We are delighted to announce Dr. Trevor Carolan' s visit at the University of Silesia, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, Department of American and Canadian Studies on April 15th 2019. Prof. Carolan who is an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, will give a lecture titled "Cascadia Bioregional Literature on the Pacific Coast: Our Debt to the Beatsand" (at 1315, Room 1.49) and conduct a workshop on Cascadia Bioregional Literature (1515-1815, Room 1.49).
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We are happy to invite Sprint-Write students to a lecture and a workshop “Do, Don’t Show: Action as Plot,” conducted by Marek Golonka (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz).

When: 1 Feb 2019 (Friday), 11.30am-2.15pm
Where: room 2.23

Attention! The number of participants is limited. To take part, please contact Magdalena Bednorz ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text56861); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Agnieszka Kliś-Brodowska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 29 th January.

The lecture and workshop will be devoted to the use of Do, don’t show rule in game design. Whereas the rule of Show, don’t tell finds broad application in creative writing, its extension, Do, don’t show –or “let the gamer ‘do’ the story you want to tell by doing things in the game” – proves particularly useful in the context of video games. During the workshop, students will have a chance to find out how to use the rule while designing different types of games and how to create the first game prototype very quickly thanks to its application.

Marek Golonka – role-playing games designer and PhD candidate in cultural studies; teaches game design at Gamedeck in Bydgoszcz. Since last year, the President of the chapter of the Quentin contest for the best role-playing game script. In Bydgoszcz, his classes focus particularly on plot structuring, RPG game design, gamification and video games theory. He writes scripts for various systems and guides for such publishers as Fajne RPG, GRAmel Books as well as Avalon Game Company and Generic Games

John Maxwell Coetzee’s meeting with his readers will take place on 22 October 2018 at 5 pm in the hall of the Faculty Council at the Department of Philology in Sosnowiec. Prof. Coetzee will read a fragment of his novel and sign copies of his books. All readers are invited.

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It is our great pleasure to invite students and faculty members to IECL first guest lecture of the 2018/19 academic year. On October 19th, 2018, 12:00 – 14:00, IECL will host Dr. Norbert Bugeja from the University of Malta, who will give a lecture entitled  “Titian in Tripoli? Realms of Refuge in Hisham Matar’s The Return”.

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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


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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.

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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.



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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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It is our pleasure to invite both students and faculty to an open lecture by Professor Michael McAteer from Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. The lecture will be held in room 0.51 on Monday, May 21, at 11:30. Professor Michael McAteer will speak on “Sacrifice as Excess in Irish Drama: Patrick Pearse and W.B. Yeats”. He has published two monographs, Standish O’Grady, AE, Yeats (Irish Academic Press, 2002) and Yeats and European Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2010), in addition to a wide range of book chapters and journal essays. He is also Director of the Budapest Centre for Irish Studies.

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Between 8th and 11th of May the Institute of English and Cultures and Literatures will host Dr Lieke Stelling from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) whose research focuses on the culture of Early Modern England and the period of reformation. Dr Stelling will give two open guest lectures at the Institute:

  • on May 9th at 9.45 (room 0.3) she will give a lecture entitled "‘Thy very essence is mutability’: Representations of Religious Conversion on the Early Modern English Stage".
  • On May 10th at 13.15 (room 0.51) the lecture will be titled "Faith in Jest: Towards an Understanding of Humour and Religion in English Reformation Literature".

More details on the attached posters.

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