We are inviting scholars from different fields, disciplines, and sub-disciplines: doctors (including psychiatrists, palliative medicine specialists, and oncologists), neurobiologists, psychologists, lawyers, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, religious scholars, literary scholars, visual culture researchers, scholars of film and performance, people researching memory, forensic aesthetics, pop culture, translation, and so on.

We are interested in presentations that draw from the concept of cultural trauma inspired by the work of the intellectual patrons and participants in the SpeCTReSS project: Jeffrey Ch. Alexander, Ron Eyerman, and Piotr Sztompka.

Presentation proposal submissions (up to 300 words) should be sent to:

traummod@gmail.com and biltoma@gmail.com by March 10, 2017.

The conference organizers will provide accommodation. We also plan to supply catering during the sessions and a joint supper.

The conference fees amount to 100 EUR; 450 PLN.

Information on accepted proposals will be e-mailed by March 15, 2017.

We plan to publish an English-language volume tied to the topic of the conference.

This event will be partially funded by the SPeCTReSS project (The Social Performance, Cultural Trauma and the Reestablishing of Solid Sovereignties) under the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska Curie Programme, contract number 612654, and the National Program for the Development of the Humanities.


Mateusz Antoniuk,

Jagiellonian University

PhD, specialist in literature, researcher at the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Author of: The Word Once Awaken. Czesław Miłosz’ Poetry: An Attempt at Interpretation (Słowo raz obudzone. Poezja Czesława Miłosza: próby czytania) (Kraków 2015), Unlocking the Voice. A Study of Zbigniew Herbert’s Early Works (Otwieranie głosu. Studium o wczesnej twórczości Zbigniewa Herberta) (Kraków 2009), Stanisław Lack’s Taciturn Culture: On (Modernist) Young Poland Awareness of Speech and Silence (Kultura małomówna Stanisława Lacka. W kręgu młodopolskiej świadomości mowy i milczenia) (Kraków 2009). He has also published in the following literary research journals: “Teksty Drugie”, “Ruch Literacki”, “Poznańskie Studia Polonistyczne”, “Polonistyka”; he also co-operated with “Zeszyty Literackie”. Manager of the project: Zbigniew Herbert’s Archive: the study on documenting the writing process (NPRH 2014–2017). Scholarship holder of Milosz Czeslaw Fellowship (as part of Fellowships for Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2014). His interests include modernist literature, genetic criticism.

Peter Arnds,

Trinity College Dublin

Peter Arnds is currently Head of the German Department and the Director of Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He has held visiting positions at the University of Kabul, JNU Delhi, and the University of Adelaide. His publications include several books - on the Wilhelm Raabe and Charles Dickens (Peter Lang, 1997), Representation, Subversion and Eugenics in Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum (Camden House 2004), Lycanthropy in German Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2015); on Translating Holocaust Literature (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), the translation of Patrick Boltshauser's novel Stromschnellen ('Rapids', Dalkey Archive Press, 2014, nominated for the IMPAC, Dublin International Literary Award), and A Rare Clear Day (RedFox Press 2015), a collection of his poetry and water colours. Peter has also published numerous short stories and poems. His novel Searching for Alice has just been accepted by Dalkey Archive Press. Most recently he has spent several months as a Fellow to JNU, Delhi and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide to work on prose and a project entitled 'Wolves of the World: Myth, Trauma, Literature.' He was a writer-in-residence at the Heinrich Boell Cottage on Achill Island, County May, Ireland. He is a permanent Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the PEN Centre for German writers abroad.

Jan Balbierz,

Jagiellonian University

Polish writer, translator, literary critic, specialist in Scandinavian studies. He works at the Jagiellonian University, where he lectures in history of Swedish literature, literary theory as well as practical knowledge of the Swedish language. Author of the following books: Nowy kosmos. Strindberg, nauka i znaki (New Cosmos. Strindberg, Science and Signs, 2008) and À propos inferna. Tradycje wynalezione i dyskursy nieczyste w kulturach modernizmu skandynawskiego (À propos inferna. Traditions Invented and Discourses Unchaste in the Cultures of Scandinavian Modernism, 2012). For the latter he was nominated for Gdynia Literary Prize 2014 in the essay-writing category. His other passions are photography and travel writing. He publishes in several Polish magazines including "Tygodnik Powszechny" and "Dekada Literacka".

