Perpetual Others: Identity, Memory and War and Gender
The panel discusses the re-appearing of the figures, symbols and leitmotivs of the Others, such as a Jew, Gay and Lesbian and a Woman, and recently the figure of the Migrant/Foreigner in Polish culture.
These figures demarcate the boundaries of the mythical and normative Polishness that exists in the social imaginary present within cultural, political and social discourses.
We follow the reasoning (as in Kristeva's elaboration of a foreigner or in Derridian philosophy of hospitality) that the figure of foreigner "questions" the basics of our own existence; he undermines the sense of belonging as well as re-defines the notion of home.
In the short presentations of the proposed panel/roundtable these issues will be tackled in the various angles and perspectives and consequently discussed during the discussion giving the wide-ranging overview of the presence of the Others in recent discourses (in media, literature and cinema) in Poland.
DR. URSZULA CHOWANIEC
Women as Strangers in Polish Cultural Production
DR. RENATA INGBRANT
Return of the Dead: Revisiting Polish-Jewish Past in Popular Culture
PROF. MAŁGORZATA RADKIEWICZ
(In)visible Queer: Non-normative Sexualities in Polish Cinema
Encounters with the Migrant in Contemporary Polish Literature
Małgorzata Radkiewicz is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Audio Visual Arts at at Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Poland). Her work deals with issues of contemporary cinema, gender, and intercultural and intermedia communication. In her research and publications she focuses on representation of gender and queer in film, media and arts as well as on much wider category of cultural identity.
She published a book about women filmmakers, and other one on Polish cinema of 1990s. In her book: “Female Gaze: Film Theory and Practice of Women directors and artists” (2010) she addresses the issue of women’s cinema and arts in terms of feminist theory. In her last book: “Faces of queer cinema” (2014) she analysis selected films dealing with the issue of queer, sexuality and gender.
Dr Urszula Chowaniec is Assistant Professor at Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Kraków University in Poland. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow in Polish Language and Culture at University College London. Her main areas of research are contemporary literature and culture, comparative studies in women’s writing, gender in contemporary culture and translation studies. She in an author of the recently published monograph Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Polish Women’s Writing (2015).
She has edited and contributed to other volumes: Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Polish and Russian Women Writers (2008), Mapping Experience in Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (2010), and Women’s Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory (2012).
Dr. Renata Ingbrant holds a PhD in Slavic languages and literature and is currently employed as associate senior lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages, Finnish, Dutch and German at Stockholm University. She is the author of the monograph From Her Point of View: Woman's Anti-World in the poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska (Stockholm, 2007) and a book on gender issues in Polish culture and politics after 1989, Kvinnligt och manligt i Polen. Två studier om genus, kultur och politik [Femininity and masculinity in Poland. Two studies on gender, culture and politics] (Stockholm, 2013). Her research interests include modern and contemporary Polish literature, Polish women’s literature, gender and masculinity studies and cultural studies. Lately she has been working on a project Changing Masculinities in Late-Nineteenth-Century Polish Prose.
Joanna Kosmalska (University of Łódź) teaches courses in literary and film translation. She is the initiator and deputy coordinator of Polish (E)Migration Literature in Ireland and Great Britain since 2004 project, which is funded by the National Science Centre, Poland (http://emigracja.uni.lodz.pl). Her current research focuses on migration, migrant literature, transnationalism, postcolonial studies, globalisation and cosmopolitism.