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ExRe(y) 2018

ExRe(y) 2018

Exhaustion and Regeneration in Post-Millennial North-
American Literature and Visual Culture

Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
Lublin, Poland
May 10-11, 2018

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Congratulations to Paweł Frelik (SFRA Award)

During this year’s Science Fiction Research Association conference held at the University of California, Riverside (June 28-July 1), Prof. Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland) received the Thomas D. Clareson Award, which recognizes outstanding service activities – promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations. Prof. Frelik is the first recipient of the award from outside the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


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EAAS President’s letter on developments in Poland

In my capacity as President of the European Association for American Studies, I have today written to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and to the Foreign Minister of Ireland, to express grave concern about the developing constitutional situation in Poland.
The Law and Justice government which came into power in Poland in the fall 2015 moved immediately to dismantle judicial review by replacing judges of the Constitutional Tribunal in an illegal procedure violating the existing constitutional and statutory provisions. Today, the attack on the judiciary continues with a bill being processed that will cut short the constitutionally guaranteed terms of the Supreme Court’s sitting justices and alter the way in which new justices are appointed. Two other bills that are also intended to make the judiciary subservient to the executive have already been adopted and await the President’s approval. One of these bills changes the way in which the entire court system is run, while the other intervenes into the judiciary’s constitutionally mandated self-governing body known as the National Council of the Judiciary.
These measures are being adopted in an extremely brisk legislative process that violates the Polish constitution and ignores the normal lawmaking procedure. While more than a hundred thousand protesters and countless commentators are speaking up to demand that the President must veto these three bills, he has merely disputed the distribution of power between his office and that of the ministry of justice in one of these bills. The President’s gesture has not diffused public protests despite the pretense that he meant to stop the blatant court packing that is certain to follow once he signs these bills into law. Many Poles recognise that an independent judiciary is quite literally the last barrier separating the country from becoming an authoritarian state. The Polish government and the President himself, who exercises the veto right, need to recognise the profound gravity of the present political crisis which the authorities themselves have caused by acting with open contempt for the constitution and for the law in general, and to desist from their attempt at an illegal, and illegitimate, regime change. The international community needs to recognise the danger to democracy posed by the bills moving through the legislative process at great speed and with much corner-cutting, and to exert every possible pressure on Polish statesmen to desist from this blatant attempt and on the Polish President to veto these bills.
The EAAS expresses its solidarity with all of its colleagues in Poland, and is concerned that academic freedom, civil liberties, and constitutional rights are protected for all Polish citizens.
Philip McGowan, EAAS President
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CFP: Fantastic versus Realism

Our Research Team on Fantastic Literature (University of Białystok, Poland) is pleased to invite everyone to its third conference

The Fantastic versus Realism and their relevance as literary conventions

which will be held in Białystok on November 16-17, 2017.

Call for papers (pdf)

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The New Americanist

Dear Colleagues,
In association with the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, The Americanist will be relaunching as The New Americanist.
The New Americanist is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal publishing scholarly work on the United States and the Americas broadly considered. We are especially interested in work which includes a global perspective, introduces new critical approaches, and proposes theoretical frameworks to the study of the US. We welcome contributions from scholars from around the world and across the humanities and social sciences.

The New Americanist is planning a Fall 2018 release for its inaugural issue. If you are interested in contributing, please submit a 350-word abstract and 200-word biographical note by 31 July 2017 to Completed articles of a 6000-8000 word length based on accepted abstracts by 31 December 2017.

The New Americanist comes out twice yearly in association with the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. Please submit previously unpublished work only. All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review.

The New Americanist is always seeking book reviews and commentary. Please contact us if you are interested in contributing.