Tomasz Bilczewski,

Jagiellonian University

Tomasz Bilczewski, PhD, is assistant professor and director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University. His academic interests include comparative literature, literary theory, translation studies, and Polish and English poetry. He authored Komparatystyka i interpretacja. Nowoczesne badania porównawcze wobec translatologii, 2010 (Comparatism and Interpretation. Modern Comparative Literature and Translation Studies), Porównanie i przekład. Komparatystyka między tablicą anatoma a laboratorium cyfrowym, 2016 (Comparison and Translation. Comparative Literature between the Anatomist’s Plate and the Digital Laboratory), and edited Niewspółmierność. Perspektywy nowoczesnej komparatystyki, 2010 (Incommensurability. Perspectives on Modern Comparative Literature).

Nebojša Blanuša,

University of Zagreb

Nebojša Blanuša is Assistant Professor of Political Psychology at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. His main research interests concern: political psychoanalysis, nationalism, conspiratorial thinking, political cynicism, political behaviour, historical and political cleavages, euroscepticism, social science research methods etc. He is the author of Conspiracy Theories and Croatian Political Reality 1980 – 2007 (2011 – in Croatian). He teaches courses on Social and Political Psychology, Politics and Art in South-East Europe and The Political Unconscious.

Gabriel Borowski,

Jagiellonian University

Assistant Professor of Lusophone Literatures and Translation Studies at the Institute of Romance Philology, Jagiellonian University. He also lectures at the Institute of Romance Languages and Translation Studies, University of Silesia. He is a board member of the Polish Society for Lusophone Studies and a member of the American Comparative Literature Association and the Centre for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures of the University of Lisbon. His main research interests include Brazilian studies, translation studies and memory studies.

Mateusz Borowski,

Jagiellonian University

Mateusz Borowski teaches cultural studies, queer theory and translation studies at the Department for Performance Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. He is also active as a translator. He published In Search of the Real. New Developments of the European Playwriting of the 1990s and, together with Małgorzata Sugiera, In the Trap of Opposites. Ideologies of Identity (2012).

Katarzyna Bojarska,

Polish Academy of Sciences

Assistant professor in the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the Department of Late Modernity Literature and Culture. Author of articles and translations interested in the relations of art, literature, history and psychoanalysis. Translated among others Susan Buck-Morss’ Hegel, Haiti and Universal History (Warsaw 2014) and Michael Rothberg's Multidirectional Memory. Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Warsaw 2016). Author of a book entitled Wydarzenia po Wydarzeniu: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman (Events after the Event: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman) (Warsaw 2012).

Kate Brown,

University of Maryland

Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is Professor of History at UMBC. She is the author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford 2013), which won seven book prizes, including the Dunning and Beveridge prizes from the American Historical Association for the best book in American history. Brown’s A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) was awarded the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History. Brown’s most recent book Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten was published in 2015. Brown is the recipient of many fellowships, including from the John D. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for Humanities. She is presently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a Carnegie Fellow. She is currently writing a history of human survival and endurance in communities circling the Chernobyl Zone.

Krzysztof Bryniarski,

Jagiellonian University Medical College

Krzysztof Bryniarski is an associate professor at the Jagiellonian University Medical College, Immunology Department, visiting professor at the Internal Medicine Department, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Section, Yale University School of Medicine, specialist in Medical Laboratory Diagnostics. His academic interests focus on immunoregulatory net in contact with hypersensitivity provided by T suppressor CD8+ lymphocytes and the impact of drugs on the immune system.

Mateusz Chaberski,

Jagiellonian University

PhD student at the Department for Performance Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. His academic interests range from performance studies to memory studies and translation studies. He published the book Doświadczenie (syn)estetyczne. Performatywne aspekty przedstawień site-specific [(Syn)aesthetic Experience: Performative Aspects of Site-Specific Performance] (2015). He also works as an acquisitions editor for the Jagiellonian University Press.

Agnieszka Dauksza,

Jagiellonian University

Agnieszka Dauksza is a PhD student at the Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies Department, Polish Studies Faculty, Jagiellonian University. She has written Kobiety na drodze. Doświadczenie przestrzeni publicznej w literaturze przełomu XIX i XX wieku (Women on the Road: The Experience of Public Space in Fin-de-siècle Literature, Universitas, 2013) and Klub Auschwitz i inne kluby. Rwane opowieści przeżywców (Club Auschwitz and Other Clubs: Tattered Stories of Survivors, słowo/obraz terytoria, 2016). She has also co-created films: Płaszów. Odkrywka (Płaszów. Exposed, Krakow 2013) and Krakowskie sny Amona Goetha (The Krakow Dreams of Amon Goeth, ArtBoom Festival, with Szymon Maliborski). Currently she is working on theories of affections and modernist literature.

