The Materiality of Love

Monday, 30 Mar. 2015

The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia (Poland) and Love Research Network are happy to announce the CFP for the upcoming conference:

The Materiality of Love

The interest of love studies in the ways affection can be materialized has been reflected through various scholarly perspectives. Although material culture studies have given the issue less attention, there has recently been a revival of research into the intersection of materiality and love. The conference is seeking to reexamine love from the perspective of materiality studies, especially new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, to sparkle a debate on a relationship between love, objects and new forms of materializing affection. The conference aims to analyze the role of things and material culture in practicing and conceptualizing love. It intends to provide an insight into how materiality (in its broadest sense) impacts the understanding of love today (its meanings and practices), and reversely, how love contributes to the production and transformation of the material world.

Lecture by dr Lindsay Thistle

Saturday, 21 Mar. 2015

Department of American and Canadian Studies invites everybody to a lecture by dr Lindsay Thistle from Trent University, Canada. The lecture entitled “Creating Canada, Eh?: Dramatic Representations of National Culture, Identity and Clichés” will be delivered on March 25th 2015 (Wednesday) at 15:10, in lecture hall 1.46.


Thursday, 12 Mar. 2015

Cryptohistories is a collection of essays which provides a meeting ground for historians and cultural scholars analysing discussions of cryptic discourses in history and in historical narratives with roots in the mysterious. The focus here is on history as a subjective narrative, as a conscious construct and as manipulation. Equally important for all the contributors brought together in this book is the mechanics of the rise, popularity and apparent necessity of such narrative strategies. The essays address a variety of issues revolving around the study of cryptic aspects of discourses, ranging from theoretical approaches to secretive narratives of history, cultural encoding and decoding of cryptohistories, microhistories focusing on historical mysteries, and mythicised pasts and processes of mythicization of the past, as well as histories and theories of chance and manipulation. Among its specific subjects Crytpohistories features discussions on the reasons why certain quasi-historical narratives do not reach the status of history; on conspiracy theories analysed from the perspective of contemporary video-games; on the paradoxes of truth and falsehood in history; on parasitology as a cryptohistorical discourse; on the codes of Victorian floriography; on cases of cross-dressing and sartorial camouflage; on the Vietnam War MIAs; on manipulations lying at the core of contemporary Bulgarian identity; on the search for a racial utopia in the American South; and on the fiction of Beryl Bainbridge as a form of cryptohistorical literature.

Additional Info

  • Imię Autora 1 Alicja
  • Nazwisko Autora 1 Bemben
  • Imię Autora 2 Rafał
  • Nazwisko Autora 2 Borysławski
  • Imię Autora 3 Justyna Jajszczok
  • Nazwisko Autora 3 Jakub Gajda
  • Książka współredagowana Tak
  • Tytuł Cryptohistories
  • Wydawca Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Miejsce wydania Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Year of publication 2015
  • Liczba stron 175
  • Seria Tak
  • ISBN 978-1-4438-7229-4

The semifinals are held on March 12, 2015 at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, at 12:00, lecture hall 0.3.
The event will begin with a lecture entitled “Political Satire in Canadian Television Shows” by dr Lindsay Thistle from Canadian Studies Centre, University of Trent, Canada.
50 students selected from 1022 will participate in the second stage of the Discover Canada 2015 contest, which is a joint project of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures and I Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Żory. The patronage of the contest was accepted by the Ministry of National Education, Canadian Embassy in Poland, Polish Consulate in Toronto, President of the University of Silesia Prof. zw. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś, President of the City of Żory, and the Chief Education Officer in Katowice.

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