We are happy to announce a guest lecture by Prof. Ewa Bal, Member International Federation for  Theatre Research. The lecture, entitled "Cultural Mobility: Methodological Perspectives", will be given on 8 June 2018, Friday in room 4.63 at 16:30.

Students and faculty members are kindly invited to attend.           

more information at   www.theatrum.us.edu.pl


Informujemy, że wykład gościnny prof. Petera Swirskiego planowany na dzień 25 maja zostaje odwołany.

Moduły do wyboru 2018/2019

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1.) 3 rok specjalność kultura-media-translacja: „LITERATURA/KULTURA” 15 godzin wykłady, 30 godzin ćwiczenia

dr Marcin Mazurek
Utopia i dystopia w literaturze, filmie i teorii
Utopia and Dystopia in Literature, Film and Theory
The module’s purpose is to analyse selected examples of both literary and cinematic utopias and dystopias in view of their conceptual assumptions and – in case of utopias – their failures resulting in blurring the boundary between utopian ideals and dystopian, or anti-utopian outcomes. The texts and films under scrutiny include both classic literary representations and contemporary visions, which are all located within relevant theoretical contexts, including dystopian undertones in particular theoretical approaches.

dr hab.Eugenia Sojka
This interdisciplinary course is designed to explore literary and cultural texts ( including film and visual arts) of several minority groups in Canada with reference to changing mythologies of Canadianness. It focuses on dominant Canadian narratives of nationhood and their distinctiveness within the North American model.
dr hab. Eugenia Sojka
The course is designed to acquaint students with Canadian diasporic and Indigenous intercultural drama, theatre and performance and provide critical tools for the analysis of various types of interculturality. Texts selected for discussion will be grouped into the following categories: re-appropriation of canonical works, celebration of transculturality, dialogue of aesthetic traditions and performing intercultural memory.

2.) 3 rok specjalność kultura-media-translacja: „ MEDIA” 15 godzin wykłady, 30 godzin ćwiczenia
dr Karolina Lebek
The course is devoted to the exploration of the phenomenon of the aesthetic form of the weird in contemporary literature, film, and TV of the fantastic and speculative inclination. Defined by the presence of things strange, unknown, disturbing and suggestive of monstrosity, the weird is a flexible and liquid form, accommodating instances of cosmic horror, the supernatural, the grotesque and the absurd. Therefore, the course maps the weird in the context of such genres and modes as horror, fantasy, the gothic and science fiction, tracing its roots to the late 19th century/ early 20th century in the short stories of such writers as Algernon Blackwood, M.P. Shiel, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Chambers, Arthur Machen, William Hope Hodgeson and, most significantly, H.P. Lovecraft. Moving on to contemporary culture, the course discusses selected weird works and theories of the weird offered by, among others, Thomas Ligotti, Jeff VanderMeer, China Mieville Michael Cisco, Kathe Koja, Caitlin Kiernan, Kelly Link as well as films, art and TV series inspired by their work. The assigned texts for the course will consist mostly of short stories and visual materials.

dr hab. Eugenia Sojka
The course is devoted to the postcolonial / decolonial analysis of cinematic discourses by selected Canadian filmmakers of Indigenous background. The first part of the course focuses on the examination of various types of colonial mis/representation of Aboriginal people in the mainstream American photography and film, and then it proceeds to the exploration of self-representation by Indigenous artists in films which aim at decolonizing the traditional ethnographic, Hollywood and other problematic representations of American Aboriginal people.

mgr Ewa Wylężek
Course Title: THEORY OF GAMES, PLAY, AND CARNIVAL/ Teoria gier, zabawy i karnawału
Class Description:
The module introduces the fundamental concepts of game and play theory as well as an examination of the concept of carnival and the relations between them. Students will learn about the differences and similarities between the phenomena as well as study the characteristics and tools games, play, and carnival include and use. The course will consider the social and cultural significance of ludicity and the emergence of homo ludens. Philosophical theories of play and games should be examined with special attention drawn to aspects such as, fate/chance, power, identity, carnivalesque, magic circle, alea, agon, mimicry, vertigo.

The seminar portion of this course will build upon the ideas explored in lecture, albeit with an eye towards case studies inspired by computer games and other texts of culture. The written assignment will have as its aim an analysis of a chosen cultural phenomenon.

mgr Ewa Wylężek
Course Title: A Survey of North American Cinema / Kino Pólnocnoamerykańskie
Class Description:
This two-part course will address the development of North American cinema, specifically by positioning it as a unique site of expression, debate, inclusion/exclusion, consensus, and, of course, cultural negotiation.

