The Institute of English Studies Newsletter,
University of Łódź

Editors: Agnieszka Rasmus, Anna Ewa Wieczorek
Our address: The Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź,
Al. Kościuszki 65, 90-514 Łódź, Poland

Newsletter JUNE 2013 Issue nr 2

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, quest lectures and other educational and/or academic projects.
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In this second June issue of the Newsletter, we provide updates about our forthcoming conferences, recent publications and other important events. Read on to find out about our educational offers and latest news updates.

Forthcoming conferences hosted by the Institute of English Studies in 2013 and 2014

• DysTEFL Conference – 11th October 2013

DysTEFL is a project whose aim has been to develop a training course and self-study materials for pre- and in-service teachers of English as a foreign language in order to raise their awareness of the foreign language learning needs of dyslexic students. The Department of Pragmatics, University of Łódź along with the project partners would like to invite you to the DysTEFL International Conference that will be held on 11th October in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Łódź, Poland. The conference will host plenary lectures run by specialists in the field of EFL and dyslexic and a round-table expert session on dissemination and exploitation of the project outcomes. There will also be ten workshops offering hands-on activities and a wide repertoire of useful teaching methods, techniques and materials that can enhance the quality and efficacy of foreign language teaching of students with dyslexia.
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• Kanade, di Goldene Medine? Perspectives on Canadian-Jewish Literature and Culture

Late in his career, the Łódź-born artist Artur Szyk produced, as part of a series aimed at international stamp collectors, an illustration meant to convey the variety of the Canadian cultural and natural landscape. This is just one example of how Polish, Jewish and Canadian identities and cultures are intertwined; they have also found common causes in other areas, including literature, historiography, photography and film. The recent death of the major Łódź-born Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb ended a chapter in such shared experience, but younger scholars, writers, translators and cultural workers are busy ensuring the continuation and/or re-evaluation of this experience. The conference, organized by the Department of American Literature, University of Łódź, and co-sponsor Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, will be held on 2-5 April 2014 in Łódź. It focuses on Canadian-Jewish cultural practice, aiming – among other things – to renew the multifaceted connections between Łódź, Canada, and Jewishness, highlighting such relationships in all of their diversity. The conference is designed to bring together Canadianists involved in Jewish studies, Canadian Jewish scholars and writers, as well as all those interested in the interlacing of Jewish culture and the North American context.
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• International conference on Empirical Methods in Linguistics–EMIL 2014

Chair of English Language and General Linguistics, Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź, Poland is pleased to announce the International Conference on Empirical Methods in Linguistics–Emil 2014, to be held in Łódź, 7-8 April, 2014. The conference is intended as a meeting ground for scholars interested in applying empirical research methods in such areas of linguistics as phonology, grammar and syntax, semantics, non-verbal communication, sociolinguistics, evolution of language, and language processing. Emphasis will be laid on ways of finding, storing, analysing, and interpreting current and historical data: experiment, observation, survey, questionnaire, corpus, and mixed methods.
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• Political Linguistics conference series – PL 2014

The Political Linguistics conferences are a series of international scholarly events that come as a response to this trend. They are a joint endeavour of two leading Polish universities, University of Warsaw ( and University of Łódź (, and are held alternately in the cities of Warsaw and Łódź. Their aim is to convene scholars from a wide range of disciplines, interested, broadly speaking, in the rich and heterogeneous but thus yet to become better demarcated intersection of language/discourse and the political sphere (i.e. politics, both in its institutionalized and everyday dimensions). The general purpose is to explore and deepen ways of analyzing language as a political instrument, a political theme and a political domain. The third edition of the Political Linguistics conference series is co-organized by the Department of Discourse Studies, University of Warsaw and the Department of Pragmatics, University of Łódź and will be held on 8-10 May 2014.
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• Łódź Fantastic Literature Conference 2014

The second Łódź Fantastic Literature Conference (Supernatural Creatures: From Elf-Shot to Shrek) aims to bring together experts in folklore, medieval and early modern literature and culture as well as contemporary fantasy literature to explore the fascinating relationship between supernatural creatures and humankind. For centuries these creatures have been seen in both positive and negative lights – sometimes as benevolent neighbours, many a time as dangerous folk to interfere with, at other times still as tricksters positioned outside of the traditional dichotomy of friend or foe. Their cultural presence is a force to be reckoned with in the study of pre-modern, modern as well as post-modern literature, and the current fascination of popular culture with their history and nature begs ever new questions about why they continue to seem so indispensable to us. We would like to invite contributions that address the nature and function of the beliefs of past eras, their postmodern transformations, and especially those which trace the (dis)continuities in the ways in which these creatures have been imagined and perceived over the ages. From medieval fairies to Tinker Bell to Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, from Fafnir to Glaurung or Smaug, the conference aims to investigate the nature of the undying fascination with the supernatural denizens of our (?) world. The conference will be held on 22-24 September 2014 at the University of Łódź.
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Recent publications and book announcements

• “Body/Form/Surface,” Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal, no. 1, edited by Maciej Wieczorek, Joanna Matyjaszczyk and Krzysztof Majer. 2013. Open-access online journal.

The inaugural issue of Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal is a postgraduate publication consisting of ten articles that cover an array of fields ranging from performance, theatre and film studies to literary criticism. All the contributions explore the issues of body, form and surface, either addressing the topic in a literal way by exploring various forms of human corporeality or approaching it metaphorically and analyzing the interplay between the aesthetic dimension and the meaning of the works that they scrutinize. The contributors employ a wide range of theories, including those of Hutcheon, Firestone, Bhabha, Shusterman, McIntosh, hooks, Grosz and Artaud with a view to offering insight into problems as diverse as the impact of the Truman Doctrine on Howard Hawks' films, the metaliterariness of Oscar Wilde's short stories, or the question of identity in the works of Yann Martel, Nisi Shawl, and Alice Munro. The journal touches upon issues of immediate interest for scholars who specialize in the above-mentioned disciplines, and is available free of charge.
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Post-graduate studies and educational projects

The Institute of English studies is recruiting students for its pioneering BA course “Linguistics for Business”. In response to new educational challenges, the BA course is run in close cooperation with businesses and public sector institutions. Its aim is to foster closer links between educational and business environments to better equip students for the job market.

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Other events

The 4th edition of Piknik Nauki i Techniki UŁ (Picnic of Science and Technology) was held on 7th June at the Faculty of Management. Dr Alicja Piechucka, a representative of the Institute of English Studies, led a workshop for teenagers entitled “What do you know about America?” The aim of the workshop was to popularise the Faculty of Philology as well as to encourage students to apply to the Institute of English Studies. We are happy to report that the Philology offer at the Picnic enjoyed a lot of interest from our prospective candidates.