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.”

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.

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.

We are happy to announce that Professor Corey McCall will be our guest of on May 17. During his visit he will give two lectures:

- 11:30 a.m., room: 0.51: "Baldwin Boldly (or the Colorful America)"
- 1:15 p.m., room: 0.51: "Imperious Curiosity (with a Pinch of Dasein)" 
Corey McCall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Elmira College in Upstate New York. He earned his PhD from Southern Illinois University in 2005 with a dissertation on the philosophical stakes of Martin Heidegger’s phenomenological account of curiosity. His research examines various intersections between philosophy and literature in both European and American contexts. He is co-editor of Melville Among the Philosophers (Lexington Books, 2017) and Benjamin, Adorno, and the Experience of Literature (Routledge, 2018)as well as numerous articles and scholarly presentations on figures such as Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, and Stanley Cavell. His current work explores the philosophical significance of James Baldwin’s work and various connections between prophecy, myth, literature, and philosophy in American, European, and Caribbean intellectual traditions.

Between April 24th, 2018, and April 26th, 2018, IECL will host dr. Ayça Vurmay from the Mustafa Kemal University in Hatay, Turkey. Dr. Vurmay will come within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme and during her visit will give two lectures: Tuesday, 24/04/2018, 11:30 – “Modernist Crime Fiction” and Thursday, 26/04/2018, 11:30 – “The Interplay Between Literature and Music: The Case of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Fiction”.

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