We regret to announce that Prof. Dorota Filipczak passed away on 1st January 2021. She was recognised for her work on Canadian literature, postcolonial literature, and philosophy of religion. She was Head of Department of Canadian, Intermedial and Postcolonial Studies. She also was editor-in-chief of Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture. She has published seven volumes of poetry.

The funeral ceremony will take place on Monday 18th of January at 11.45 am, at St. Vincent Roman-Catholic Cementary in Łódź, Smutna Str.


Online registration for MA Seminars

Students register for one MA seminar only. The choice needs to be made between your three proseminar teachers from the winter semester (please do not choose a seminar other than one of those three). Registration will commence on January 12 at 8pm and will close on January 14 at 11.59 pm. If your teacher has already registered you manually for the course (there is that option, available until December 17 – ask your teacher for more information), you do not need to take part in the registration. Please note there are limits to the number of students in the groups.

Online registration for specialty streams:

Registration will commence on January 14 at 8pm and will close on January 17 at 11.59 pm.

Students choose one of three courses:

– For the teaching specialty: „Diagnostyka edukacyjna”

– For the translation specialty: “Teoria przekładu 1”

– For the Culture, Media and Communication specialty: “Współczesna kultura i sztuka”

Please note that both the teaching specialty and the translation specialty require knowledge of Polish. If you do not know Polish, please register for the third option, as it is the only one available to you.

For information about what subjects are included within each specialty, please consult the full curriculum, which can be found here. For English translations of subject names, check this.

Please note also that is it possible to choose two specialties (provided you know Polish) and complete both in the course of your studies. Because this requires the student to earn extra ECTS points, the University of Lodz requires that the student pay 400 PLN (once only).

To register for two specialties, please register for one electronically, and write an email to dyrektor.ia@uni.lodz.pl informing the heads of the Institute about your wish to sign up for the other one (please send your email no later than January 18).

Bridges Between Reality and Fiction
in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C.S. Lewis
The 3rd NEWstories Conference – organised by PhD students from the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) – will be held online on 6 March 2021. The aim of the conference is to bring together both undergraduate and postgraduate literary scholars so that they can share their academic interests and the results of their research. The conference provides also an interdisciplinary platform for those interested in analysing works of literature in terms of politics, sociology, history, philosophy and psychology. Participants are invited to present papers on examples of and approaches to bridges between fiction and reality depicted in 20th- and 21st-century literature.
Having debated on crisis during the 1st NEWstories conference and on hope during the 2nd NEWstories conference, we would like to address the topic of confronting the gap between fiction and reality in 20th- and 21st-century literature. As stated in the quotation by C.S. Lewis, literature does not merely reflect reality but “enriches” it as well as bridges fictional worlds with reality. Hence, we would like to see what literature adds to reality in order to enrich it, what kind of bridges between reality and fiction can be constructed, and for what reasons. The scope of interest of our conference ranges from modern
literature, which tends to, in Dominic Head’s words, “strike the desired balance between imagination and reality”, to postmodern fiction that queries, as Linda Hutcheon claims, “the relation of both history to reality and reality to language”. We welcome proposals examining interactions between the world known epistemologically and the worlds created in literature as well as presentations looking at creative articulations of real-life experiences and the process of translating experience into words. We are likewise interested in complications and difficulties on the way of communicating all the above as well as advantages stemming from the opportunity to bridge reality and imagination. In our current pandemic situation, it may also be beneficial to discuss the possibility of escaping from the problematic situation into the realms of creative writing.
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations in English by PhD, MA and BA students. Original literary works analysed in the presentations could be written in any language. Please send abstracts (250-300 words) and brief biographical notes by 17 January 2021 to newstories.conference.uj@gmail.com

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following themes:

● reality and fiction (stylistic approach)
● reality and fiction (narrative approach)
● historical reality
● wartime reality
● alternative reality
● virtual reality
● objective/subjective reality
● distorted reality
● perception of reality
● sense of reality
● fictional representations of real events
● fictionality as a distinctive property of literary texts

There is no conference fee. The conference will be held exclusively online on Microsoft Teams. Technical details will be sent to the participants before the event.

Katarzyna Biela (Jagiellonian University)
Alicja Lasak (Jagiellonian University)

In accordance with the latest regulations issued by the authorities of the Faculty of Philology and University of Lodz, all courses organized by the Institute of English Studies will be taught online until further notice.

Dear Students,
Since the situation demands that we all exchange numerous emails every day, we encourage you to brush up on your knowledge of email etiquette and apply the rules in practice in official correspondence.

Students choose three Proseminars. Registration will commence on Wednesday 14th October at 8pm and will close on Friday 16th October at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: usosweb.uni.lodz.pl .
Please refer to the timetable in order to ensure that the classes of your choice do not overlap.

Course descriptions are available here.

There are limits to the maximum number of students in groups. If the group of your choice is already full, please choose another one.

The proseminars of the following teachers will be taught in the Faculty of Philology building: dr P. Spyra, prof. T. Dobrogoszcz/prof. M. Cieślak, prof. J. Kruczkowska, prof. I. Witczak-Plisiecka, prof. M. Deckert. All other proseminars will be taught online.

All 1-st year students are invited to an introductory meeting where they will be provided with important information about the 2020/2021 winter semester:

The meeting will be held

  • for BA students: on Monday, October 12, at 10:00 in room A1
  • for MA students: on Monday, October 12, at 12:00 in room A1

The meeting for MA students will also address important aspects of the teaching specialization.

Please wear a mask and adhere to social distancing. Students whose names begin with A-K are requested to use the door to the lecture hall located on level -1, others – on level 0. Please enter the room one by one and take your time to avoid unnecessary crowding – the meeting will being only once everyone is seated.

In the past semesters, we worked on various projects; plays and other creative bits either inspired by our plays or independent. It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our online exhibition „In the Prospect of our Creation” and invite you to check out our work!