The Institute of English Studies Newsletter,
University of Łódź

Editors: Agnieszka Rasmus, Anna Ewa Wieczorek, Dorota Wiśniewska
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Newsletter JANUARY 2014 Issue nr 3

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 the third 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.


Forthcoming conferences hosted by the Institute of English Studies in 2014

• Political Linguistics 3: (Re)construing nationhood in '(un)doing Europe' today?
Warszaw, 8th-10th May 2014

This third edition of the Political Linguistics conference series will examine the current nexus between national and European thinking (in talk and text). Our focus is the various discursive (re)constructions of national identification vis-à-vis Europe and the contemporary world in the background. Our question is how, where and why the ongoing discourses of European integration (and disintegration) invigorate, mute, or simply redefine national talk in (semi)public practices and domains, both domestic and international. Relational, dynamic and integrative perspectives on nationhood are welcome in particular: how does the national element interact with other social dimensions and categories, especially those based in regional, global, political, professional, gender or age-related variation? What is the role of ideologies and policies of multiculturalism, employment, race and immigration? Do national (and nationalistic) arguments correlate with parameters of social diversification (economic, educational, elitist and egalitarian attitudes)?
The conference will address discursive (texts, genres, metaphors, etc.), and more broadly, semiotic (artifacts, images, icons, etc.) manifestations of nationhood in how Europe is being 'done,' but also 'undone' today. This, we hope, will reveal various aspects, sites and styles of interdiscursivity and dialogization of difference (in the sense of Bakhtin) over issues involving national, European and international concerns. We welcome contributions examining interactions marked by power differential (esp. among citizens, politicians, experts and authorities).

We invite papers exploring various contexts, domains and practices (politics, media, business, research and education, religion, sports and entertainment, tourism, health and environment protection), as well as different media and technologies (old and new media, translation and interpretation, sign language, school and academic teaching). We envision the conference as an international and interdisciplinary forum of discussion gathering scholars working within or (preferably) at the intersection of different methodologies: discourse analysis, critical discourse studies, pragmatics, (new) rhetoric, Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Register & Genre Theory, narrative theory, ethnography, social semiotics, multimodal analysis, and related approaches with communication at the forefront.

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:
Prof. Peter Berglez, Örebro University, Sweden
Prof. Elżbieta Hałas, University of Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Leszek J. Korporowicz, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Prof. Michał Krzyżanowski, University of Aberdeen, UK
Prof. John E. Richardson, Loughborough University, UK
Prof. Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy & University of Leicester, UK

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• 2nd International Conference All that Gothic: Excess and Exuberance organized by Department of British Literature and Culture, Department of American Literature and Culture, University of Łódź, Łódź, 5-7 June, 2014

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 ruptures borders, defies conventions and ridicules taboos.

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. Open for inspection under this broad canopy are such manifestations of the Gothic as the sack of Rome by barbarian tribes, mediaeval architecture, 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 also foster dynamic 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, Goth/ic music, Goth/ic as film and TV, 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 following issues: the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theater, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, 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, the role and consequences of emotions and attitudes, It is our great honour to announce that our confirmed plenary speakers are:
Zofia Kolbuszewska (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, the author of The Poetics of Chronotope in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon, and The Purloined Child: American Identity and Representations of Childhood in American Literature 1851-2000)
Agnieszka Soltysik-Monnet (University of Lausanne, Switzerland, the author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century American Gothic and the co-editor of The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture)
Catherine Spooner (County College, Lancaster University, the author of Fashioning Gothic Bodies, and Contemporary Gothic)

Recent publications

• Badio, Janusz and Kamila Ciepiela (ed.) 2013. Language, Action,Interaction (Lodz Studies in Language 31), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
• Ciepiela, Kamila 2013. EFL Teacher Identity: From Mental Representation to Situated Performance. Lodz: Lodz University Press.
• Kwiatkowska, Alina 2013. Interfaces, Interspaces. Image. Language. Cognition. Piotrkow Trybunalski: Naukowe Wydawnictwo Piotrkowskie.
• Mirowska, Paulina and Joanna Kazik (eds.) 2013. Reading Subversion and Transgression (Volume III “Studies in English Drama and Poetry”), Lodz: Lodz University Press.

