The KMT, KAOJ, SW and AD schedule of classes has been modified.

You can find the current schedule here.

The KMT, KAOJ, SW and AD schedule of classes has been modified.

You can find the current schedule here.

The KMT, KAOJ, SW and AD schedule of classes has been modified.

You can find the current schedule here.

Below find attached the schedule of classes for the 1st semester of the academic year 2019/ 2020, for the following Courses of study:

Culture - Media - Translation (KMT)
Culture and Literature of the English Speaking Countries (KAOJ)
American and Canadian Studies for Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy (AD).

Please note that the schedule is subject to changes. To be informed of all possible changes you need to monitor the announcements on the home page.

This version of the schedule is valid since October 21, 2019 (PDF FILE)

Below find attached the schedule of classes for the 1st semester of the academic year 2019/ 2020, for the following Courses of study:

Culture - Media - Translation (KMT)
Culture and Literature of the English Speaking Countries (KAOJ)
American and Canadian Studies for Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy (AD).

Please note that the schedule is subject to changes. To be informed of all possible changes you need to monitor the announcements on the home page.

This version of the schedule is valid since October 21, 2019 (PDF FILE)

This Monday (17.06), the IECL will host its first Sprint Day Care!, an event during which students of all years of Sprint-Write will be able to spend time together and relax playing various games. Some students will play closed RPG sessions, but there will also be card games and board games available. All faculty members and doctoral students who would like to take a break from the exams and come out to play are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Magdalena Bednorz or Nina Augustynowicz. We start at 11.30 a.m. in room 2.12.

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Have you ever smuggled a book to your Uni just to read it between the lectures? Are you a library power user? Do you read between the spines? On the 4th of June we held the very first meeting of the BOOK CLUB which will come into life this October. For those of you who couldn't be with us, the door is still open.

This is your happy place. Come to join our bookworms colony and help us expand! You'll make new friends without any of the drama. Since we won't hang out that often (every month), you'll never fight about anything (except maybe what book to read next).

Books are better READ THAN DEAD.


For more information, click on the link:


On Tuesday, 28th May at 16:00 in room 332 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Silesia, Magdalena Bednorz, MA, will give a lecture entitled Space in Computer Games, held as part of a series of general philosophical seminars Imaginary Space - Space Created organized by the Department of Philosophical Anthropology and Cognitive Science and the Department of Logic and Methodology of the University of Silesia.

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The aim of this book is to explore the body in various historical contexts and to take it as a point of departure for broader historiographical projects. The chapters in the volume present the ways in which the body constitutes a valuable and productive object of historical analysis, especially as a lens through which to trace histories of social, political, and cultural phenomena and processes. More specifically, the authors use the body as a tool for critical re-examination of particular histories of human experience, and of societal and cultural practices, thus contributing to the burgeoning area of body history in terms of both specific case studies as well as historiography in general.

Publikacja Zwierzę – Język –Emocje. Dyskursy i narracje stanowi interdyscyplinarny zbiór siedemnastu  tekstów autorstwa badaczy reprezentujących rożne dyscypliny i różne metodologie. To, co łączy zebrane w tomie artykuły to próba refleksji nad związkiem pomiędzy językiem i emocjami w kontekście relacji człowiek –zwierzę.  Ów związek poddany jest analizie w dwóch obszarach.  Pierwszy obszar wyznaczają dyskursy filozoficzne, prawne i religijne - zebrane artykuły składają się na część pierwszą tomu zatytułowaną  Dyskursy/Dylematy/Relacje. Drugi obszar obejmuje zagadnienia reprezentacji relacji człowiek- zwierzę w tekstach literackich oraz autobiograficznych – artykuły omawiające sposoby przedstawiania zwierzą w literaturze tworzą drugą część tomu, zatytułowaną Narracje/Biografie/Przedstawienia.

Książka skierowana jest do badaczy zajmujących się tematyką studiów nad zwierzętami, literaturoznawców, językoznawców, tłumaczy oraz teoretyków kultury.

Some changes have been introduced to this year's Days of Canadian Culture programme: the dates of lectures and workshops by prof. Michelle LaFlamme have been altered. Please download the most recent programme from the attachment to this message.

We cordially invite all students and staff of our faculty to participate in this year's edition of Days of Canadian Culture. Detailed information can be found here.

The Canadian Studies Centre cordially invites all students and staff to participate in this year's edition of the Days of Canadian Culture. This year's edition will feature a series of lectures and workshops in Canada's indigenous cultures.

Tracy Bear (Cree), University of Alberta
Michelle LaFlamme (
Métis, Creek), University of the Fraser Valley
Monique Mojica (
Kuna and Rappahannock), playwright, theathre director, actress and artistic director of the  Chocolate Woman Collective, Toronto.


The detailed programme is in the document attacheed to this message

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Już 16 maja fantastyczna okazja do wysłuchania wystąpień studentów, którzy podzielą się z nami swoimi zainteresowaniami naukowymi i wynikami prowadzonych badań. Serdecznie zapraszamy!

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).

Dear International students,

please note that the schedule of classes has been modified (February 24, 2019). You can always check the current schedule here. Also, please note that the schedule us subject to change in the first weeks of the semester.

H.E. Ms. Leslie Scanlon, Ambassador of Canada to Poland, and Mr. Jeremy Wallace, Counselor, Political and Public Affairs, will visit the University of Silesia on February 26th 2019.

