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The Institute of English Studies Newsletter,
University of Łódź

Editors: Agnieszka Rasmus, Anna Ewa Wieczorek
E-mail: ies.newsletter@uni.lodz.pl
Our address: The Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź,
Al. Kościuszki 65, 90-514 Łódź, Poland

Newsletter MARCH 2013 Issue nr 1

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.
We welcome ideas for content and any ways in which we can improve the publication. Suggestions for entries and submissions for the next issue should be made directly to the Editors: ies.newsletter@uni.lodz.pl.
In this first March issue of the Newsletter, we provide updates about our forthcoming conferences organised by the departments at the Institute of English Studies and students' societies affiliated with our departments, recent publications, guest lectures and other important events. Read on to find out about our offer of post-graduate studies and current educational projects.

Recent and forthcoming conferences hosted by the Institute of English Studies in 2013

Dyskurs conference series

In 2012 Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics initiated a new series of conference meetings, this time in Polish, entitled Dyskurs, which integrate research conducted in foreign languages, especially in English, with Polish thought on language and linguistics.
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Linguistic Approaches to Funniness, Amusement and Laughter – LAFAL 2013

The third LAFAL symposium (2013), entitled “Entertainment Discourse Beyond Humour Studies”, will convene to provide a forum for linguists who are interested in concepts and language issues related to humour research without employing the well-entrenched humour theories. The primary objective is to explore multifarious phenomena which, viewed from a certain angle, appear to be humorous and, thereby, to enhance methodological tools used in humour research across a variety of linguistic disciplines.
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Meaning, Context and Cognition – MCC 2013

In 2011, Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics initiated a series of conference meetings entitled “Meaning, Context and Cognition,” which integrate and promote both theoretical and applied research from the interface of semantics, pragmatics, and discourse studies. MCC 2013 will be held on 11-13 April 2013 at the University of Łódź.
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Diversity and Homogeneity: The Politics of Nation, Class, and Gender in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media (Including a Shakespeare Day)

The Department of Drama and Pre-1800 Literature and the International Shakespeare Centre at the University of Łódź invite you to attend the 7th Biannual “Drama Through the Ages and Medieval Literature Conference,” which will be held on 25-27 October 2013 at the University of Łódź. The aim of the conference is to look at how issues connected with the politics of nation, class, and gender are rendered in drama, theatre, film and media. Particular attention will be paid to the problem of multiculturalism, nationalism, social hierarchies, minorities, and identity. As one conference day will be devoted exclusively to the analysis of the above thematic areas in the context of Shakespearean studies, we wish to extend the invitation to Shakespearean scholars wanting to address the issues of the politics of nation, class and gender in Shakespeare’s dramatic output as well as in contemporary reworkings of his plays in theatre, film and media.
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INTERMEDIA 2013

The Department of Translation Studies at the University of Łódź is proud to announce that Intermedia 2013 – an international conference devoted to audiovisual translation and localization - will be held on 22-23 November 2013 at the University of Łódź. Its aim is to offer a platform for researchers and practitioners from the two fields to share knowledge and experience as well as to survey and systematise developments in the fields of localization and AVT.
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Recent and forthcoming conferences organised by the students' societies affiliated with the departments at the Institute of English Studies

GCSS Student Conference

The Sixth GCSS Student Conference was held on 16-17 March 2013. It sought to explore how the notion of intertextuality emerges in and (re)shapes the analysis of literature, theatre and film.
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English Across Space and Time - EAST 2013

The Fourth Student Conference on English Across Space and Time (EAST 2013) organized by Gavagai Student Society will be held on 24th March 2013. The venue of the conference is the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź, al. Kościuszki 65. The main theme of the conference is synchronic and diachronic variability in English. All B.A., M.A. and PhD students are invited to submit research papers in the area of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology.
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Transformations / Metamorphoses: The Notion of Change in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture

The United Students Society (associated with the Department of American Literature, University of Łódź) invites you to participate in its 3rd student conference: Transformations / Metamorphoses: The Notion of Change in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture on 11 May 2013 at Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź. Change is one of the key notions in contemporary Western culture. Postmodernity can be seen as both celebrating and denigrating this volatility, emphasizing its unlimited potential for transformation as well as its sense of perpetual instability. We are interested in ways in which notions of change are reflected in the cultural practice of the United States and Canada. We invite B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students to submit conference papers on North American literature, film and the arts, concerning (but not restricted to) the following issues: representations of political, ideological, social, cultural and literary change, patterns of change and continuity, narrative methods of representing change, changes to the body as a theme, tensions between tradition and change, revisions of myths and archetypes (e.g. the theme of metamorphosis itself), desire for and fear of change, relationship between change and progress, change and resistance to it in culture contact situations, transformations in literary conventions and genres.

