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2nd International Conference on Polish Studies

April 17-20, 2008
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN





Conference Program


Except where indicated, all sessions take place in the Dogwood Room at the Indiana Memorial Union

Thursday, April 17, 2008


8.45 am

Welcoming Remarks: Vice President Patrick O’Meara

9:00 am

Opening plenary

Clare Cavanagh, Northwestern University, Czesław Miłosz and
the Mystery of the Missing Second World

10.00 – 10.30 am
Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm

Panel 1: New Perspectives on Cultural Studies
Chair: Padraic Kenney, Indiana University

Marek Zaleski, Institute for Literary Studies (IBL), Poland:
Literature and Culture Wars in Poland after 1989

Magdalena Marszałek, Humboldt University, Germany:
Transforming the Past into a Phantasm: “Achtung Zelig” by
Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz and Krystian Rosenberg

Raymond Patton, University of Michigan:The Struggle over
Rock in the Polish Press in the 1980’s

12.00 – 1.00 pm 
Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:15 pm 

Panel 2: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Polish Literature and Culture
Chair: Roman Koropeckyj, University of California-Los Angeles

Artur Grabowski, Jagiellonian University, Poland and University of
Washington, Seattle: Hermes as Psychoanalyst: Zbigniew Herbert
and Sigmund Freud – Debate on European Soul

Bryce Lease, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom:
Seeking Someone Else’s History: Gardzienice’s Postmodern

2.15 – 2:45 pm 
Coffee Break
2:45 – 4:30 pm 

Panel 3: Twentieth-Century Non/Fiction
Chair: Jerzy Jarzębski, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Benjamin Paloff, University of Michigan: Truth and Violence:
Miłosz, Herling-Grudziński, and the Counterfactual

Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova, University of Kansas:
The Crisis of Fatherhood in Polish Post-Communist
Childhood Accounts

Bożena Karwowska, University of British Columbia, Canada:
Polish Immigrant Women Writers about Themselves and
“Other” (Generations)

Todd Armstrong, Grinnell College: Hanna Krall’s Short Fiction:
Polish/Jewish Identity and the Trauma of Genealogy in Post-
Holocaust Polish Narratives 

5:15 – 7:15 pm
Reception, IMU, University Club, President's Room

Friday, April 18, 2008

Panel 4: Reading Contemporary Prose
Chair: Bill Johnston, Indiana University

9:00 – 10:45 am 

Hanna Gosk, Warsaw University, Poland: Anthropological Aspects
of an Encounter with the Other/Inferior Polish Prose of the Turn of
the Century in the Perspective of Postcolonial Discourse and the
Philosophy of Dialogue

Ewa Wampuszyc, University of Florida: On Magical Historicism and
Post-Colonial Discourse in the Writing of Olga Tokarczuk

Hikaru Ogura, Waseda University, Japan: The “Eastern” Side of
Olga Tokarczuk

Kinga Maciejewska, University of Chicago: “Charles de Gaulle
Roundabout”: Raw Facts and the Danger of Finalizing Narratives

10. 45 – 11.15 am 
Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 pm 

Panel 5: Revisioning Twentieth-Century Poetry
Chair: Benjamin Paloff, University of Michigan

Bethany Braley, Indiana University: Bolesław Leśmian and the
“Romantic” Nightscape

Mira Rosenthal, Indiana University: Revising Anna: Translation
and Its Double Vision

Olga Ponichtera, University of Toronto, Canada: Trains of Memory
and Commemoration : Archiving of the Past in Tadeusz Różewicz’s
The Professor’s Knife (2001)

12:45 – 2.00 pm 
Lunch Break, IMU, Tudor Room
2:00 – 3:45 pm 

Panel 6: The Nineteenth Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Chair: Brian Porter-Szucs, University of Michigan

Justyna Beinek and Halina Goldberg, Indiana University: Literary
and Musical Albums: Conventions and Contexts

Alicja Kusiak-Brownstein, University of Michigan: Matka Polka
i Kobieta-Bohater: Constructing Gender and Nationness in
Nineteenth-Century Polish Popular Culture

Catherine O’Neil, United States Naval Academy: Agamemnon’s
Tomb: A Polish Oresteia

Ursula Phillips, University College, London, United Kingdom:
Feminism and Christian Ecumenism: New Readings of Narcyza

3.45 – 4.15 pm
Coffee Break
4.15 - 4.30 pm
Slocum Room,
Lilly Library

“Found in Translation” Award Ceremony:
Grzegorz Gauden, Director, Instytut Książki, Kraków, Poland
Monika Fabijańska, Director, Polish Cultural Institute,New York

4:30 – 5:30pm 
Slocum Room,
Lilly Library

Reading: Polish Literature in Translation

Bill Johnston
Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Mira Rosenthal

Saturday, April 19, 2008

9:00 – 10:15 am 

Panel 7: Queering Polish Literature and Culture
Chair: Joanna Niżyńska, Harvard University

Przemysław Czapliński, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland: Our
“Queer Types”. Common Identities in Polish Contemporary

Joanna Niżyńska, Harvard University: Queering Białoszewski

10:15 – 10:45 am 
Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 pm

Panel 8: Modernism Redux
Chair: Ursula Phillips, University College London, United Kingdom

Karen Underhill, University of Chicago: Authenticity in Exile: Bruno
Schulz and Walter Benjamin on the Relocation of the Original

Bora Chung, Indiana University: Death and the Apocalyptic Vision
in Bruno Jasieński’s Palę Paryż

Jennifer Croft, Northwestern University: The Aggravated and
Recidivist Self-Imposed Exile of Witold Gombrowicz

Alex Spektor, Harvard University: The Tyranny of Form: Narrative
Ethics in Gombrowicz’s Cosmos

12.30 – 1.45pm 
1:45 – 3:15 pm

Panel 9: New Directions in Theatre and Drama
Chair: Tamara Trojanowska, University of Toronto

Tamara Trojanowska, University of Toronto, Canada: Performing
Urban Spaces in Polish Contemporary Drama

Milija Gluhović, University of Warwick, United Kingdom: Artur
Żmijewski’s Art of Repetition: Contexts, Politics, Ethics

Michael D. Johnson, University of Kansas: On the Paths of the
Soul: St. Przybyszewski’s Na drogach duszy (1900) as a New Direction
in Russian Dramatic Art

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Coffee Break
3:45 – 5:00 pm

Panel 10: Cinematic Inquiry
Chair: Justyna Beinek, Indiana University

Bill Martin, University of Chicago: Miś and Carnival

Zofia Kolbuszewska, John Paul II Catholic University, Poland,
Wojciech Jerzy Has (1925-2000) and His Surrealist Junkyard of
Looping Time: Reconceptualizing (Popular) History of Polish Film

Departure for picnic, Brown County State Park

Sunday, April 20, 2008


9.00 – 11.00am 
Roundtable discussion



Justyna Beinek, conference chair, Indiana University
Bill Johnston, Indiana University

Indiana University


Kate Worle, Indiana University
Gosia Swearingen, Indiana University
Magdalena Sokolowski, Indiana University


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