The distinguished guests will meet with the University of Silesia authorities, including the University President (Rector), Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Kowalczyk, vice-Rectors Dr hab. Prof US Tomasz Pietrzykowski and prof. dr hab. Ryszard Koziołek, Dean of the Faculty of Philology Prof. zw. dr hab. Krzysztof Jarosz and  Vice-Deans Prof. zw. dr hab. Adam Dziadek and Dr. hab. Jolanta Latkowska.

The University of Silesia Canadianists and the organizers of the “Discover Canada 2019” contest, both at the university and high school level, will also have a chance to meet the representatives of the Canadian government.  The Ambassador will give two interactive lectures, followed by a question and answer sessions, one to the University of Silesia students, and the other to the semi-finalists of the nationwide contest. Mr. Wallace will have an additional meeting with students of the American and Canadian Studies for Intercultural Communications and Diplomacy program.

The Canadian Studies Centre extends an invitation to the University of Silesia students, and especially those representing the Faculty of Philology, to the lecture, meeting and the question and answer session with H.E. Ms. Ambassador on February 26th, 9:50am to 11:10 am.

Dear International Students,

The schedule of classes for the second semester of the academic year 2018/ 19 can be found here.  Please note that the schedule is subject to changes. To be informed of all possible changes you need to monitor the announcements on the IECL home page.

The file attached below contains the Schedule of Classes for all programmes of study run by IECL in the second semester of the academic year 2018/ 2019. Please note that the schedule is subject to changes. To be informed of all possible changes you need to monitor the announcements on the IECL home page.

This version of the schedule is valid since February, 25, 2019

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_text66066); 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

Książka jest zbiorem artykułów poświęconych opowiadaniom Josepha Conrada. Autorami są polscy i zagraniczni badacze twórczości pisarza oraz angliści literaturoznawcy. Proponują oni reinterpretacje krótkich utworów prozatorskich, w większości będących tekstami, którymi conradystyka się dogłębniej nie zajmowała. Celem publikacji jest demarginalizacja form krótkich i zwrócenie uwagi na ich bogactwo treściowe i formalne.

Oprócz analiz literackich publikacja zawiera również artykuły poświęcone zagadnieniom związanym z filmowym adaptacjom oraz przekładom i przekładoznawstwu – zagadnienia te omawiane są oczywiście na przykładzie nowel Conrada.

Książka adresowana jest do szerokiego odbiorcy, zarówno tego, który interesuje się literaturą zawodowo jak i pasjonującego się prozą literacką z zamiłowania. Będzie szczególnie cenna dla czytelnika, który dopiero przystępuje do poważniejszych studiów nad Conradem jako pisarzem, którego kunszt znalazł w gatunku opowiadania podatną formułę wypowiedzi artystycznej.

Książka zawiera indeksy: osobowy, postaci fikcyjnych i utworów literackich.

Książka jest zbiorem artykułów autorstwa międzynarodowego grona badaczy zajmujących się historią, kulturą i literaturą średniowiecznej Skandynawii. Tematem książki jest władza królewska, jej definiowanie i egzekwowanie przez władców w średniowiecznej Skandynawii. Atutem pracy jest bez wątpienia ujęcie tego zagadnienia z punktu widzenia różnych dyscyplin (historia, literaturoznawstwo, historia prawa) i wskazanie nowych możliwości interpretacyjnych w tym zakresie.

NEOlinguists – the PhD candidate association is pleased to announce that the Humor Research Project conference will be held on April 4-5, 2019 in Sosnowiec 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.

The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for discussions on the perception of humour through various paradigms. We hope that Humor Research Project will become a chance to explore humour in its interdisciplinarity and universality, as well as will make it possible to encourage debate on the place of humour in language, culture, and academic research. Thus, we would like to invite researchers who are interested in the topic to attend this event devoted to language and humor, which will cover both linguistic and (cross-)cultural perspectives, as well as literary and translation studies so as to provide important insights into language for humorous purposes.

Between Illusionism and Anti-Illusionism: Self-Reflexivity in the Chosen Novels of J. M. Coetzee takes as its premise J. M. Coetzee’s distinction between “illusionism” and “anti-illusionism”: the realist and the self-reflexive traditions in prose fiction. The aim of this critical study is to demonstrate that these two traditions are not opposed, but rather complementary to each other, and enrich the novel as a genre. Based on Marek Pawlicki’s doctoral thesis, the book is a detailed analysis of Coetzee’s oeuvre, paying particular attention to the impact of the writer’s literary essays on his fiction.

Insofar as it looks into the ways in which Coetzee’s work as a critic has affected his novels, this book deals with the relation between fiction and literary criticism. Chapter One is an introduction into the topic of self-reflexivity. Chapters Two to Five, devoted to Dusklands, In the Heart of the Country, Age of Iron and Summertime, are concerned with the issue of subjectivity in confessional discourse and the boundary between fiction and autobiography. Chapters Six to Eight, concentrating on Foe, Slow Man, The Master of Petersburg, and Elizabeth Costello, offer insight into Coetzee’s views on literary creation and the role of the writer in society. Between Illusionism and Anti-Illusionism also examines intertextual references in Coetzee’s novels to the works of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kafka and Beckett.

Dear International students,

please note that the schedule of classes has been modified (October 27, 2018). You can always check the current schedule here. This is - hopefully - the final version of the schedule. Should you have any questions concerning the reasons for so many changes of the schedule, please come visit me furing my office hours, I'll gladly answer any questons you might have.

