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
www.captiveminds.pl

 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.

 

DETAILED CALL FOR PAPERS: http://www.ocs.us.edu.pl/index.php/captiveminds/captiveminds/schedConf/cfp

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10.

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

CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://www.ocs.us.edu.pl/index.php/captiveminds/captiveminds

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W dniach 20-23 września 2017 roku odbędzie się w Szczyrku międzynarodowa konferencja naukowa pt. „A Suitcase of Her Own: Women and Travel”, której organizatorem jest Zakład Studiów Postkolonialnych i Literatur Podróżniczych Instytutu Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych.  Wśród poruszanych kwestii znajdą się następujące zagadnienia:

  • motyw kobiety w literaturze podróżniczej,
  • kobieca literatura podróżnicza,
  • podróż jako ucieczka od płci,
  • podróż jako misja,
  • motyw flaneureuse
  • dyskurs różnicy – analiza poetyki użytej w literaturze podróżniczej,
  • kobiece / feministyczne,
  • dyskurs jako wyzwanie, przeciwwaga, sprzeciw wobec patriarchalnego dyskursu,
  • kobieca perspektywa czasu w podróży,
  • emigracja, wygnanie, misjonarki, pielgrzymi, uchodźcy,
  • handel żywym towarem,
  • podróż jako ucieczka, podróże odmieniające życie,
  • reprezentacje podróżniczek w sztuce, muzyce i filmie.
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On May 26 and 27, 2017 you are cordially invited to join us for the "Minor Cultures in Dialogue" conference organized by the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures in Katowice. Below you will find the conference poster; the language of conference is English.

http://minorcultures.us.edu.pl/?p=115

 

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An international conference “Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and  Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives” will be taking place in April 26-28, 2017 at the University of  Silesia, Sosnowiec campus.  The first of the intended series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of complex  Indigenous cultures of North America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe is a joint project of Canadian Studies Centre and Department of American and Canadian Studies at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures,  the University of Silesia interdepartmental Research Group Theatrum,  and the Department of English and Indigenous Affairs Office, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada.

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NEOlinguists – the PhD candidate association is pleased to announce that the first Humor Research Project seminar will be held on November 30 and December 1, 2017 in Katowice (CINiBA) under the patronage of the Institute of English, the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures,and the Institute of Romance Languages and Translation Studies of the University of Silesia.

We would like to invite you to attend our workshop devoted to language and humor which offers an opportunity to learn different approaches to research methodology. This collaborative research project will cover both linguistic and cultural perspectives, as well as literary and translation studies so as to provide important insights into language for humorous purposes. We want to welcome all PhD candidates and final year MA students who wish to contribute their papers and participate in the discussions directly related to methodologies that can be applied to studying humor through the lens of various paradigms.

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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]

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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

www.suitcase.us.edu.pl

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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: https://fantasticmaterial.wordpress.com/.

 

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HistoRISUS: Historie śmiechu / Śmiech [w] historii

Konferencja Instytutu Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
21-22 listopada, 2014
Sosnowiec

Zachęcamy do odwiedzenia strony konferencji: http://historisus.wordpress.com/

Zachęcamy do zapoznania się z zaproszeniem na konferenjcę (Call for Papers) - w języku polskim (PDF) oraz angielskim (PDF).

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Ties and Knots. Bridges between Lands and Cultures International Conference

September, 18th – 19th 2014.

http://tiesandknots.conference.2014.us.edu.pl

 

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

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