Paweł Dybel,

Pedagogical University in Krakow,

Polish Academy of Sciences

Paweł Dybel is professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology UP Cracow. Main areas of interest: modern philosophy (hermeneutics, phenomenology, poststructuralism), psychoanalytic theories, theory of art, history of Polish psychoanalysis. Scholar of Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, DAAD, DFG, The British Academy, The Kosciuszko Foundation, The Mellon Foundation. He authored The Interrupted Paths, Kraków 2001; The Riddle of “Second Sex”, Kraków 2006; Crumbs of Psychoanalysis. Freuds Theory between Hermeneutics and Poststructuralism, Kraków 2009, Painting with a Body. The Philosophy of Painting by Merleau-Ponty, Gdańsk 2012; Gadamers Thought on Art, Gdańsk 2014); The Faces of Hermeneutics, Krakow 2012; Dilemmas of Democracy, Krakow 2015; Psychoanalysis –the Promised Land?, Kraków 2016; Psychoanalytische Brocken. Philosophische Essays, Wuerzburg 2016. He published numerous articles in German and English.

Alicja Fidowicz,

Jagiellonian University

Alicja Fidowicz, PhD Student at the Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University. She authored articles published in scholarly journals (''Maska'', ''Guliwer'', ''Przegląd Pedagogiczny'') and in conference volumes. Her academic interests include disability studies, children's and youth literature and Slovenian literature.

Iwona Filipczak-Bryniarska,

Jagiellonian University, Medical College

Iwona Filipczak-Bryniarska is an MD and PhD, a specialist in neurology and palliative medicine. She received her PhD in medicine from the Jagiellonian University Medical College. She is the head of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at the Jagiellonian University Medical College and the head of the Department of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital in Krakow. She has been a consultant in palliative medicine for the Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 2013. Her research interest focuses on the immunity of patients with advanced cancer undergoing opioid treatment. She has co-authored several publications, including handbooks on palliative medicine.

Artur Grabowski,

Jagiellonian University

professor Artur Grabowski is a poet, playwright, prose and essay author, dramaturge and scholar. He has published five books of poetry, seven full plays and two short pieces for theatre, a collection of literary essays on European Modernism, another one on theatre and visual arts, one on theory of versification and a monograph on Zbigniew Herbert as well as numerous articles on poetry and drama theory. His plays were produced in Poland, Italy, Croatia and France. He also led theatre and creative writing workshops and collaborated as dramaturge on Polish and American stages. He studied Polish and comparative literature, theory of literature, and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (PhD) where he is currently associate professor, teaching modern Polish and comparative literature, theatre and poetics. As a Kościuszko Fundation visiting professor he taught at the University of Illinois in Chicago and SUNY in Buffalo, then as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2015/16 Prof. Grabowski spend four months at JNU, New Delhi, as a European Commission scholar doing research on Indian theatre.

Marta Hekselman,

Polish Academy of Sciences

Marta Hekselman is a Ph.D. student at The Institute of Literary Research of The Polish Academy of Sciences. She graduated from the University of Warsaw in cultural studies. Her MA thesis, “Franz Kafka’s Tuberculosis: Illness as a Modern Experience of Corporeality” received an award in the Jan Józef Lipski Competition for Master’s Thesis in Humanities (2012) and the Majer Bałaban Contest (2014). She is currently working on a dissertation on the advocacy of suffering, i.e. discursive strategies undertaken when speaking on behalf of the suffering of the other. She is a cultural projects manager.

Magda Heydel,

Jagiellonian University

Magda Heydel – a translator and a critic of literature. She has translated, among others, books by Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Derek Walcott, Anne Fadiman, Roald Dahl, Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel, Charles Simic and Robert Hass. She edited the volume Przekłady poetyckie wszystkie Czesława Miłosza [All Poetry Translations by Czesław Miłosz] (2015). She is the chief editor of the Przekładaniec magazine. She lectures at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University. She has published, among others, monographs Obecność T. S. Eliota w literaturze polskiej [The Presence of T. S. Eliot in Polish Literature] (2002) and Gorliwość tłumacza. Przekład poetycki w twórczości Czesława Miłosza [The Translator’s Diligence. Poetic Translation in Works by Czesław Miłosz] (2013) and, together with Piotr Bukowski, co-edited anthologies Współczesne teorie przekładu [Contemporary Theories of Translation] (2009) and Polska myśl przekładoznawcza [Polish Thought in Translation Studies] (2013). She is a member of the PEN Club and an honorary member of the Polish Literature Translators’ Association.