Okolicznościowe dwuwoluminowe wydawnictwo w języku angielskim i polskim przygotowane z okazji nadania J.M. Coetzeemu doktoratu honoris causa Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach w październiku 2018r. Publikacja zawiera: Wstęp (JM Rektor Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, prof. dr hab. Andrzej Kowalczyk), Laudację (prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Białas), opinie recenzentów (Prof. Derek Attridge, Prof. David Attwell, prof. dr hab. Ryszard Koziołek), Słowo Doktoranta (Prof. J.M. Coetzee) i Curriculum Vitae J.M. Coetzeego (dr Marek Pawlicki).

Professor John Maxwell Coetzee's honorary doctorate degree award ceremony will be broadcast live by UŚ TV YouTube channel.  The Broadcast will start on 23 October at 1055, and will be available here

Dear International students,

please note that the schedule of classes has been modified (October 21, 2018). You can always check the current schedule here. Also, please note that the schedule us subject to change in the first weeks of October.

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.

 Professor John Maxwell Coetzee will receive the honorary doctorate degree at the University of Silesia in Katowice. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 at 11.00 in Lecture Hall no. 8 at the Faculty of Law and Administration. The ceremony will be attended by the teaching and administrative staff, as well as the guests of the University.

Książka stawia sobie za zadanie ujęcie twórczości powieściowej J.M. Coetzeego od innej strony, niż większość krytyków ma w zwyczaju. Zwykłą praktyką, do której zresztą pisarstwo to zachęca, jest jego ogląd z pozycji „humanistycznej”, krytykującej nadużycia kolonializmu i konfrontującej przemoc z problemami egzystencjalnymi Człowieka na drodze do Prawdy i samorealizacji. Mimo że w dzisiejszym świecie autorytet uniwersaliów, takich jak Człowiek i Prawda, został mocno nadszarpnięty, gdyż może być postrzegany jako zawsze służący czyimś interesom, wydaje się, że Coetzee stworzył na swój użytek metodę pisarską, w której podstawowe cechy powieści humanistycznej mogą być zachowane, a która jednocześnie stara się bronić przed zarzutami uwikłania w grę przemocy i interesów.

By pokazać polityczne, narracyjne i egzystencjalne konsekwencje postaw przyjętych przez bohaterów tego rodzaju uwspółcześnionej wersji powieści humanistycznej, w książce poddano analizie siedem powieści Coetzeego, a zawarte w nich przesłanki dyskursu humanistycznego zostały skonfrontowane z wybranymi koncepcjami teorii psychoanalitycznej, w szczególności Jacques’a Lacana, oraz ich polityczną aplikacją dokonywaną przez Slavoja Žižka.

Drugie wydanie książki zostało wzbogacone o rozdział omawiający trzy pseudoautobiograficzne powieści Coetzeego oraz rozdział poddający analizie jego Żywoty zwierząt, rodzaj metafikcji poświęconej prawom zwierząt.

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”.

Studenci I roku studiów II stopnia specjalności: kultura media-translacja, amerykanistyka dla komunikacji międzykulturowej i dyplomacji oraz SPRINT-WRITE II

Zapisy na seminaria magisterskie prowadzone przez wykładowców Instytutu Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych odbędą się na zebraniu z opiekunem roku w pierwszym tygodniu października. Informacje o tematyce seminariów i prowadzonych w ich ramach pracach magisterskich, pomocne w dokonaniu wyboru seminarium i promotora, zostały zamieszczone poniżej.


Centred on the metaphor of bridges and knots, this volume investigates the dialogic and dialectical relationships between socially dissimilar and topographically distant cultures. The contributions here explore various methodological frameworks for discourses and theories that purport to conceptualize cultural spaces, which – as opposed to objective, geographical areas – are characterized by the propensity to bind topographical distances by means of symbolic ties and perimeters. The chapters address possible juxtapositions and intersections of spatial and temporal dimensions of cultural practice, religious and ethical “ties and knots” between lands and cultures, disconnections between historical, literary and cultural epochs, discourses of cultural entanglement and cultural ensnarement on individual and social levels, and the possibilities of raising aesthetic bridges between various cultures in music, poetry and visual arts, among other topics.

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


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

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.”

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”.


We would like to cordially invite all to visit and participate in the Sixth Student Research Festival on April 19. All the details are in the attached schedule. Further information can be found on Facebook:


The Finals of “Discover Canada 2018” will take place in the Municipal Culture Centre in Żory in April 12th – 13th 2018.

On the first day of the contest the finalists will be taking an oral exam and will deliver a multimedia presentation on the topic “The role of museums and galleries in the representation of Canada.” The best presentation will be repeated before the audience during the Award Ceremony next day. Dr Ewa Urbaniak-Rybicka from the Polish Association for Canadian Studies will give a lecture entitled ‘Gods, Victims and Essential Others: Animals in Canadian Literature.’



Make sure that on the 11 April (Wednesday) and 12 April(Thursday) you will find time to visit us at the Spring Charity Fair. Good books and delicious treats will be waiting for you!  As usual we collect money to support foundations which help animals. More information available at the fair.