Recent publications and book announcements

Against and Beyond: Subversion and Transgression in Mass Media, Popular Culture and Performance, edited by Magdalena Cieślak and Agnieszka Rasmus, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012

Against and Beyond: Subversion and Transgression in Mass Media, Popular Culture and Performance is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars representing a number of disciplines discussing transgression and subversion in film, television, music, theatre and digital media. Moving across major political and cultural movements of the 20th century, the book addresses a global need for transgression and subversion in our times. Applying theories of Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Foucault, Adorno and Horkheimer, Deleuze and Guattari, and Butler, the volume is an important contribution to understanding the mechanisms and functions of subversion and transgression in contemporary media and popular culture and provides essential reading for all those seeking to go against and beyond.

Cognitive Processes in Language (Łódź Studies in Language 25), edited by Krzysztof Kosecki and Janusz Badio, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012
Texts and Minds. Papers in Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric (Łódź Studies in Language 26), edited by Alina Kwiatkowska, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012
Codes of Humour, edited by Alina Kwiatkowska and Agnieszka Stanecka, Piotrków Trybunalski: Naukowe Wydawnictwo Piotrkowskie, 2012
Philosophical and Formal Approaches to Linguistic Analysis, edited by Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Frankfurt am Main: Ontos Verlag, 2012
Transforming Traditions. Studies in Archaeology, Comparative Linguistics and Narrative (Studia Celto-Slavica 6), edited by Maxim Fomin, Vaclav Blazek and Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Łódź: Łódź University Press, 2012
Kody humoru, edited by Alina Kwiatkowska and Agnieszka Stanecka, Piotrków Trybunalski: Naukowe Wydawnictwo Piotrkowskie, 2012
Współczesne językoznawstwo generatywne. Podstawy metodologiczne (Studia z metodologii i filozofii języka 1), edited by Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Primum Verbum, 2012
Metody badań i poszukiwań (Język – Literatura – Kultura. Studia Wydziału Filologicznego UŁ), edited by Jarosław Płuciennik and Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Primum Verbum, 2012
“Marginalia/Marginalities,” Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, no. 2, edited by Dorota Filipczak, Łódź: Łódź University Press, 2012

Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, based at the University of Łódź, is an international and interdisciplinary journal, which seeks to engage in contemporary debates in the humanities by inviting contributions from literary and cultural studies intersecting with literary theory, gender studies, history, philosophy, and religion. The journal focuses on textual realities, but contributions related to art, music, film and media studies addressing the text are also invited. Submissions in English should relate to the key issues delineated in calls for articles which will be placed on the website in advance. The journal also features reviews of recently published books, and interviews with writers and scholars eminent in the areas addressed in TM.
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Theory That Matters: What Practice After Theory, edited by Kacper Bartczak and Małgorzata Myk, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013

Covering an impressive scope of subjects in literary and cultural theory, from Freud, Heidegger and Barthes to Fish, Rorty and Bhabha, Theory That Matters offers a welcome up-to-date assessment of the state of the discipline. Such a recapitulation serves as a point of departure for the examinations of the new practices across the arts and media and of the innovative interpretative tools suggested by these practices. The contributors take their examples from an amazing variety of contexts and thus prove that the very dynamics of theory is a fascinating phenomenon. Succeeding several recent anthologies that have cast doubt on the aims of theory, the present volume launches its defence and, at the same time, demonstrates that this is not to be achieved at the expense of praxis. The book clearly shows that theory owes its currency to its multiple functions, among others, as a procedure of interpretation, a vehicle for philosophical reflection, and a formulation of an ideological stance.