Bożena Karwowska,

University of British Columbia

Bożena Karwowska an Associate Professor in the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her interests include representation of women in Slavic literatures and feminist approaches to literature and culture. She publishes articles in "Teksty Drugie", "Canadian Slavonic Papers", "Przegląd Humanistyczny" and others. She is the author of a Recepcja krytyczna Czesława Miłosza and Josifa Brodskiego w krajach języka angielskiego (Wydawnictwo IBL PAN) and Ciało,Seksualność, Obozy Zagady (Universitas) as well as a co-editor of a volume (Nie)obecność.Pominięcia i przemilczenia w narracjach XX wieku (Elipsa, 2008).

Dorota Kołodziejczyk,

University of Wrocław

Assistant Professor, Institute of English Studies, Wrocław University. She is co-founder of the international Research Center for Postcolonial and Posttotalitarian Studies, Wrocław University, board member of Postdependence Studies Center, Warsaw University. Her recent research focuses on new cosmopolitanisms, methodologies in literary and cultural comparison, intellectual disability and citizenship/human rights. Recent publications: (with Şandru) Postcolonial Perspectives on Postcommunism in Central and Eastern Europe, Routledge, 2016. Translator and translation editor of postcolonial theory.

Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik,

Jagiellonian University

PhD, graduated summa cum laude from the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University. She also completed courses in postgraduate intedisciplinary comparative studies (Institute of Polish Studies, JU) and postgraduate studies in social economy management (2010). Her M.A. dissertation, (Pen)Umbrae: Palimpsestic Translations of Beowulf, reflects her interest in premodern culture, medievalism as well as contemporary literary and translation theories. As a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University she has been engaged into a research project Anatomy of monstrosity: from Grendel to Blade. She is also working on a doctoral dissertation The voice of vengeance. Women, violence and poethics of revenge in Renaissance England at the Faculty of Philology (JU). She has received scholarships and grants from the University of Northern Iowa (2002, U.S.), Jan Kochanowski Fund (2003), Polish Department of Education and Sport (2003-2004) as well as the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (2009). She is an active member of Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, International Shakespeare Association and a founding member of the European Shakespeare Research Association. Her articles and translations have been published in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil; Słowianie w Europie. Historia. Kultura. Język; Shakespeare in Europe. History and Memory; The Year's Work in Medievalism; Teksty Drugie and Przekładaniec. She co-edits Zeszyty naukowe TD UJ as well as Translation Studies Abstracts and Bibliography of Translation Studies (St. Jerome).

Jakub Kucharz,

Jagiellonian University Medical College, Institute of Oncology in Warsaw

Jakub Kucharz is an MD, PhD, and a specialist in medical oncology. He received his PhD in medicine from the Jagiellonian University Medical College. He is a consultant oncologist at the Department of Uro-Oncology at the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and the Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. He is also employed at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College, and at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Hospice in Krakow. His interests include uro-oncology, with a special focus on kidney cancer and palliative medicine.

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar,

University of Tartu, Estonian Literary Museum

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar is associate professor of literary theory at the University of Tartu and a senior researcher of the Archives of Cultural History of the Estonian Literary Museum. She is the author of Embodied Subjectivity in the Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Aino Kallas and Anaïs Nin (2006) and the editor (with Lea Rojola) of Aino Kallas, Negotiations with Modernity (2011), a special issue of "Methis on Estonian Life Writing" (2010) and numerous articles on Baltic women’s deportation stories within the framework of critical trauma studies.

Adam Lipszyc,

Polish Academy of Sciences

Adam Lipszyc is Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Science. He teaches in Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and at the Franz Kafka University of Muri. He has published five books in Polish as well as a number of papers in Polish and English. In his work, he focuses mostly on traces of Jewish theology in the 20th century thought and literature, as well as on the philosophical implications of psychoanalysis. His most recent publications include a study of Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of language and justice (Justice on the Tip of the Tongue, 2012) and a study of Paul Celan’s poetry (The Time of the Poem, 2015). He co-edited (together with Agata Bielik-Robson) a volume of essays Judaism in Contemporary Thought. Traces and Influence (2014). He edited and co-translated into Polish two volumes of essays, one by Gershom Scholem and one by Walter Benjamin.