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The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures invites everyone to a public lecture by Professor Jeremy Tambling, entitled William Shakespeare: Bastards, Fools, and Madcaps. The lecture will be held on 11 April (Wednesday), 13.15, room 0.51

Professor Jeremy Tambling lectured at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Manchester. He has published numerous monographs on literature, culture and literary theory: Narrative and Ideology; Opera and the Culture of Fascism; Lost in the American City: Dickens, James and Kafka; Allegory and the Work of Melancholy: The Late Medieval and Shakespeare. His most recent publication is Histories of the Devil: From Marlowe to Mann and the Manichees.


We are happy to announce that on April 10 a renowned British writer Sarah Lefanu will give a lecture titled "Empathy and Empty Spaces: Adventures in Life-Writing". Everybody is welcome! The Lecture will be held at 1045 in SRW (Faculty Council Hall).

Students interested in creative writing are invited to participate in a creative writing workshop with Sarah LeFanu. See the attached poster for more information.

The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures and H/Story Research Circle invite all to participate in the international conference


Sosnowiec, Poland, Nov. 23rd-24th 2018

Please note that the deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15.


The etymology of the word “emotion,” whose first use dates back to the sixteenth century, betrays the multiplicity of its meanings. Derived from the Middle French emouvoir (to stir up), it traces its origins back to the Latin emovēre (to remove or displace), which in turn comes from the Latin movēre (to move). The notion of movement, then, or a change of state, has always accompanied the way people conceptualise emotions. History is, similarly, a record of movement, fluidity, and volatility, and this approach is increasingly being extended to the study of humanity’s past, with emotion studies bringing increased sensitivity to historical, literary and cultural enquiries. Approaching emotions as “engines,” that is catalysts of past events and processes is, however, fraught with challenges. It is largely due to the fact that the roles of irrationality and emotionality as motivating elements in history and its narratives are not easy to determine and often elude scientific study due to their intimate and highly personal nature. Likewise the very thought that historical decisions affecting the lives of many might have been made under the capricious influence of somebody else’s emotional state fills us with dread. And yet, we suspect or perhaps even know that many events of both distant and not so distant past have been dictated by emotional disposition and moods of those who made them. If fear, hatred, desire, disgust, pity, envy, love and shame affect our individual choices, they might as well influence the decisions whose consequences go beyond one’s singular or communal experience. From the Ides of March, through the separation of the Church of England from Rome, to the role of the social media in the most recent presidential elections in the USA, emotions have shaped and influenced historic events giving rise to groundbreaking social and political changes.

Next week we're hosting a guest lecture by a good friend of IECL, Dr Arngrimur Vidalin from the University of Iceland, who taught several courses at the University of Silesia in the spring term of 2016. Dr Vidalin will be speaking about medieval ideas of race and about what may be called "medieval racism". The lecture is open to everyone interested and will take place on Thursday, March 22nd at 14.00 in room 0.51.

Next Friday (9.03.2018) I LO in Mysłowice high school will host the 15th edition of "English Days", a competition that allows high schoolers from all over the region to check how much they know about English-speaking countries. This time they will have to prove themselves by answering questions and solving tasks about Washington - the city, the state, and the president. This is also the sixth time the competition is organised under the auspices of our Institute.

From Mind to Text: Continuities and Breaks Between Cognitive, Aesthetic and Textualist Approaches to Literature explores the historical context of theory formation and of its contemporary status, including an overview of debates about theory’s role in literary studies provided both by representatives of theory itself, as well as by those who distance themselves from it.

"Oddajemy do rąk Państwa kolejny, siódmy już tom Wielkich tematów literatury amerykańskiej. Tym razem motywem przewodnim zbioru stała się miłość. Autorzy jedenastu zamieszczonych w zbiorze tekstów próbują odpowiedzieć na pytanie, czy rzeczywiście miłość jest wielkim tematem amerykańskim. Czy członkowie tego społeczeństwa, na ogół postrzeganego jako pragmatyczne, materialistyczne i konsumpcyjne, cenią uczucie miłości? Czy istnieją, a jeśli tak, to jakie są literackie obrazy miłości w literaturze (i kulturze) amerykańskiej? Niniejszy tom podejmuje próbę odpowiedzi na te i podobne pytania." (Sonia Caputa, Agnieszka Woźniakowska – Wstęp)

The semi-final of the Nationwide Contest on Canada “Discover Canada 2017” is taking place on February 27th 2018, lecture hall 0.2. The event will begin at 12:00 with a lecture by dr hab. Anna Branach-Kallas, (Professor at University Mikołaja Kopernika, Head of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies) entitled: “Canada’s Great War: Facts, Propaganda, Myths.”

More information on the contest can be found on the website:

Canadian Studies Centre and Department of American and Canadian Studies cordially invite everybody to the guest lecture.

The Student Research Festival is an annual event organized by the faculty and students at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures since 2013. The main aim of the Festival is to grant students the opportunity to share their academic interests and provide a platform enabling dialogue between those interested in the exchange of thoughts and research perspectives.

Ever since its inception, the Festival has become a space of stimulating debate and academic discussion for both those who consider their future in the academia and those who wish to share their projects which combine their passions with their scholarly interests.

The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures, is happy to invite you to a Northern Ireland Seminar to be held on March 7, 2018 at 10:00 am. Venue: Faculty of Philology, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, ul. Gen. Grota-Roweckiego 5, room 2.18.

