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Crossroads II: City/Non-City

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Crossroads II: City/Non-City
Institute Of Modern Languages
University Of Białystok
29-30 November 2018

Call for papers (pdf)

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2018 PAAS Conference

2018 Annual Conference
Challenging America, American Challenges. Culture, Society, Politics
held and hosted by the Department of American Studies and Mass Media,
University of Łódź, Poland,
24-26 October 2018

Call for papers (pdf)

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Call for Papers: Explorations (2018)

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 Literatures at Opole University, Poland (for more information and the current issue see For the next issue of the journal, to be published in December 2018 we invite articles addressing language- and literature related topics in an original and innovative way. We welcome interdisciplinary approches ranging across lingustics, 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, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2018.

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

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Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference

Transatlantic Studies Association
17th Annual Conference
University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia, USA
9-11 July 2018

Call for Papers

The TSA is coming to America. For the time since it was established in 2002, the TSA is holding its annual conference on the other side of the Atlantic. TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in political, economic, cultural, historical, environmental, literary, and IR/security studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.

This conference thus welcomes papers in the following areas:

  1. History
  2. International Relations and Security Studies
  3. Literature, Film, and Culture
  4. Planning and the Environment
  5. Economics
  6. Proposals that investigate the ‘transatlantic’ and explore it through frames of reference such as ideology, empire, race, religion, migration, political mobilisation, or social movements
  7. Proposals that incorporate perspectives that involve north-south and south-south transatlantic connections, as well as north-north

Both panel proposals and individual papers are welcome. Panel proposals are encouraged to include a discussant. New members and junior scholars are especially welcome.

Please send individual paper proposals (a 300 word abstract + brief CV) and complete panel proposals (300 word overview + 300 word abstracts for the papers + brief CVs) to the conference email:

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 2 February 2018

Conference proposals should be directed to the conference address:

For further information or enquiries please contact the following:

Chair of TSA / Local Organiser: Christopher Jespersen:

Further details will soon be posted to the Association’s website:

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CFP: PJAS Special Issue “Other Souths on page and screen”

Dear Colleagues,

Below, please, find a call for papers for the 2019 special issue of PJAS – devoted to “Other Souths on page and screen.”

Authors are cordially invited to submit a 200 word abstract and short bio via email to

The email should bear the subject line “(surname) – abstract for PJAS”

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2018

All abstracts will be subject to review. Authors will be notified by 15 May, 2018

Accepted articles are due by August 31, 2018

Formal condition of acceptance:

Manuscripts of accepted articles should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All papers undergo a review process, and the editors reserve the right to refuse papers or to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication.

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CFP: Visions of the Future Student Symposium

4th Re-Examining American Literature Student Symposium 
Visions of the Future in American Literature and Culture
The Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
March 17, 2018
Poznań, Poland

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Captive Minds

Captive Minds: Norms, Normativities And The Forms Of Tragic Protest In Literature And Cultural Practice

September 20-23, 2018
Szczyrk, Poland
23rd International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures
University of Silesia in Katowice

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CFP: Transatlantic Conversations

Call for Papers:
“Transatlantic Conversations: New and Emerging Approaches to Early American Studies”

A Workshop Jointly Sponsored and Organized by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Society of Early Americanists

October 4-6, 2018
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

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2017/18 Travel Grants


The Polish Association of American Studies will award travel grants to support doctoral students’ conference trips in the academic year 2017-2018.

Travel Grant Committee:

Prof. UWr dr hab. Zofia Kolbuszewska (Head)
Prof. UAM dr hab. Paulina Ambroży
Dr Justyna Wierzchowska (UW)

Applicants eligible for the grant:

  1. must be doctoral students affiliated with one of the Polish institutions of higher education
  2. must be current PAAS members who have paid the annual membership fee
  3. the conference trip and the paper to be presented should be related to American Studies


Details of the application:

  • preference will be given to applicants planning to attend prestigious international conferences abroad
  • applicants must submit a confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers for the application to be considered
  • applicants can apply for a maximum of € 200, to cover travel and/or fee, and/ or accommodation and/or meals
  • applications should contain the following:
    • an abstract of the presentation and details of the conference (e.g. cfp, conference website, brief description of the conference topic)
    • a brief statement about the relevance of the conference to the applicant’s own research
    • a brief budget summary related to the trip (travel, fee, meals, accommodation), and information about other sources of funding, if any
    • an indication whether the applicant is a full-time or part-time post-graduate student, how their studies are funded; if the applicant is employed at an academic institution, it should also be stated in the application
    • the confirmation of acceptance from the organizers of the conference
    • academic CV (including the list of publications, if applicable)


Applications must be submitted electronically to the PAAS Secretary, Prof. Paulina Ambroży ( by February 28th, 2018
Successful applicants will be notified by March 15, 2018.

Upon their return from the conference, the grantees are obliged to submit scans of relevant receipts and invoices documenting their conference expenses (travel, accommodation and fee) and a brief report on the conference activities and achieved goals. The reports should be sent electronically to the same email address: Prof. Paulina Ambroży:

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MA Thesis Award 2017

We are pleased to announce the results of this year’s thesis award. Congratulations to all the finalists!

Click HERE to see the full list

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Fantastic versus Realism: extended deadline

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.

Participants are invited to submit their proposals by October 22nd 2017.

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The 10th Beyond Humanism Conference

The 10th Beyond Humanism Conference

18-21st July 2018 in Wroclaw, Poland

Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism, University of Lower Silesia

Cultures of the Posthuman

Call for papers (pdf)

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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

Call for papers (pdf)


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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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