Fiorenza Loiacono,

University of Bari

Fiorenza Loiacono is a political education researcher. She also works as psychotherapist. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Dynamics and Political Education from the University of Bari (Italy) and her M.Sc. and postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy from the University of Padova (Italy). In 2015 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She contributes to the Italian online newspaper The Post Internazionale.

Her research interests involve taking an interdisciplinary approach to human rights and respect for human dignity, focusing on pedagogical interventions that develop critical thinking and individual responsibility within societies. As such, her theoretical framework takes into account such authors as P. Freire, H. Arendt, G. Anders. She is also interested in studying trauma and human behaviour in genocide and mass violence from a psychological perspective.

She is the author of several articles and essays, such as: Troades: Women or the Oppressed Humanity, The Traumatic impact of the Shoah: Repression, Repetition and Elaboration, The ‘Shock of the Unintelligible’: Trauma from Holocaust Memory and the Construction of Human Coexistence, and The Capacity to Empathise as a Basis for Ethics: Educational Implications.

Andrzej Leder,

Polish Academy of Sciences

Andrzej Leder is a cultural philosopher, a psychotherapist. A graduate of the Medical University of Warsaw, an associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has collaborated with the "Res Publica Nowa" magazine for years. The author of the books: Przemiana mitów, czyli życie w epoce schyłku. Zbiór esejów [A Change of Myths: Life in the Age of Decadence. A Collection of Essays, 1997], Nieświadomość jako pustka [Unconsciousness as Void, 2001], Nauka Freuda w epoce Sein und Zeit [Freud's Science in the Sein und Zeit Age, 2007], Prześniona rewolucja. Ćwiczenie z logiki historycznej [Over-dreamt Revolution. Exercise on Historical Logic, 2014]. This last book was nominated for the Nike Literary Award.

Roma Ligocka,


Roma Ligocka is a painter and a writer. Her books: The Girl in the Red Coat, Tylko ja sama [Just Me Myself] and Dobre dziecko [Good Child] are bestsellers not only in Poland, but also in other European countries. For many years she worked as a costume designer and a stage designer in many European theaters, operas, as well as in film and television. She received many awards. She received many awards. She also published four volumes of articles: Znajoma z lustra [A Friend form a Mirror], Czułość i obojętność [Sensitivity and Indifference], Wszystko z miłości [Everything from Love] and Księżyc nad Taorminą [The Moon over Taormina]. Her book Róża. Obrazy i słowa [A Rose. Pictures and Words] is illustrated with her painting.

Roma Ligocka comes from the Jewish family, the Abrahamers, which lived in Cracow for many generations. They survived the liquidation of the Cracow’s ghetto = hidden under the paint shop. Under an assumed name she she was hidden with her mother by a Polish family.

After the war she studied painting and scene design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Her first exhibition was organized at the end of 1950s by Piotr Skrzynecki in “Piwnica pod Baranami”. Her paintings were presented in Poland, Germany, USA, England, Switzerland, and Austria. Many of her works are in museums and private collections in Poland, France, England, Israel, Denmark, Germany.

In the middle of the 1960s Ligocka debuted as a playwright in Juliusz Słowacki’s Theatre in Cracow. After the play’s success she moved abroad. For many years she lived in Germany. She worked there as a costume designer and a scene designer for film, theatre and television.

She came back to Cracow at the beginning of the 1990s for the Jewish Culture Festival. At the Cracow’s premiere of the Schindler’s List she recognized herself in one of the film’s heroines – the girl in the red coat. This experience and conversation with Steven Spielberg gave her an impulse to write an autobiography The Girl in the Red Coat, which gave Roma Ligocka a great renown. Translated into 22 languages the book became an international bestseller and the rights for filming were sold to the Hollywood producer. Her newest novel A Good Child ends the personal trilogy of the author. Apart from The Girl in the Red Coat the trilogy also consist of the book Just Me Myself. Books by Roma Ligocka are tales of a remarkable women, who, thanks to a great strength of character, was able to oppose to the sentences of history, find her happiness and make her life meaningful. Even though she experienced tragedy, she still is able to say: “ Life can be beautiful even for somebody who went through hell – but miracles happen. My life was one given to me, and then I gave it to myself.”

