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The Long Night of Anglicists

Long Night of AnglicistsNovember 25, 4-10 pm | Online

On the 25th of November, the Long Night of Anglicists will take place! Brace yourselves for an evening full of lectures, workshops, and presentations prepared by English teachers from all over Poland. This is a unique event and the main goal is to show the thoughts and scientific potential of English studies in Poland, as well as to unravel myth that English studies is only about language learning.

There will be plenty of online events to attend and participation is free for everyone. To find out more about the specific lectures, workshops, and presentations, please visit the event's website.


Connectivity and its Other | International Conference

July 2, 2022

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The ubiquity of digital connectivity and the subsequent diminishing of human connection have become truths of our time. This conference starts with the assumption that digital overload takes a toll on people’s ability to connect meaningfully with themselves or with others. As many studies have shown hyperconnectivity can lead to self-centered thinking, narrow-mindedness, and a lack of empathy. The attendant mindset can and often does propel contemptuous forms of social interaction.

While the downsides and risks of hyperconnectivity are well known and widely lamented, contemporary media criticism explores moments of “digital disentanglement,” i.e. users' deliberate strategies to disconnect. This would constitute a resistance or alternative to hyperconnectivity. The “other” of hyperconnectivity then does not only refer to forms of othering (e.g. cyberhate and populist vitriol), which drive polarization and undermine democratic and civil culture.

In this conference we will examine already existent counter-strategies such as digital minimalism, digital self-defense and the digital detox movement as well as the booming mindfulness movement and the emerging academic field of critical digital literacy that train (mental) skills to curtail the harmful effects of hyperconnectivity.

Organized by Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Lemke

 

 


 

From Racial Polarization to Black Liberation | Symposium

February 3, 2021 | Online

Polarization/Liberation SymposiumProf. Dr. Sieglinde Lemke and Luvena Kopp, M.A. are the organizers of a symposium which looks into the current Black movement, its repercussions and its potential to further social transformation. Guest speakers will be Priscilla Layne, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Dr. Nicole Hirschfelder (University of Tübingen), and Courtney Moffett-Bateau, M.A. (University of Bremen).

Black Lives Matter has become the rallying cry of the largest protest movement in U.S. history. As people from various nations and races have joined its protests, the movement has become an indispensable force of social change. This comes at a time of extreme polarization, propelled by increasing political partisanship, wherein rising levels of violence, animosity, and contempt towards members of the other group exacerbate divisions in U.S. society. The recent upsurge of Black Lives Matter, in an era of COVID-19, exposes long-standing racial as well as economic polarization. Expediting the structures of neoliberal capitalism, the pandemic reinforces the precarity of the many while increasing profits for the few. As the pandemic converges with a tradition of racist police brutality, Black lives are the main victims of a dual crisis.

The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement links the struggle for Black liberation to a broader struggle for systemic change. "Black liberation," Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor reminds us in From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, "is bound up with the project of human liberation and social transformation."


 

Law and Literature from a Narratological Perspective | International Conference

May 6 – 8, 2021 | Online

Organized by Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik and Prof. Dr. Frank L. Schäfer. A program from the conference can be found here.


26th EARS Meeting (English and American Rhenish Scholars)

December 3, 2021 | Université Haute-Alsace Mulhouse
Following the meeting, a festive dinner at the Auberge du Zoo was offered by the UHA


Culture at Play: Spaces – Colours – Stories in Digital Games

March 4 – 5, 2022 | Online

Over the last few decades, video games have left their marginal position in culture and turned into a central experience that holds a permanent place in the lives of many people.

At the same time, they have also grown ever more sophisticated in content as well as audio-visual quality.

As a result, it is not only increasingly important to give them the serious consideration they deserve, but also that this happens in a manner that can do justice to their unique, multimedia mode of expression.

The conference is aiming to open up a space that allows for a sophisticated analysis of video games and the cultural field that has emerged around them using an interdisciplinary approach that includes, cultural, literary, and media studies.

You can find the program for the event, which will be continuously updated, here.