Proximization: The Pragmatics of Symbolic Distance Crossing by Piotr Cap, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series), 2013 (accepted for publication and should appear in the fall 2013)

This book proposes a new theory (“proximization theory”) in the area of political/public legitimization discourse. Located at the intersection of Pragmatics, Cognitive Linguistics and critical approaches, the theory holds that legitimization of broadly consequential political/public policies, such as pre-emptive interventionist campaigns, is best accomplished by forced construals of virtual external threats encroaching upon the speaker and her audience’s home territory. The construals, which proceed along spatial, temporal and axiological lines, are forced by strategic deployment of lexico-grammatical choices drawn from the three domains. This proposal is illustrated primarily in the in-depth analysis of the 2001-2010 US discourse of the War-on-Terror, and secondarily in a number of pilot studies pointing to a wide range of further applications (environmental discourse, health communication, cyber-threat discourse, political party-representation). The theory and the empirical focus of the book will appeal to researchers working on interdisciplinary projects in Pragmatics, Semantics, Cognitive Linguistics, Critical Discourse Studies, as well as Journalism and Media Studies.

Analyzing Genres in Political Communication: Theory and Practice, edited by Cap, Piotr and Urszula Okulska, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture Series), 2013 (accepted for publication and should appear in the fall 2013)

Featuring contributions by leading specialists in the field, the volume is a survey of cutting edge research in genres in political discourse. Since, as is demonstrated, “political genres” reveal many of the problems pertaining to the analysis of communicative genres in general, it is also a state-of-the-art addition to contemporary genre theory. The book offers new methodological, theoretical and empirical insights in both the long-established genres (speeches, interviews, policy documents, etc.), and the modern, rapidly-evolving generic forms, such as online political ads or weblogs. The chapters, which engage in timely issues of genre mediatization, hybridity, multimodality, and the mixing of discursive styles, come from a broad range of perspectives spanning Critical Discourse Studies, pragmatics, cognitive psychology, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and media studies. As such, they constitute essential reading for anyone seeking an interdisciplinary yet coherent research agenda within the vast and complex territory of today’s forms of political communication.

Clusivity: A New Approach to Association and Dissociation in Political Discourse, by Anna Ewa Wieczorek, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013 (in print)

This book proposes an original framework for the analysis of linguistically encoded "inclusion" and "exclusion" in political discourse. The approach taken situates political discourse in a broader context of social and psychological relations between groups and their members which influence the manner in which the speaker’s message is constructed and construed by individuals. The present study proposes a pragmatic-cognitive model which underlies and explains the conceptual representation of belongingness and dissociation it in terms of conceptual locations of various discourse entities in the Discourse Space (cf. Chilton 2005). The model in question is concerned with three mechanisms which, combined, form a fully-fledged apparatus for the analysis of legitimising power of association and dissociation in political discourse through positive-self and negative-other-presentation tactics.

Recent and forthcoming ceremonies and guest lectures

The title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Łódź University for Professor John Searle

The conferral of the University of Łódź honoris causa degree on John R. Searle took place on 25 May 2012. Polish National TV documentary of John Searle's honoris causa ceremony also includes his keynote speech at the NDLP 2012 conference organised by the Department of Pragmatics, University of Łódź, and interviews.
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Grzegorz Wiśniewski invited by the International Shakespeare Studies Centre (ISSC) at the University of Łódź

In January 2013 Grzegorz Wiśniewski was invited by the Internatial Shakespeare Studies Centre (ISSC) at the University of Łódź to give a talk to students of the Institute of English Studies and International Studies about his production of Richard III in Jaracza Theatre in Łódź.

Professor Michael Davidson from UC San Diego invited by the Department of American Literature

In March 2013, the Department of American Literature will host a scholarly visit of Professor Michael Davidson from UC San Diego. Professor Davidson is a well recognized and important critic and poet associated with LANGUAGE and post-LANGUAGE developments in recent American poetry. His writings include books and essays on poetry, poetics, and the relations between poetics and disability. He was recently a guest editor of the magazine Contemporary Literature.
Prof. Davidson will meet with the Ph.D. students and faculty of the Dept. of American Literature on Monday, March 18th. The next day, March 19, at 2 p.m., he will deliver a lecture titled: "Living in the same place and different places" which will focus on themes and issues in cosmopoetics. The lecture is open to all faculty and students of the Institute (the lecture room to be announced, for details please contact dr Kacper Bartczak).
On March 20, Professor Davidson will do a poetry reading and talk about the present situation on American poetic scene in Łódź's "Dom Literatury" (former "Śródmiejskie Forum Kultury). The reading will be hosted by Kacper Bartczak and Monika Kocot.
On March 21, Professor Davidson will speak about poetry and disabilities at the Warsaw University's Center for American Studies.

Post-graduate studies and educational projects

Find out more about our offer of post-graduate qualifications for teaching English in pre-schools and primary-schools.
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