Tomasz Łysak,

University of Warsaw

Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw, focuses his research on representations of the Holocaust in relation to trauma studies and psychoanalysis. He has held fellowships at the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Chicago and has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Centre entitled “From Newsreel to Post-Traumatic Film: Documentary and Artistic Films on the Holocaust” (2013-2015). Dr. Łysak published several articles in "Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry", "Kwartalnik Filmowy", "Teksty Drugie", among others; he edited "Antologia studiów nad traumą" (Trauma studies anthology, Kraków 2015) and is the author of Od kroniki do filmu posttraumatycznego – filmy dokumentalne o Zagładzie (Warszawa 2016)

Michał Paweł Markowski,

University of Illinois at Chicago/Jagiellonian University

Michał Paweł Markowski, the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature and Head of Slavic Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a permanent visiting professor at Jagiellonian University. Since 1997 he has published more than 30 volumes of books, editions and translations on literature and philosophy, and about 400 larger and smaller essays, articles, and columns. The most recent publications include: "Sun, Possibility, Joy* (a collection of essays on art and literature, 2010), The Universal Dissolution: Schulz, Existence, Literature (2012), The Politics of Sensibility: An Introduction to the Humanities (2013), Day on Earth: Traveling Prose (2014), which combines fiction, travel essays, and photography, and The Dribble (2015), a collection of essays on modern life and culture. He is a co-editor of two series: Hermeneia and Horizons of Modernity and sits on Editorial Boards of "Teksty Drugie", and "Slavic Review". He was awarded with The Kościelscy Prize for essay writing (2000) and the Kazimierz Wyka Prize for Literary Criticism (2011). In January 2015 he had an individual exhibition of photographs called Line and Land in the Dreambox Gallery in Chicago.

Joanna Niżyńska,

Indiana University, Bloomington

Joanna Niżyńska has been Director of the Polish Studies Center since January 2015. As Associate Professor of Polish in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, she approaches her field from a comparative perspective and pursues research that crosses disciplinary and national borders. Her longstanding interests in intersections between trauma, memory and the everyday are reflected in her monographs The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Bialoszewski and the Quotidian, the Traumatic, and the Queer (Northwestern University Press, 2013) and German-Polish Postmemorial Relations: In Search of a Livable Past (co-edited with Kristin Kopp, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She is currently completing the manuscript of A History of Polish Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, a volume co-authored by a team of international scholars (forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press, 2016).

Ryszard Nycz,

Jagiellonian University

Ryszard Nycz – Full Professor, director of the Department of Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University, an employee of IBL PAN (Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences). Editor-in-chief of “Teksty Drugie” [“Second Texts”]. Ordinary member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Skills (PAU), member of the Committee on Literary Research (KNoL PAN) and Committee on Cultural Studies (KNoK PAN) in the Polish Academy of Sciences. President of the Editorial Committee of the series “Nowa Humanistyka” [“New Humanities”] and “Horyzonty Nowoczesności” [“Horizons of Modernity”]. His last book is titled Poetyka doświadczenia. Teoria – nowoczesność – literatura [Poetics of Experience. Theory – Modernity – Literature], 2012.

Vitalii Ogienko,

Ukrainian Institute for National Rememberance

Vitalii Ogiienko works at the Science Department of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance and teaches the “Memory and Trauma: Concepts and Research Approaches” undergraduate course at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He studied history and completed his candidate dissertation in history at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. His current project, “Holodomor as a Historical Trauma,” looks at Ukraine’s greatest tragedy through various trauma studies approaches. Vitalii`s research interests include memory, trauma, Holodomor, and genocide studies. He is now working on a teaching course to promote Holodomor awareness.

Sylwia Papier,

Jagiellonian University

Sylwia Papier is a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Polish Studies Department, Jagiellonian University. Recipient of the Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland (2015/2016). Member of the Curatorial Collective, working under auspices of the Research Center for Memory Cultures JU. Her academic interests include memory studies, theatre studies, heritage studies and museum studies.

Łukasz Posłuszny,

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Łukasz Posłuszny, is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He received his M.A. in Philosophy (2010), M.A. in Polish Literature (2011) and M.A. in Sociology (2012) from Adam Mickiewicz University. He authored Spatial Forms of Holocaust Commemoration (2014), Questions for Memory. Autobiographical Accounts of Concentration Camps Prisoners (2012), and several texts concerning memory practices. His research focus is on memory and Holocaust studies, sociology of things and everyday life, soundscape, material culture and urban studies.