The seminar will be concerned with contemporary Northern Ireland – its culture, recent history, politics and literary representations of the Troubles (as well as the post-conflict period). The speakers will include: Frank Ferguson, Wesley Hutchinson, Patrick Quigley, Michaela Markova, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Katarzyna Ojrzyńska, Michał Lachman, Jacek Mydla i Leszek Drong. An open discussion is planned at the conclusion of the seminar. Admission is free but please contact the organizers in advance as the number of seats is limited: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A detailed programme is attached below.

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Course programmes provided below are valid since the academic year 2017/ 2018

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

 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.




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


Make sure that on the 13 December (Wednesday) and 14 Decemeber (Thursday) you  will find time to visit us!

Professor Mehmet Ali Çelikel, Head of the English Department of Pamukkale University (Denizli, Turkey) - a distinguished Turkish academic, talented poet, sensitive translator, a great friend of our Institute - will be our guest 9th -16th December this year. Professor Çelikel will give two open lectures: “City and Cultural Identity in Kureishi’s London and Pamuk’s Istanbul: A Comparative Reading of Something to Tell You and A Strangeness in My Mind” (Wednesday, Dec. 13, 15:00), and “Multiculturalism and Criminal Mystery in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Peyami Safa’s Arséne Lupin in Istanbul” (Thursday, Dec. 14, 13:00).

Zapraszamy wszystkich zainteresowanych do udziału w wykładzie profesora Kaza Dziamki poświęconemu Apaczom i ilustrowanego muzyką na żywo do Sali Rady Wydziału w środę 6 grudnia o  godzinie 13.15.


Kaz Dziamka

From November 31 to  December 2 Katowice will host the Silesian Festival of Science. This year our Institute will be represented by two groups: H/Story Research Circle and WICKED SHAPES, a group of  SPRINT-WRITE students. Both groups have prepared presentations which will be open to public on 1 and 2 December in Międzynarodowe Centrum Kongresowe in  Katowice.

We cordially invite all interested students to take part in the meeting of the H/Story research circle inaugurating its activity in the autumn term of 2017. The meeting will begin with a short lecture by Ms. Marta Gorgula, M.A., entitled "Body Shock: World War I Mutilation and Its Representation in Video Games (BioShock)" and it will be followed by a discussion on pop-cultural takes on history and the ethics of representing mutilation in video games. The event is part of the series entitled "History Goes Pop: Deal with It" and its theme coincides with the remembrance week celebrated in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Time: Nov. 17th 2017, 9.45 a; venue: room 1.49, Sosnowiec, ul. Grota-Roweckiego 5.

We are pleased to announce that Magdalena Bednorz will participate in The First International Workshop in Game Studies “Games & Gender”, which will be held in Vilnius on November 3-4. At the invitation of European Humanities University, she will give a talk discussing adjustment of the courtly love trope in selected examples of female-oriented romantic subplots in video games.

For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures and Irish Culture Foundation are pleased to invite you to the Irish Day. We are happy to announce that the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland in Poland, His Excellency Gerard Keown has agreed to be our guest.

The Ambassador will open an exhibition entitled "Irish Revival" arranged by the Irish Culture Foundation and also participate in the events organised in the main building of the Faculty of Philology of the University of Silesia (Sosnowiec,  Gen. Stefana Grota-Roweckiego 5).

The Irish Day will be held on December, 4 (Monday). The events will start at 9am. You can find the full programme of the events below.

W dniach 1 – 29 listopada dyrektor IKiLA, prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Białas będzie gościem University of Alberta (Edmonton) w Kanadzie. Program wizyty obejmuje cykl seminariów i wykładów, spotkania robocze z władzami Wirth Institute, spotkania robocze z władzami English and Film Studies, spotkania z Prezesem i Członkami Zarządu Kongresu Polonii Kanadyjskiej (Okręg Alberta). Nadrzędnym celem wizyty jest omówienie konkretnych inicjatyw służących intensyfikacji i poszerzeniu dwustronnej współpracy.

This year's edition of the international conference series in games and literary theory, GamesLit, will be held in Montreal on October 20-22. We are pleased to announce that Magdalena Bednorz will be discussing her analysis of the negotiation strategies adopted in fanworks thematizing one of the main moral choices of the Dragon Age series, in the presentation entitled "(Sometimes) a Good Man: Challenging the Moral Narrative of the Game in Dragon Age: Origins Fanworks." More information about the event, as well as its programme, can be found on the conference website.

3 października odbyło się sympozjum autorów monografii Figury i znaczenia mądrości. Studium interdyscyplinarne, wydanej pod redakcją prof. Marty Zając w roku 2016. W Sali Rady Wydziału spotkali się: prof. Kamilla Termińska (Wydział Filologiczny UŚ), prof. Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (Wydział Filologiczny UW), prof. Marta Zając (IKiLA), ks. prof. Jerzy Szymik (Wydział Teologiczny UŚ), prof. Andrzej Wicher (Wydział Filologiczny UŁ), prof. Jacek Mydla (IKiLA), dr Marek Kulisz (IKiLA). Autorzy poszczególnych rozdziałów reprezentowali różne obszary współczesnej humanistyki: literaturoznawstwo, językoznawstwo, filozofię i teologię.

 5 października profesor Agnieszka Adamowicz-Pośpiech będzie brała udział w spotkaniu w Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego w ramach Warszawskiego Festiwalu Conradowskiego. To konkretne spotkanie będzie poświęcone ukazanemu przez Conrada etosowi pojedynku.