The lecture portion of this course will investigate North America’s cinematic history, specifically by relating it to notions of power, technology, identity, and nationhood. We will subsequently ponder how one hundred and twenty years of North American cinema, in the sense of production, transmission, and consumption, has played a unique role in the continuous formation, reception, and negotiation of those notions. Specific cinematic examples that we will contextually investigate include The Kid, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Double Indemnity, On The Waterfront, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Graduate, Jaws, Back to the Future, Boyz n the Hood, American Beauty, and WALL-E. By the conclusion of this course students ought to be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of North American culture via the lens of cinema. Students should equally be able to identify and expound upon the social movements, technological developments, governmental influence, and capitalist motivations that have played a role in establishing this cinematic history.

The seminar portion of this course will build upon the ideas explored in lecture, albeit with an eye towards cinematic adaptions of classic North American novels and plays. Our seminar time will be dedicated to theories of adaptation, the major differences between cinema and literary texts, strategies for altering literary texts for the cinematic medium, factors that influence the adaptation process, and why specific texts have been optioned for cinematic development.

dr hab. Leszek Drong
Irish Film and Literature
(20th century)
This course offering interweaves films and readings in order to vary the range of cutural texts concerned with Irish history and social issues which have informed and inspired Irish artists. The key theme to be explored throughout the course is that of representation and art's capacity to convey a truth about our experience of reality.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), dir. Ken Loach
Brooklyn (2015), dir. John Crowley
Breakfast on Pluto (2005), dir. Neil Jordan
Some Mother's Son (1996), dir. Terry George
'71 (2014), dir. Yann Demange
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009), dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel
Philomena (2013), dir. Stephen Frears

dr Tomasz Gnat

  • Module title: Cyberculture – social, cultural and economic context of the Internet.
    Nazwa modułu: Cyberkultura – społeczny, kulturowy i ekonomiczny kontekst Internetu.
    The purpose of the module is to outline and investigate the fundamental change in the way we conceptualize and experience our world, the change directly related to the emergence of global communication networks. The basic premise of this module is that the global spread of information and communication technology (ICT), is both a sign of the postmodern era and the premiss for that era of intensive worldwide interactions of people and exchanges of goods, services, information, and capital. As such, the following topics will be covered during the module: crisis of the old, emergence of the new media, economy and business ethics of new media, the cultural effects of new media, transparency, privacy and information gathering in the context of new media, Fair Use, regulation of new media and the effects of social media.

We are happy to announce a guest Lecture by Prof. dr. Thomas Pfau, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English Professor of German, Member of Duke Divinity School Faculty. The lecture, entitled "Forms of Attention in G. M. Hopkins, P.Cezanne, and Sebastiao Salgado", will be given on 29 May 2018, Tuesday in Lecture hall,  1.49 at 11:30 a.m. Students and faculty members are kindly invited to attend.

It is with great pleasure that we announce two lectures by Professor Peter Swirski who will visit our institution from 22 May to 02 June this year.

“Oral Traditions in Literature and Society: Empirical Approaches to Literary Paleoanthropology” will take place on May 24th at 2pm in SRW (The School of Modern Languages  University of Silesia, Gen.S. Grota-Roweckiego 5 in Sosnowiec).
"That’s Entartainment! Nobrow Art as Beachbooks for Intellectuals” will take place on 25th May 2018 at 2pm in SRW (The School of Modern Languages  University of Silesia, Gen.S. Grota-Roweckiego 5 in Sosnowiec).

On May 30th at 2pm, Professor Swirski will also be a guest speaker at a meeting on Stanisław Lem and his fiction organized bythe Ireneusz Opacki Institute of Polish Literature, in Katowice (SRW, Plac Sejmu Ślaskiego, Katowice).

The lectures and meetings are open to the public.

Peter Swirski is a Canadian scholar and writer, listed in the Canadian Who’s Who. He is Amazon and Alibris multiple #1 Bestseller in American History and Criticism, Popular Culture Criticism, and Canadian Literary Criticism, and author of seventeen award-winning books. He has appeared on the BBC Forum with audience of more than 200 million and, alongside Noam Chomsky, at the UNE Center for Global Humanities.



Between May 21st, 2018, and May 23rd, 2018, IECL will host Dr. Mark Jackson from Newcastle University, UK. Dr. Mark Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and his research is based mostly on the Eastern Mediterranean with a focus on Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. He is also Manager of the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive, and has recently assisted the directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuehl, in the making of their Letters from Baghdad (2016), a documentary about Gertrude Bell. During his visit, Dr. Jackson will give an open lecture on Monday, May 20, 15:00 (room 1.49) – “Gertrude Bell, the Newcastle Archive and the World War I Centenary, and will conduct a workshop for MA students (Tuesday, May 21, 11:30, room 2.8) – “Gertrude Bell: from traveller to archaeologist.”

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