Irina Ruvinsky,

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Irina Ruvinsky is a Professor of Philosophy and Literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and she studied French Literature at Sorbonne IV and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Tony D. Sampson,

University of East London

Dr. Tony D. Sampson is reader in digital cultures and communication at the University of East London. His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media, coedited with Darren Ellis and Stephen Maddison (Rowman and Littlefield, due in 2018). Tony is also the organizer of the Affect and Social Media conferences, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory in Southend, Essex and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL.

Roma Sendyka,

Jagiellonian University

Roma Sendyka is an Associate Professor at the Polish Studies Department and the head of the Research Center for Memory Cultures at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Currently, she works on two research projects: Awkward objects of genocide. Vernacular art on the Holocaust and ethnographic museums and Unmemorialized Genocide Sites and Their Impact on Collective Memory, Cultural Identity, Ethical Attitudes and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Poland.

Xymena Synak,

University of Gdansk

2007 – PhD in linguistics, "Jacques Derrida’s Theory of Metaphor and Its Application
since 2009" – assistant professor at the Department of English and American Studies

Book: Derrida and Experience. Re-contextualization, Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo UG, 2010.
Chapter in a monograph: Beckett and the Expression of Desire” in Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature, Roman Books, 2013.

She has published in "Sztuka i Filozofia", "Principia", "Miscellanea Sociologica et Philosophica".
Currently working on desire and melancholia, on works by Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington.

Fields of interest: contemporary French philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature, surrealism

Piotr Sztompka,

Jagiellonian University

Piotr Sztompka is a professor emeritus of sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea (London), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Boston). In 2002, at the World Congress of Sociology in Brisbane (Australia), he was elected President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), where he served until 2006. In 1995 he was awarded a major international award, the New Europe Prize, in Uppsala, Sweden; he has also twice received the Academic Prize of the Prime Minister of Poland. He has won the Pitirim Sorokin Prize and an honorary Doctorate from The State University of the Social Sciences in Moscow, and recently, a Doctor Honoris Causa from Soedertoeern University in Stockholm. He has frequently been a visiting professor at universities in the USA (seventeen times), Mexico, Argentina, Australia, and Europe, and has been awarded fellowships at five institutes for advanced study (Stanford, Berlin, Uppsala, Wassenaar and Budapest). He has published thirty books, most of them in English, and more than two hundred academic articles. His most important books include: System and Function (1974), Sociological Dilemmas (1979), Robert Merton: An Intellectual Profile (1986), also published in Chinese, Society in Action: The Theory of Social Becoming (1991), The Sociology of Social Change (1993), also published in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese, Trust: A Sociological Theory (1999), also published in Chinese and Russian, and Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (co-author, 2005). His textbook, Sociology: Analysis of Society, which also came out in Russian, is used in sociology classes at all of Poland’s universities, and became a nationwide bestseller, selling 60,000 copies. A new expanded and revised edition has been released in Poland (2012). Apart from sociological theory, philosophy of the social sciences, and social change, his recent academic interests include visual sociology and the sociology of everyday life.

Susan Schuppli,

Goldsmiths, University of London

Susan Schuppli is an artist and researcher based in London whose work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters. Current work explores the ways in which toxic ecologies from nuclear accidents and oil spills to the dark snow of the arctic are producing an “extreme image” archive of material wrongs.

Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Casino Luxembourg, Extra City Antwerp, Stroom Den Haag, Shanghai Biennale, Charlottenborg, Galerie Wedding, Witte de With, Fundacion Proa and Bildmuseet Sweden. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness (MIT Press, 2015), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary.

She is Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. From 2011-14 she was Senior Research Fellow on the ERC project Forensic Architecture led by Eyal Weizman (Principal Investigator). Previously she was an Associate Professor in visual/media arts in Canada. Schuppli received her PhD from Goldsmiths and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program after completing her MFA at the University of California San Diego. Recipient of ICP Infinity Award 2016.

Research Summary: My work as an artist and writer explores the ways in which non-human witnesses, such as materials and objects, enter into public discourse and testify to historical events, especially those involving political violence, ethnic conflict, and war crimes. This work assumes many different modes of communication from legal analysis and public advocacy to theoretical reflection and creative exploration. My current research and artistic production expands these investigations to examine how environmental systems and the transformations brought about by climate change are also recording new forms of injustice and violence. Creating, in effect, a global visual archive of material evidence.

Urszula Sochacka,

Jagiellonian University

Urszula Sochacka is a journalist and a film director. At the end of 2012, she finished a documentary film titled You Mustn't Be Naughty, concerning the Nazi concentration camp for Polish children on Przemysłowa street in Łódź, Poland, and the transgenerational trauma transfer it engendered. She is the creator and coordinator of educational and artistic projects on the history of emotion-based education. Since 2015 she has been a Ph.D. student at the Department of Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University. The subject of her thesis is the official remembrance and the private cultivation of memories of the camp on Przemysłowa street.

