UWAGA KANDYDACI NA STUDIA!

Zachęcamy wszystkich kandydatów na studia na specjalności prowadzone przez Instytut Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych do zapoznania się z informacjami dotyczącymi rekrutacji na nasze studia. Rekrutacja na specjalności kierunku filologia angielska prowadzone przez IKiLA prowadzona jest drogą elektroniczną na takich samych zasadach jak na inne kierunki i specjalności oferowane przez Uniwersytet Śląski. Szczegółowe informacje na temat procesu rekrutacji można znaleźć na stronach Uniwersytetu Śląskiego.

The Writing Centre of the English Institutes at the University of Silesia in Katowice

We are happy to announce that the Writing Centre of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures has resumed its work in the year 2016/2017. The Writing Centre offers help to students requiring assistance with written assignments or seeking to improve their academic and creative writing skills. For more information go to the Writing Centre website (http://writingcentre.us.edu.pl/).

Events
  • The Student Research Festival Invites!

    The Student Research Festival is an annual event organized by the faculty and students at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures since 2013. The main aim of the Festival is to grant students the opportunity to share their academic interests and provide a platform enabling dialogue between those interested in the exchange of thoughts and research perspectives.

Announcements for Students
  • Schedule of Classes has been modified on 18. Feb, 2017

    Please note that the classesschedule has been modified on 18 February 2017. The current schedule is always displayed on the Schedules page. Please remember to check this page often as the schedule is still subject to change.


  • Schedule of Classes has been modified on 18. Feb, 2017

    Please note that the classesschedule has been modified on 18 February 2017. The current schedule is always displayed on the Schedules page. Please remember to check this page often as the schedule is still subject to change.

  • Schedule of Classess, 2 semester academic year 2016/ 2017

    Dear International Students,

    The schedule of classes for the second semester of the academic year 2016/ 17 can be found here.  Please note that the schedule are is subject to changes. To be informed of all possible changes you need to monitor the announcements on the IECL home page.

  • The Student Research Festival Invites!

    The Student Research Festival is an annual event organized by the faculty and students at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures since 2013. The main aim of the Festival is to grant students the opportunity to share their academic interests and provide a platform enabling dialogue between those interested in the exchange of thoughts and research perspectives.

  • Selma. Film screening and a discussion moderated by Persia Walker

    Selma. Film screening and a discussion moderated by Persia Walker

    Department of American and Canadian Studies, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, has the pleasure to invite all interested students and staff to a film show and a discussion with Persia Walker. The meeting will take place on February 24th, 2017.

    The room number will be announced soon.

     

    February 24th, 2017

    9:30 – 11:45              Film show: Selma (directed by A. Duvernay)

    11:45 – 12:15            Discussion moderated by Persia Walker: The Civil  Rights Movement of the 60s and Black Lives Matter Movement of Today 

     

  • Semi-final of the Nationwide Contest on Canada “Discover Canada 2017”

    The semi-final of the Nationwide Contest on Canada “Discover Canada 2017”  is taking place on February 2nd 2017, lecture hall 051.  The event will begin  at 12:00 with a lecture by Alexandra Marchel (University of Toronto /University of Warwick),  entitled: "Re-Storying Canada: Tracing the Politics of Indigenous and Settler Relations in an Age of Reconciliation."  More information on the contest can be found on the website:  http://www.mt-oka.pl/ ;  please find the semi-final program in the attachment.  Canadian Studies Centre and Department  of American and Canadian Studies cordially invite everybody to the guest lecture.

     

  • (In)fidelity in Translation: Translation in Culture, vol. 2

    Since the cultural turn in Translation Studies, formulated by Susan Bassnett and André Lefevere (Translation, History and Culture, 1990), we have witnessed a flourishing of interest in the area of translation perceived as cultural phenomenon, a mediator between the Same – the source language/culture and the Other – the target language/culture. This awareness of perceiving an act of translation in terms of cultural transposition brings new perspectives and dilemmas and situates literary translation in the spotlight of literary studies.

  • Student Exchange With the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada

    Student Exchange With the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada

    Students interested in studying one semester at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada (UFV)  (http://www.ufv.ca/),within the framework of the international student exchange agreement between the University of Silesia (US) and UFV,  are requested to submit the following documents by February 10th 2017 at the IKiLA front office (3rd  floor):

    1. Motivational letter explaining the applicant’s interest in taking specific courses offered by the UFV Humanities Department (3-5 courses):
      https://www.ufv.ca/arts/humanities-departments/
      https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/programs/
    2. Document confirming the US grade average (earlier years of studies and the first semester of the academic year 2016-17); the last semester grade average can be submitted by February 10th 2017 but the students interested in this academic opportunity are encouraged to apply earlier.

IECL Conferences

  • Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives
    Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and  Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives

    A Conference Organized by the University of Silesia,  Poland  and the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
    April 26-28, 2017, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec campus

    Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and  Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives

    www.fraserus.edu.pl
    https://www.facebook.com/indigenoustheatre2017poland/
    Confirmed Speaker: Tomson Highway (Cree)

    “Storytelling is at the  core of decolonizing,  because it is a process of remembering, visioning and creating a just reality […] [it] becomes a lens through which we can envision our way out of cognitive imperialism” (Simpson 89)

    The first of the intended series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of the complexity of Indigenous cultures of North America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe - is a joint project of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, Canadian Studies Centre, Department of American and Canadian Studies, Theatrum Research Group and the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures at the University of Silesia (US), and the Department of English and Indigenous Affairs Office, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Canada.  As Canadian and Polish scholars and educators working in the fields of  Indigenous, minor, and transcultural literary and cultural studies, we propose that the first conference will explore the traditional and contemporary expressions of culture in Indigenous America,  specifically Canada, and in the Eastern/Central European territory of Upper Silesia, specifically Poland, with a primary focus on the  acts of resistance, survival and celebration of culture as enacted in storytelling, drama, theatre and performance (DTP). Performance is interpreted broadly including traditional and contemporary music and dance as well as festival events understood as modes of cultural storytelling. We envision the event as a meeting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars representing a variety of disciplines  and Indigenous Canadian and Upper Silesian storytellers, writers,  artists, performers,  educators and community members.

