The Institute of English Studies Newsletter,
University of Łódź
Editors: Agnieszka Rasmus, Anna Ewa Wieczorek, Dorota Wiśniewska
Our address: The Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź,
Al. Kościuszki 65, 90-514 Łódź, Poland
The Institute of English Studies Newsletter is published for staff members as well as anyone interested in following the current developments and future activities of the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź. Each issue covers recent and upcoming events with regular updates on our conferences, publications, guest lectures and other educational and/or academic projects.
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In this fourth issue of the Newsletter, we provide updates about forthcoming conferences, recent publications and other important academic events. Read on to find out about our educational offerings and latest news updates.
The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films and a distinctive style of music. It has influenced poets, novelists, painters, musicians, political theorists, social reformers, academics, home décor and fashion. It manifests itself in regional and national diversities. It ruptures borders, defies conventions and ridicules taboos.
Łódź seems an ideal venue for discussions on all things Gothic. This city boasts a post-industrial grandeur with neo-gothic architecture and archetypically Gothic cobbled alleyways. Here the past speaks through dereliction and wistfulness, fresh-glazed modernity overlying cobwebs and broken plaster where cinematic paths lead directly to Polański and Lynch.
The 2014 follow-up to the initial All that Gothic conference, held in Łódź in 2011, aims to capture the evolution of the Gothic, providing accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying cultural mode from its onset to the early years of the twenty-first century, adopting a broad international perspective. Open for inspection under this canopy are such manifestations of the Gothic as popular culture of the sixteenth century (including ballads and revenge tragedy), political theories of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the rise of the Gothic novel, the Gothic Revival and the influence of Gothic culture on film, music, and fashion today. Among its more modern concerns this interdisciplinary conference will foster new readings of popular Gothic productions over the last few decades.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• from Victorian to contemporary High Street Goth/ic fashion
• Gothic performance and art festivals
• Gothic popular fiction from Twilight to Shadow of the Wind
• Gothic and the silver screen: from Nosferatu to Only Lovers Left Alive
• such trends and icons as Steampunk, Batman and Lady Gaga,
• theorizations of popular Gothic monsters (from zombies and vampires to werewolves and ghosts) in an age of terror/ism.
Excess and Exuberance are key words in the 2014 edition of All that Gothic. In keeping with the conference theme, individual proposals may address:
• the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions
• Gothic regional and national diversities
• Goth/ic manifestations across genres: novel, theatre, poetry, music, Gothic as film and TV
• nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized and post-colonial populations
• the struggle of "high" with "popular" culture
• changing attitudes towards human identity, life and death, sanity and madness
It is our great honour to announce that our confirmed plenary speakers are:
Zofia Kolbuszewska, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Agnieszka Soltysik-Monnet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Catherine Spooner, County College, Lancaster University
For more information visit http://filologia.uni.lodz.pl/gothic/index.html
The Department of Translation Studies at the University of Łódź is proud to announce that the 4th international conference on Teaching
Translation and Interpreting (TTI 2014) will be held on 28-29
November 2014 at the Łódź University Conference Centre in Łódź, Poland,
The conference draws on the success of three TTI conferences, held in April 2008 and 2009 and October 2011, where it was unanimously decided that meetings devoted to theoretical and practical aspects of translation training, translation didactics and translation curricula are a necessity.
The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:
• translation training
• translation curricula
• teaching, learning and training interpreting
• teaching, learning and training audiovisual translation
• translation training in the academia
• translation competence
• competencies of professional translator trainers
• the use of computer in translation education
• interdisciplinary approaches to translation education
The organisers intend to publish the proceedings after the Conference as a monograph volume devoted to the methodological issues in translator education.
For more information visit http://www.tti.uni.lodz.pl/
The volume investigates the legacy of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein in contemporary philosophy of language and linguistics. These philosophers inspired both the development of analytic philosophy and various philosophical approaches to the study of language. They have influenced technical discussions on truth, proper names, definite descriptions, propositions and predication, sense and reference, truth, and philosophical and linguistic inquiries into the relations between language, mind and the world. The studies gathered in this volume discuss most of these issues and aim to show that the results of this research are still of utmost importance, and that the three philosophers have significantly contributed to the linguistic turn in philosophy and the philosophical turn in the study of language.
The volume includes contributions by: Joachim Adler (Zurich), Maria Cerezo (Murcia), Pawel Grabarczyk (Lodz), Arkadiusz Gut (Lublin), Tom Hughes (Durham), Gabriele Mras (Vienna), Carl Humphries (Cracow), Gary Kemp (Glasgow), Siu-Fan Lee (Hong Kong), Jaroslav Peregrin (Prague), Ulrich Reichard (Durham), Piotr Stalmaszczyk (Lodz), Piotr Szalek (Lublin), Mieszko Talasiewicz (Warsaw).
For more information visit http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/247478
In May 2014, Rodopi brought out a volume of essays "Practicing Pragmatist Aesthetics," featuring dr Bartczak's essay entitled "Wallace Stevens's Pragmatist Poetics of Poetic Plenitude." The volume and the article are the result of an international research project on pragmatist aesthetics in which dr Bartczak has participated.
In May 2014, Unversitas brought out a book by prof. Marjorie Perloff entitled Modernizm XXI wieku (21st Century Modernism), translated by Tomasz Cieślak-Sokołowski (Jagiellonian University) and Kacper Bartczak. Perloff is a foremost American poetry critic and Modernizm XXI wieku is her first book publication in Polish.