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• Stalmaszczyk, Piotr (ed.) 2013. Współczesna filozofia języka. Inspiracje i kierunki rozwoju (Studia z metodologii i filozofii języka 2), Lodz: The Department of English and General Linguistics and Primum Verbum Publishing.
• Stalmaszczyk, Piotr (ed.) 2013. Metodologie językoznawstwa. Ewolucja języka, ewolucja językoznawstwa (Łódzkie Studia z Językoznawstwa Angielskiego i Ogólnego 1). Lodz: Lodz University Press.
• Uchman, Jadwiga (ed.), 2013. Eroticism and Its Discontents (Text Matters no. 3),

The third issue of Text Matters focuses on eroticism and its representations in literature and film. The authors approach this issue from various theoretical perspectives, often foregrounding in novel ways the preoccupation of the analyzed works with the notion of the erotic and their infusion with the subversive, eruptive and disquieting side of the erotic experience. (see

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• Wicher, Andrzej 2013. Selected Medieval and Religious Themes in the Works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Lodz: Wydawnictwo Lodzkiego Towarzystwa Naukowego.

Book announcements

• Hart, Christopher and Piotr Cap (eds). 2014. Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies. London: Bloomsbury. (forthcoming August 2014)

Critical Discource Studies (CDS) is a multifarious field constantly developing different methodological frameworks for analysing dynamically evolving aspects of language in a broad range of socio-political and institutional contexts. This volume is a cutting edge, interdisciplinary account of these theoretical and empirical developments. It presents an up-to-date survey of Critical Discourse Studies, covering both the theoretical landscape and the analytical territories that it extends over. It is intended for critical scholars and students who wish to keep abreast of the current state of the art.
The book is divided into two parts. In the first part, the chapters are organised around different methodological perspectives for CDS (history, cognition, multimodality and corpora, among others). In the second part, the chapters are organised around particular discourse types and topics investigated in CDS, both traditionally (e.g. issues of racism and gender inequality) and only more recently (e.g. issues of health, public policy, and the environment).
This is, altogether, an essential new reference work for all CDS practitioners.

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• Lachman, Michał (ed.) 2014. Folia Litteraria Polonica, special edition on Irish drama and theatre, No 1 2014, Lodz: Lodz University Press.
• Ojrzyńska, Katarzyna 2014. “Dancing as if language no longer existed”: Dance in Contemporary Irish Drama, Reimagining Ireland, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
• Łowczanin, Agnieszka and Dorota Wiśniewska (eds). 2014. All that Gothic (Dis/Continuities. Toruń Studies in Language, Literature and Culture), Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang.
• Stalmaszczyk, Piotr (ed.) 2014. Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. The Legacy of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein ( Philosophische Analyse / Philosophical Analysis 53), Walter de Gruyter.
• Stalmaszczyk, Piotr (ed.) 2014. Semantics and Beyond. Philosophical and Linguistic Inquiries (Philosophische Analyse / Philosophical Analysis 57), Berlin: de Gruyter.

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. It aims to foster closer links between educational and business environments to better equip students for the job market.

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Other events

• Professor John Drakakis from University of Stirling invited to give a series of lectures at the University of Lodz in October 2013
• Professor Tina Krontiris from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece invited in November 2013
• Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society

Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society, the oldest student society at the Institute of English, marks its 10th anniversary in 2014. Under the supervision of dr Piotr Spyra, members of the society will participate in a summer school organized under the auspices of the Dean of the Faculty of Philology. The summer school, held in Grotniki near Łódź in July/August 2014, will feature a number of lectures and seminars devoted to 17th-century British culture and literature conducted by the University of Łódź staff and invited guests. The plenary lecture will be given by Joanna Ludwikowska-Leniec from Adam Mickiewicz University. The meeting will also include a student performance to mark the society's affiliation with the Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature.

For more information, please contact the conference secretaries: dr Piotr Spyra ( and mgr Joanna Matyjaszczyk (