Conrad - plakat

The 6th World Congress of the International American Studies Association, ‘Oceans Apart: In Search of New Wor(l)ds,’ in August 2013 attracted scholars from all over the world to Szczecin, a Polish harbor city with a long multicultural, multinational, and multilingual history. Offering their multidisciplinary perspectives, the participants answered the call of Paweł Jędrzejko (the initiator and organizer) for debate on ‘the transoceanic dynamics of history.’ This publication is a collection of papers presented at the conference; the first volume centered on literary topics, and the present one takes a broader, cultural angle, with articles from the world of politics, literature, education, and sociology. The waters of the oceans that wash the shores of our continents keep us apart, forming the blue bands separating ‘us’ from ‘them.’ But, at the same time, they also move restless and anxious travelers across, enabling contacts inspired by curiosity of the difference and provoking different ways of handling it. The oceans manage the difference in an admirable way. They humbly embrace various waters flowing into them from distant places, smoothly accommodating variety. Through their patient moves, they soften the sharp edges of the objects embraced. The present volume contains articles on transcending values, ideas, disciplines, cultures, or political divisions. The consecutive sections group them around different management of differences: overcoming, strengthening, recognizing or creating them. Navigating and understanding America’s differences is a difficult task; the oceans can offer a good practice [...].

Drawing on love studies and research in material cultures, this book seeks to re-examine love through materiality studies, especially their recent incarnations, new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, to spark a debate on the relationship between love, objects and forms of materializing affection. It focuses on love as a material form and traces connections between feelings and materiality, especially in relation to the changing notion of the material as marked by digital culture, as well as the developments in understanding the nature of non-human affect. It provides insight into how materiality, in its broadest sense, impacts the understanding of the meanings and practices of love today and reversely, how love contributes to the production and transformation of the material world. 

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.

This book intertwines phenomenological fieldwork with a wide range of Heidegger’s writings to explore how our everyday uses of mobile media technologies permit a unique avenue to rediscover poiēsis, our creative cultivation that is simultaneously a bringing forth, a revealing. Shining a light on poiēsis better allows us to see how human beings are, at their core, dwellers that disclose worlds and cultivate meaning. In our chaotic modern world, our ability to appreciate this foundational feature of our existence seems to be fading from view. Such forgetting has fractured our confidence; we increasingly question, doubt, and struggle with what unfolds before us. This book thus argues that we ought to look towards our intimate and recursive mobile media practices as the avenue for which we can revitalize poiēsis, as doing so allows us a purview into how we are always situated in a meaningful locale, playing an imperative role in its continued cultivation.


First individual comprehensive solo exhibition of Bracha L. Ettinger's art organised by Muzeum Śląskie in collaboration with Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach. Dr Anna Chromik from the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures is curating this exhibition.

More details available on the Silesian Museum's website and and on the Facebook event page.

Eurydice – Pieta is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger’s art in Poland.

We're pleased to inform that one of the largest and most dynamic among Turkish universities: Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (ÇOMÜ) - 44.000 students, located on the Dardanelles, close to the ruins of Troy - is our new Erasmus+ partner.

Informujemy, że 14 czerwca 2017 roku, w sali RW w Sosnowcu, o godz. 13.00 odbędzie się publiczna obrona rozprawy doktorskiej mgr Justyny Jajszczok. Promotorem rozprawy zatytułowanej "The Parasite and Parasitism in Victorian Science and Literature” ("Pasożyt i pasożynictwo w wiktoriańskiej nauce i lieraturze") jest dr hab. Małgorzata Nitka. Serdecznie zapraszamy wszystkich zainteresowanych.

The Gender Studies Centre has a pleasure to invite all students and staff to a lecture by Prof. Marta Tomczok co-organised with the Silesian Museum (Muzeum Śląskie). The lecture will be devoted to Izabela Czajka-Stachowicz (b. 1893 in Sosnowiec, d. 1969 in Warsaw) who was a writer, a celebrity and a muse of such artists as Witkacy, Gombrowicz and Iwaszkiewicz.

The lecture will be devoted to the period of Czajka's professional life spent in Katowice, her relationship with Teofil Ociepka's painting, her career in the communist police forces, her poetry and prose. Prof. Tomczok will explore new perspectives in Czajka's autobiographical research, including eco-critical and eco-feminist tropes.

The lecture will take place on June 13, at 17.30 in Muzeum Śląskie. More information is available here:


The session will be devoted to Conrad's stories: 10-minute presentations and workshop discussions over the interpretative theses of Conrad's stories („round table discussion”) 

10.00-11.00 – chair: Maciej Nowak

  • prof. dr hab. Stefan Zabierowski: „Młodość”
  • Sławomir Konkol: „Młodość” Conrada i Mothering Sunday Grahama Swifta
  • Ewa Borkowska: Pocztówka z Neapolu, czyli patetyczny „Il Conte”
  • Agnieszka Adamowicz-Pośpiech: „Pojedynek” Conrada i Warunek Rylskiego

10.40-11.00 discussion

11.00-11.20  tea and coffee break

11.20-12.15 – chair: Agnieszka Adamowicz-Pośpiech

  • Justyna Jajszczok: Muł, czarownice i straszne łóżko. „Gospoda dwóch wiedźm”
  • Anne Keithline: The Offerings of Vanity: False Senses of Self in “The Planter of Malata” (W ofierze Próżności: fałszywe poczucie własnej tożsamości u bohaterów „Plantatora z Malty”) – prezentacja w języku angielskim
  • Jacek Mydla: „Opowieść”: szkatułki narracyjne, prawda i niepewność
  • Marek Pacukiewicz: „Opowieść”