“Intertextuality,” the first issue of the second volume of Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal, comprises seven articles that probe into the intersection between various texts which are often separated by significant cultural and chronological gaps. While all of the papers published in the collection address the issue of intertextuality, they do so from various perspectives. And thus, the contributions approach the main topic with reference to feminist retellings of the Bible and of ancient myths; comic and satirical reinterpretations of Arthurian legends; appropriation and adaptation, including the problem of adaptability; as well as relations between a canon and fan fiction based on it.
For more information visit
In January 2014, dr Bartczak attended a conference on food aesthetics, organized by the "Center for Body, Mind, and Culture," managed and coordinated by prof. Richard Shusterman at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where he gave a talk on the significance of references to food and the soma-tic element in the poetry of Wallace Stevens (dr Bartczak is a member of an international somaesthetics research group led by prof. Shusterman).
Pearson in cooperation with the DysTEFL experts – Joanna Nijakowska, Judit Kormos, Anne Margaret Smith and Margaret Crombie – produced a series of four videos on dyslexia and foreign language teaching for EFL teachers. The videos are devoted to 1) the effect of dyslexia on foreign language learning, 2) accommodating dyslexic learners, 3) the role of information technology and 4) developing phonological and orthographic awareness.
The videos are available at Pearson ELT http://www.youtube.com/user/PearsonLongmanELT/videos and at http://www.pearson.pl/today/wideoszkolenie
Joanna Nijakowska (Department of Pragmatics, UŁ) and Marcin Podogrocki (International Educational Projects Office, UŁ) submitted an international project proposal – DysTEFL2 – the continuation of the DysTEFL project – under the Erasmus+ Grant – Key Action – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices - Action – Strategic Partnership. The winners will be announced in July 2014.
Dr Agnieszka Rasmus and dr Magdalena Cieślak co-organised the exhibition “Łódź Shakespeare: the exhibition to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birth", which reflected Shakespeare's long-term presence in the cultural, educational and intellectual life of the city. The exhibition featured among others a selection of posters, press cuttings, props, photographs, costumes, and programs from important theatrical productions, concerts and operas, examples of translations of Shakespeare's works from the earliest to most recent, a selection of academic publications of the University of Łódź staff devoted to Shakespeare, numerous artefacts related to the cult of Shakespeare and his presence in popular culture, as well as a display devoted to the work of prof. Jan Kott and his links with our University.
Time: opened on 7th April and lasted for two weeks
Place: The University of Łódź Library, 32 Matejki Street, Łódź, Poland
Dr Magdalena Cieślak and dr Agieszka Rasmus together with the International Shakespeare Studies Centre at the University of Łódź co-organised a workshop - “Shakespeare and popular culture: film, commercials and computer games” - as part of “XIV Festiwal Nauki, Techniki i Sztuki w Łodzi” (14th Festival of Science, Technology and Art in Łódź). Dr Cieślak and Rasmus spoke about Shakespeare’s presence on the big and small screen. Due to high attendance (about 150 high-school students), the event was divided into two parts.
Time: 7th of April 2014
Place: The University of Łódź Library, 32 Matejki Street, Łódź, Poland
Professor David Fuller, Emeritus Professor of English and former Chairman of the Department of English Studies in the University of Durham, and Professor Corinne Saunders, Head of Department and Chair of the Board of Studies in the Department of English Studies in the University of Durham, visited the Department in April. Professor Fuller gave two exciting lectures, one to the staff members and one to an MA seminar group, discussing Shakespeare's King Lear and Othello. Professor Saunders, a specialist in medieval literature with a particular interest in gender studies and the history of medicine, met with the members of the Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society to discuss her recent research with them.
In the first week of May, we had the pleasure to host Professor Ton Hoenselaars, a professor in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Utrecht. Professor Hoenselaars is one of key figures in European Shakespeare scholarship, and one of the founders of the European Shakespeare Research Association. Professor Hoenselaars gave a lecture to the staff members about the presence of Shakespeare in the Ruhleben internment camp during WWI, and had a meeting with an MA seminar group where he talked about the connections between Shakespeare and Hitler, quite abundant not only in numerous theatre and film productions but widely available on the Internet.
The Department of Drama and pre-1800 English Literature is happy to announce that on May 19th, Professor Stan Gontarski visited the Institute of English Studies to give an open lecture on Samuel Beckett. Professor Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English, currently working in the English Department at Florida State University. He specializes in twentieth-century Irish Studies, in British, U.S., and European Modernism, and in performance theory.
The DysTEFL project, coordinated by Joanna Nijakowska (Department of Pragmatics, UŁ) and Marcin Podogrocki (International Educational Projects Office, UŁ), has been reported to the ELL – European Language Label Award (http://ell.org.pl/node/1207) – a European certificate for quality and innovation in language education awarded to most innovative projects devoted to foreign language teaching and learning.
The European Language Label is awarded to local, regional, and national projects that have found creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students and teachers, make the best use of available resources to diversify the languages on offer, and other innovative initiatives.
The winners of the 2014 edition of ELL will be announced in June 2014.
The DysTEFL – Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language course has been selected by a panel of expert judges using the Delphi technique and nominated to a prestigious ELTon award (http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/eltons) for Excellence in Course Innovation.
The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in May 2014.
Kacper Bartczak's poetic and scholarly work has recently been discussed on the TVP Kultura channel and during a talk on Radio Łódź.