Jan Sowa,

Independent Researcher

Jan Sowa (born 1976) is dialectical materialist social theorist and researcher. He studied literature, philosophy and psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and University Paris VIII in Saint-Denis, France. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a habilitation in cultural studies. Jan Sowa conducted research and gave lectures at several universities in Poland and abroad (including, recently, Jagiellonian University and University of São Paulo, Brazil). He is also affiliated with Free University Warsaw. He is a member of the Committee on Cultural Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, but he currently remains, by his own choosing, an independent scholar, not employed in any academic institution.

Małgorzata Sugiera,

Jagiellonian University

Małgorzata Sugiera is a Full Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and Head of the Department of Performance Studies. Her main research areas are performance theories, cultural studies and queer studies. She has published ten books in Polish, most recently Other Shakespeare: New Readings of the European Canon (2009) and, together with Mateusz Borowski, In the Trap of Opposites: Ideologies of Identity (2012). Her book Nonhumans: Reports from Artificial Natures came out in December 2015. She has co-edited three books in English and German: Fictional Realities / Real Fictions. Contemporary Theatre in Search of a New Mimetic Paradigm (2007); Theater spielen und denken. Polnische Texte des 20. Jahrhunderts (2008); Worlds in Words: Storytelling in Contemporary Theatre and Playwriting (2010). She is also an active translator into Polish of German, English and French books and theatre plays. She is a member of the interdisciplinary panel of experts of the European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels, Belgium, and of the Review Panel of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

Aleksandra Szczepan,

Jagiellonian University

PhD student, Jagiellonian University Kraków, ”Post-Holocaust, Post-dependence, Post-memory: Negotiating Jewish Identity in the Post-Communist Central Europe”.

Aleksandra Szczepan is finishing her dissertation on traumatic realism in postwar Polish literature at the Department of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Finally, her research will result in a book on relations between realism and trauma in 20th century literature and theory. She graduated from the Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University with the degree from Polish Studies. She was twice a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, as well as a fellow of the Holocaust Educational Foundation at the Northwestern University.

Krzysztof Szwajca,

Jagiellonian University Medical College

PhD, Psychiatrist, psychotherapist and supervisor of psychotherapy, specialist in environmental therapy, family therapist. He works in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Collegium Medicum, Jagellonian University. He directs the First Department of Krakow Institute of Psychotherapy, supervises several psychotherapeutic centers, in total leads over a dozen supervisory groups and many individual supervisions. Academic teacher, for many years involved in pre-graduate and post-graduate training in psychiatry, psychiatry of children and adolescents, psychotherapy, family therapy. Author of over 150 scientific publications and slides, student of prof. Maria Orwid. Among his scientific interests are: psychotherapy for children and adolescents, family therapy, environmental influences, therapeutic work with marginalized families, posttraumatic issues

Moshe Szyf,

McGill University, Montreal

Moshe Szyf received his PhD from the Hebrew University and did his postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeuetics in 1989 and currently holds a James McGill Professorship and GlaxoSmithKline-CIHR Chair in Pharmacology. He is the founding co-director of the Sackler Institute for Epigenetics and Psychobiology at McGill and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Experience-based Brain and Biological Development program. Szyf has been the founder of the first “Pharma” to develop epigenetic pharmacology “Methylgene Inc.” and the first journal in epigenetics “Epigenetics”. Szyf lab has proposed two decades ago that DNA methylation is a prime therapeutic target in cancer and other diseases and has postulated and provided the first set of evidence that the “social environment” early in life can alter DNA methylation launching the emerging field of “social epigenetics”.

Konrad Wojnowski,

Jagiellonian University

Konrad Wojnowski, PhD works at the Jagiellonian University, at the Department of Performativity Studies. His research focuses on different forms of aesthetic disturbances, new (performative) materialisms, and applications of thermodynamics and information theory in the humanities. Currently he is doing a research grant on relations between probabilistic and performative models of knowledge. He has written two books (in Polish): Aesthetics of Disturbance (about the cinema of Michael Haneke) and Productive Catastrophes (a theory of the beneficial impact of unforeseeable events on culture).

Andrzej Zawadzki,

Jagiellonian University

associate professor, Department of Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian university in Krakow