12.00 -12.15 discussion

12.15-12.30 break

12.30- 13.15 – chair: Jacek Mydla

  • David Schauffler: Yanko Goorall i Espen Arnakke: Ślady „Amy Foster” w powieściach Sandemosego „Marynarz wychodzi na ląd” i „Uciekinier przechodzi swoje ślady”
  • Daniel Vogel: Joseph Conrad i spotkania z Innym na podstawie opowiadań „Karain. Wspomnienie” oraz „Placówka postępu”
  • Maciej Nowak: Bugijski dandys na szkunerze z zaświatów.  Czytając „Lagunę” Conrada

13.00 – 13.15 discussion and resume of the session

Professor German A. Duarte of the University of Bogot á Jorge Tadeo Lozano and University of Bolzano will give a talk on 6 June 2017 entitled "Violentology After War". Everybody's welcome! Place: room 4.63. Time: 13:15.

The Irish Embassy in Poland has invited Leszek Drong to take part in an open debate (alongside Jerzy Jarniewicz and Katarzyna Bazarnik) on James Joyce and the Irish Revival. The debate called “An emerald set in the ring of the sea” will be held in Teatr Polski in Warsaw on June 20, 2017 (at 6:00 pm). It is organized to commemorate Bloomsday; prior to the discussion Andrzej Seweryn will read selected passages from Joyce's writings. 

Z olbrzymią przyjemnością informujemy, że dr hab. Eugenia Sojka została zaproszona do wzięcia udziału w Konferencji “Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas. Literature, Justice, Relation” (24-27 maja 2017), University of Toronto, Kanada. Konferencje TransCanadas to najważniejsze wydarzenia akademickie w kanadyjskich angielskojęzycznych badaniach humanistycznych. Prof. Sojka wygłosi referat “Oh, Canada! How have you been constructed in Poland? Polish translators, writers, publishers and scholars and their role in the representation of Canada” w panelu “Transatlantic Literary and cultural perspectives. Past, Present, Future.”

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.


Under the auspices of Erasmus+ Mobility Program we welcome a colleague from the University of Oviedo (Spain) at our Institute. Dr. Alejandra Moreno Álvarez will stay with us until Saturday 13th May.

We're pleased to announced that Dr. Julia Szołtysek was invited by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of Newcastle University (UK) to conduct a guest seminar 'Between 'the me that leaves and the me that returns': Gertrude Bell’s Persian Gateways and Walls'. 5pm, Thursday 18th May, Armstrong Building 2.16, Newcastle University.

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.

Gender Studies Centre is delighted to invite both students and staff to a discussion with Maciej Duda, PhD, devoted to his most recent book, Dogmat Płci. Polska wojna z gender [The Dogma of Sex. The Polish War with Gender]. The event will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday, April 19th, in Drzwi zwane koniem, ul. Warszawska 37, Katowice. The event is addressed not only to people academically involved in gender studies, but also to everyone interested in the thorny issue of the Polish reception of gender, and the recent debates concerning gender equality and politics. The discussion will be chaired by Anna Chromik, PhD, and Michał Kisiel, MA. The event will be held in Polish exclusively.

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.

The Finals of „Discover Canada 2017” will take place in the Municipal Culture Centre in Żory in April 6th – 7th 2017.

This year’s contest examining committee consists of the representatives of the Department of American and Canadian Studies ( dr. hab. Eugenia Sojka, dr. Sabina Sweta Sen- Podstawska and mgr Rafał Madeja) and the Polish Association for Canadian Studies (dr. Tomasz Soroka from the Institute of American and Polish Diaspora Studies at the Jagiellonian University). The high school teachers from Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Karola Miarki in Żory engaged in the project are: mgr Beata Pasierbek, mgr Beata Kurzeja, mgr Hanna Mrozek oraz mgr Wojciech Oleś.

Informujemy, że obecnym semestrze, w dniach 3 kwietnia do 15 czerwca 2017r., zatrudniona została na stanowisku profesora wizytującego w Instytucie Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych Pani Profesor Barbara Messamore z University of the Fraser Valley w Kanadzie. W ramach specjalności „Amerykanistyka w stosunkach międzykulturowych i dyplomacji” na kierunku filologia angielska będzie prowadziła następujące zajęcia:

  1. Stosunki międzynarodowe (International Relations) - wykład
  2. Stosunki międzynarodowe (International Relations) - ćwiczenia
  3. Moduł ogólnouczelniany z obszaru nauk społecznych – Historia kanadyjskiego i amerykańskiego konstytucjonalizmu (Canadian and American Constitutional History)

Przyjazd Pani ProfessorMessamore jest elementem realizacji polityki umiędzynarodowienia, której częścią jest podpisana umowa bilateralna z University of Fraser Valley.

We would like to cordially invite all students to the Fifth Student Research Festival which will take place on April 6 (Thursday) in SRW. The programme includes students' papers, good music and the presentation of a videogame designed by Sprint-Write students. Join us and have a good time!!!! 

Na prośbę organizatorów przekazujemy informację o drugiej edycji konkursu na recenzję tłumaczeń. Zachęcamy do wzięcia udziału wszystkich studentów i doktorantów.

