April Conference Fifteen: Humanity, Humanities
Kraków, Al. Adama Mickiewicza 9A
Please join us in the beautiful city of Krakow in Poland for our triennial April Conference in English Studies, scheduled to take place at the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University.
In 1978 Jerzy Strzetelski and Zygmunt Mazur from the Institute of English Philology at the Jagiellonian University organised the first of what was to become a triennial international conference. April Conference Fifteen will continue the tradition of bringing together scholars working in various fields of English and American Studies, including literature, general and applied linguistics, translation and cultural studies, teaching of English as a foreign language, and other related topics. The theme of this year’s conference is 'Humanity/Humanities'.
When Wilhelm Dilthey published his seminal work in the modern humanities, Introduction to the Human Sciences (1883), his hopes were to outline the future methods and objects of study of the Geisteswissenschaften, including such disciplines as philosophy, philology, politics and literature. By grouping them and clarifying their mutual relationships, he aimed to shed light on ‘the most important components of our picture and knowledge of reality – our own personality as a life-unit, the external world, other individuals, their temporal life and their interactions.’
Today, as the workings of humanity are increasingly linked with the destruction wrought by the Anthropocene, ‘the era of man,’ we feel compelled to re-examine our links with human and other-than-human others ever more closely. Confronting numerous crises, hostilities and conflicts, as well as witnessing an unprecedented momentum of social, political, medical, technological and linguistic change, we are now facing the challenge of redefining our goals, policies and discourses within the field of the humanities yet again.
We welcome contributions addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:
- literary texts in political contexts;
- appropriating literary texts in political debates;
- narratives of crisis and crisis in the humanities;
- imperatives and agendas behind cross-cultural literary translations, adaptations, and appropriations;
- workings of memory and trauma;
- ethics and the humanities;
- humanist perspectives in literary works;
- re(evaluation) of political and social discourses;
- discourses and communication related to war and conflict;
- (re)defining social identities in the age of rapid change;
- transgressing interspecies boundaries, including the perspectives of animal studies, plant humanities;
- transmitting values and ideas in the humanities and beyond;
- digital humanities in literary and linguistic studies;
- humanistic approaches in language education;
- whole-person involvement in foreign language learning.
Proposals for twenty-minute papers (ca. 200 words), with short biographical notes (up to 100 words), should be submitted via the registration portal on the Conference website by 6 February 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 28 February 2023.
We also welcome contributions to the panel sessions. Please submit your proposals for twenty-minute papers and biographical notes via the registration portal on our website.
Panel sessions include the following subjects:
Medieval Studies and Medievalism
Shakespeare 400 years after the First Folio
Eighteenth-Century Textual Transplant(ation)s
Narratives of Memory and Trauma
Joyce and humanism / Joyce and the human in the 21st century
Escape into Nature
Human, Humanity and the Post-human in Drama and Theatre
The Reception of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Gender Studies, Masculinities Studies and Feminist Perspectives in Language and Literature
The War in Ukraine: Stance, Identity, Leadership
Health Knowledge and Online Communication
Language Spread and Language Contact: English in the Communication of the Modern Era
Academic Literacy and Oracy: Teaching and Researching
English Language Teacher Competences
The conference takes place 20-22 April at the Institute of English studies in Krakow.