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Machines / Ravines: Negotiating the [Technological] Sublime

Machines / Ravines:
Negotiating the [Technological] Sublime

Dates: September 14-16, 2017
University of Łódź, Dept. of American Literature

Call for papers (pdf)

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Nowości wydawnicze: Litteraria Copernicana

Informujemy o najnowszym numerze Litteraria Copernicana, poświęconego twórczości Henry’ego Jamesa:

Henry James: muzeum pisarza pod redakcją Mirosławy Buchholtz, Doroty Guttfeld i Grzegorza Koneczniaka

Pismo dostępne jest na stronie czasopisma:

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CFP: Media in America, America in Media

Media in America, America in Media

Department of American Studies and Department of Social Communication
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin
25-26 May 2017

Call for Papers (pdf)

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2017 PAAS Conference

Polish Association for American Studies Annual Conference
Institute of English, Szczecin University,
18-20 October 2017

Call for papers


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Call for Papers: Explorations (2017)



Explorations: A Journal of Language and Literature is a peer-refereed online journal published by the Department of the English Language and the Department of English Language Literature at Opole University, Poland (for more information and the current issue see For the next issue of the journal, to be published in December 2017 we invite articles addressing language- and literature related topics in an original and innovative way. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches ranging across linguistics, critical theory, and literary and cultural studies. Each submitted article will be peer-reviewed by academic experts selected from relevant fields of research.

Contributions are expected by June 30, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2017.

For style sheet and further information, please consult the journal web page at

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April Conference Fourteen


April Conference Fourteen, 20-22 April 2017

The Fourteenth International Conference on English and American Literature and Culture

Call for papers (pdf)

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Uchwała Walnego Zebrania PTSA


Uchwała Walnego Zebrania PTSA z dnia 28 października 2016 roku

Walne Zebranie Polskiego Towarzystwa Studiów Amerykanistycznych, w poczuciu, że ksenofobia i przemoc niweczą wartości, na których zbudowana jest otwarta wspólnota akademicka, z najwyższym niepokojem odnotowuje coraz częstsze akty przemocy motywowane ksenofobią, czego przykładem była fizyczna napaść na profesora Jerzego Kochanowskiego rozmawiającego po niemiecku w tramwaju w Warszawie w dniu 8 września 2016 roku. Ze słowną agresją spotkało się co najmniej dwoje członków PTSA, zaatakowanych za czytanie i rozmawianie w obcym języku, także po angielsku, na ulicy i w środkach transportu. Werbalna i fizyczna przemoc kierowana wobec “obcych” zagraża nam wszystkim. Mieszkający i goszczący w Polsce naukowcy i zagraniczni studenci są na nią szczególnie narażeni. Zdumiewa haniebny brak reakcji władz państwowych na coraz częstsze jej przejawy. Wzywamy naukowców i studentów do przeciwstawiania się ksenofobii i aktom przemocy. Domagamy się od władz państwowych jednoznacznego potępienia aktów agresji na tle narodowościowym i rasowym oraz aktywnego im przeciwdziałania.

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CFP: Polish science fiction and fantasy literature


Dear Colleagues,

Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is looking for submissions for a theme issue dedicated to the study of Polish science fiction and fantasy literature.

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2017 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize

2017 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize – Call for Submissions

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize recognizes excellent scholarship by a non-U.S. scholar in the field of historical American art. Manuscripts should advance the understanding of American art, demonstrating new findings and original perspectives. The prize winner will be given the opportunity to work toward publication in American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s scholarly journal. He or she will also receive a $1,000 cash award and a travel stipend of up to $3,000 to give a presentation in Washington, D.C., and meet with museum staff and fellows. This prize is supported by funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Ph.D. candidates and above who have not published in American Art previously are eligible to participate in the competition. Essays may focus on any aspect of historical (pre-1980) American art and visual culture; however, architecture and film studies are not eligible. Preference will be given to submissions that address American art within a cross-cultural context and offer new ways of thinking about the material. A strong emphasis on visual analysis is encouraged.

Submissions for the 2017 prize must be sent to by January 15, 2017. For more information about eligibility and the format for submissions, please visit

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Crossroads I: Remembering/Forgetting

Crossroads I: Remembering/Forgetting
Call for Papers
Institute of Modern Languages
University of Białystok
01-02 December 2016

Call for papers (pdf)

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