Już po raz drugi studenci oceniać będą tłumaczenia książek nominowanych do Nagrody Kapuścińskiego za Reportaż Literacki. Konkurs organizowany jest wspólnie z Wydziałem Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego oraz Centrum Badań i Edukacji im. Ryszarda Kapuścińskiego przy Wydziale Dziennikarstwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. W tym roku studenci i doktoranci mogą poddać ocenie przekłady książek:

z języka angielskiego:
- Delhi. Stolica ze złota i snu. (Capital. A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi) Rana Dasgupta, przełożyła Barbara Kopeć-Umiastowska, wyd. Czarne
- Wojna umarła, niech żyje wojna (The War is Dead, Long Live the War), Ed Vulliamy, przełożył Janusz Ochab, wyd. Czarne

z języka hiszpańskiego:
- Głód (El Hambre) Martin Caparrós, przełożyła Marta Szafrańska-Brandt, Wydawnictwo Literackie

z języka włoskiego:
- Legenda żeglujących gór (La leggenda dei monti naviganti), Paolo Rumiz, przełożyła Joanna Malawska

Dzięki uprzejmości autorów oraz ich wydawców, organizatorzy udostępniają (wyłącznie na użytek konkursu) oryginalne wersje językowe tych książek.

Prace nadsyłać można do piątku, 21 kwietnia, do godz. 23:59. Regulamin konkursu oraz dodatkowe informacje można znaleźć na stronie:

Dla zwycięzców przewidujemy atrakcyjne nagrody.

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Zachęcamy do zapoznania się ze szczegółami konkursu i do wzięcia w nim udziału.

It is with great pride that we can share the news that the article by dr Agnieszka Kliś-Brodowska titled "Pisząc dyscyplinę. O historii badań gier cyfrowych i zawiłościach jej pisania na, przykładzie "(bardzo) krótkiej historii game studies Fransa Mäyry" ("Writing a disclipline. Of Digital Game Studies and of the complexities of its "writing" on the example of (very) brief history of games studies by Frans Mäyra), published in issue no. 1(9)/2016 of Homo Ludens, has been named the best article of the year. Congratulations!

The article is available online (in Polish) at the Homo Ludens website.

Startup Games Sosnowiec was an event organised by Ogrody Przedsiębiorczości which took place in Cinema City on 7th of March 2017 in Sosnowiec. Its program was mostly focused around the game concept competition which gathered around ten projects in total. Each concept was presented in 4-minute pitch-presentations and could be further explained within 2 minutes of Q&A time. Wicked Shapes, set up by a group of Sprint-Write students, came to compete with DREM (a dark adventure point&click game that was also presented during Student Research Festival in 2016) and their new project titled Wicked Quest (fantasy shoot'em up in caricature style). While neither of Wicked Shapes' projects won any of the main prizes, DREM won a special prize for an original concept.

W czwartek 23 marca 2017 roku  odbędzie się w Instytucie Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych Dzień Otwarty adresowany do uczniów i nauczycieli szkół śednich naszego regionu,  którzy będą mogli uczestniczyć w wybranych zajęciach i wykładach. Oprócz zajęć przewidzianych tego dnia w rozkładzie zajęć zaplanowano również dwa specjalne wykłady (dr. hab. Rafała Borysławskiego i dr. Justina Battina) oraz warsztaty prowadzone przez mgr. Sławomira Konkola i Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich.

Szczegółowy program Dnia Otwartego w załączniku. Serdecznie zapraszamy!

W niedzielę, 26 lutego, odbyło się siódme spotkanie z cyklu seminariów groznawczych organizowanych w Krakowie przez nieformalną grupę badaczy gier z Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego – lvl.up. Seminarium organizowane i prowadzone było wspólnie przez mgr Joannę Kucharską z Instytutu Sztuk Audiowizualnych Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego oraz mgr Magdalenę Bednorz, reprezentującą Instytut Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych. Z ramienia naszego Instytutu w wydarzeniu uczestniczył również Jacek Wandzel, student studiów drugiego stopnia specjalności Sprint-Write.

Student research group "DevProper" was established with an aim to broaden participants' knowledge of issues connected with interactive entertainment, game studies, as well as to develop their game design skills.

The research group focuses on the following areas:

  • analysis and research into theoretical aspects of interactive entertainment,
  • practical exercises connected with designing interactive entertainment,
  • creating and developing prototypes of both traditional and computer games,
  • developing skills connected with creating narratives and writing for interactive entertainment,
  • preparation and delivery of presentations concerning practical and theoretical aspects of interactive entertainment,
  • analysis and critique of interactive entertainment products.

The research group is open to all students of Silesian University. Weekly meetings take place on Fridays (13:00), in room 1.44 of the Philology Department in Sosnowiec, Grota-Roweckiego 5.

Department of American and Canadian Studies, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, has the pleasure to invite all interested students and staff to a film show and a discussion with Persia Walker. The meeting will take place on February 24th, 2017.

The room number will be announced soon.


February 24th, 2017

9:30 – 11:45              Film show: Selma (directed by A. Duvernay)

11:45 – 12:15            Discussion moderated by Persia Walker: The Civil  Rights Movement of the 60s and Black Lives Matter Movement of Today 


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Wydział Filologiczny Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
ul. Gen. S. Grota-Roweckiego 5
41-205 Sosnowiec