    Our aim is to explore the richness of Indigenous expressions of culture in storytelling and DPT in Canada and Upper Silesia. We believe that the transcultural dialogue between scholars, artists and educators of marginalized cultures will be an enriching learning experience for all,  but especially for Upper Silesians, colonized by diverse powers throughout history, whose most recent struggle for recognition,  including the processes of cultural and linguistic revitalization, can benefit from such transcultural encounters.   

    The exploration of Canadian scholarship on Indigenous literatures and cultures, and especially the work of Indigenous playwrights, artists, performers, scholars/critics and educators is of great interest to the critics of minor/ Indigenous literatures and cultures in Europe. We believe that in spite of many differences between Indigenous cultures of America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe, critical insights and analytical tools offered by Indigenous research methodologies, epistemologies and pedagogical theories  can provide instructive,  alternative ways of approaching the under-studied and under-theorized works of European minor/Indigenous writers, performers and artists. A panel discussion by specialists in this area will explore diverse perspectives on these complex issues.

    Presentations in various formats will be addressing the following aspects of the conference theme: 

    Re-reading and re-writing of history in DTP

    • Poetics, aesthetics and politics of identity construction in DTP
    • Storytelling, drama, theatre and performance as tools of decolonization and pedagogy
    • Storytelling as a repository and archive of Indigenous knowledge
    • Interrogating the concept of indigeneity: theorizing indigenous and minor cultures perspectives
    • Indigeneity of Upper Silesia
    • Transindigeneity and a dialogue of cultures
    • Indigenous ontology, epistemology, axiology, and methodology and their translation into storytelling and DTP
    • Use of oral traditions, stories,  culture and history to promote activism
    • Inventing home through stories and performance: a decolonizing approach to DTP
    • Performing history and re-visioning of community memories DTP
    • The role of the storytelling and DTP in the cultural revival of Canadian Indigenous cultures
    • The role of the storytelling and DTP in the cultural revival of Upper Silesian culture and language
    • (De)Construction of cultural identity in storytelling and DTP
    • Traditional knowledge and values in storytelling and DTP
    • Indigenous/ local knowledge and traditional and contemporary expressions of culture
    • Performance of identity and  language recovery and revitalization 
    • Language recovery and revitalization and identity construction
    • Methodological practices of Native Performance Culture (NPC) as a possible model for the Upper Silesian expressions of culture
    • Diversity of the traditional Indigenous forms of cultural expression in the contemporary Canadian Indigenous and Upper Silesian DTP
    • Theories of affect and the enactment of Indigenous cultures in storytelling and DTP
    • Traditional knowledge versus folklore and its performance
    • Folklore and theatre
    • The role of folklore in preserving Indigenous and minor cultures
    • The condition of ritual in theatre – Canadian Indigenous and Slavic perspectives
    • Contemporary storytelling methods in DTP
    • The poetics of place and aesthetic values
    • Poetic auto-creation and mythologizing of Indigenous cultures and landscapes
    • Indigenous values and cosmologies and their translation into DTP
    • Heritage tourism and storytelling
    • Cultural festivals and their role in preserving and inventing cultures

    With a comparative project in mind, we are initiating new avenues of research related to the marginalized local/ indigenous/minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe studied in the context of Indigenous cultures of North America. We hope this pioneering venture in will lead to a greater understanding of the Indigenous and minor cultures functioning within major dominant national narratives of Canada and Poland. 

     

    ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

     University of Silesia:                                       University of the Fraser Valley                                

    Eugenia Sojka,  Ph.D., D.Litt.

    Dorota Fox,  Ph.D., D.Litt.

    Aneta Głowacka, Ph.D.                             Michelle LaFlamme,  Ph.D.                                       

    Sabina Sweta Sen , Ph.D.                                  Shirley Swelchalot Shxwha:yathel Hardman,  M.A.

    Rafał Madeja,  M.A.

     

  • Corpus Historicus: The Body In/Of History
    Corpus Historicus: The Body In/Of History

    University of Silesia in Katowice
    Faculty of Philology
    Institute of English Cultures and Literatures

    CORPUS HISTORICUS: THE BODY IN/OF HISTORY
    Sosnowiec, Poland, June 30th‒July 1st 2017
    www.corpushistoricus.wordpress.com

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    The significance of the body in the context of historical narratives has been paramount for the understanding of the contemporary human condition and of the past by which it has been shaped. Our perception of the body and the bodily, seen as both the object and the subject in and of history, has influenced our current understanding of both individual and collective narratives of the past, since, in the words of Donna McCormack, “[f]lesh is woven into history as both the bloody deaths necessary to achieve the desired goals and the skin on which it has become possible to write these new foundational narratives.”[1]

...all IECL Conferences

 

Recent IECL Books

  • Translation in Culture
  • Nebraska
  • Urban Amazement
  • Figury i znaczenia mądrości. Studium interdyscyplinarne
  • Materiality and Popular Culture. The Popular Life of Things
  • Histories of Laughter and Laughter in History. HistoRisus
  • HistoRisus. Historie śmiechu / śmiech [w] historii
  • A Mosaic of Misunderstanding: Occident, Orient, and Facets of Mutual Misconstrual
  • Podróże z Conradem. Szkice
  • The Self Industry: Therapy and Fiction