. Nasz wspólny projekt obejmował będzie perspektywę językoznawczą, kulturoznawczą, literaturoznawczą, a także translatoryczną, by pozwolić na lepsze zrozumienie specyfiki języka humoru. Dlatego też chcemy zachęcić wszystkich doktorantów oraz studentów ostatniego roku studiów magisterskich do składania referatów i wzięcia udziału w dyskusjach związanych z metodologią badań humoru przez pryzmat różnych paradygmatów.

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International Conference organised by the Department of Postcolonial Studies and Travel Literatures, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Szczyrk, META Hotel, 20 – 23 September 2017

Opublikowano w Konferencje

The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia is happy to announce its upcoming conferenceL Fantastic Material(s): Things and the Workings of the Non-Real (7-8 July 2016). The conference Keynote Speakers are Mark Bould (UWE, Bristol, UK) and Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (Central Michigan University, USA). Futher details and the CfP can be found on the conference’s website:


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Ties and Knots. Bridges between Lands and Cultures International Conference

September, 18th – 19th 2014.


Zapraszamy do pobrania programu konferencji (dokument MS Word) oraz plakatu (PDF).

Opublikowano w Konferencje

Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich oraz Koło Naukowe Kanadystów ma wielki zaszczyt zaprosić wszystkich studentów oraz pracowników naukowych na studencką konferencję pt. One Coin, Two Sides: Hybridization of Cultures in Canada, która odbędzie się 13-tego maja 2013 roku w Sosnowcu.
Zachęcamy do pobrania CFP.

Opublikowano w Wydarzenia

Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich oraz Koło Naukowe Kanadystów ma wielki zaszczyt zaprosić wszystkich studentów oraz pracowników naukowych na konferencję pt. One Coin, Two Sides: Hybridization of Cultures in Canada, która odbędzie się 13-tego maja 2013 roku w Sosnowcu.
Zachęcamy do pobrania CFP.

Opublikowano w Konferencje

Zapraszamy wszystkich pracowników i doktorantów IKiLA do wzięcia udziału w konferencji naukowej Nature(s)? organizowanej przez nasz Instytut w dniach 10-12 maja 2012r. w Szczyrku. Zachęcamy również do zapoznania się z Call for Papers tej konferencji. 

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Wydział Filologiczny Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach
ul. Gen. S. Grota-Roweckiego 5
41-205 Sosnowiec