Writing and the Subject/s of Ideology

International Conference

22 - 25 September 2010
Ustroń, Poland

Information for Participants

We have accepted sixty high quality paper proposals; unfortunately, we had to reject a number of others. The diversity of response will make the Conference a truly interdisciplinary event. It is no longer possible to accept any more proposals.

Registration and Conference Fee

The conference fee is 80 USD (250 PLN). Please make the fee payable by 3rd September 2010 to the following bank account:

  • For payments in the Polish zloty (PLN):
  • 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909 the beneficiary: Uniwersytet ¦l±ski w Katowicach, ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, Remittance information ("tytuł wpłaty") CIVILISATION AND FEAR + your name

  • For payments in $ (USD):
  • IBAN: PL74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909

Remittance information should contain CIVILISATION AND FEAR + your name

*** Please note: It is very important that you mark the payment with the sub-account name CIVILISATION AND FEAR + your name.

Once you have made the payment, please let us know about it via email and email the completed registration form to

Please note that, for administrative reasons, we will only be able to secure places for those candidates whose fee is paid on time.

We also kindly remind you that the conference fee does not include accommodation costs. Accommodation costs are payable on arrival.

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The conference is to be held in the picturesquely located Hotel Relaks in Ustron ( overlooking the Beskidy mountains. The hotel offers double en suite rooms as well as full board. Once we have received your fee, we will book a place for you. Accommodation costs are payable on arrival.

The rate for a bed in a double en suite room with full board (buffet breakfast, hot lunch and dinner) is 127,- PLN (approximately €32, or $40). Single en suite rooms with full board are no longer available.

The per-day breakdown of the accommodation costs is as follows:

  • Breakfast: 18,00 PLN
  • Dinner: 24,00 PLN
  • Supper: 17,00 PLN
  • Coffee breaks and refreshments: 18,00
  • Room: 50,00 PLN

*** Please note that the hotel accepts cash payments only.***

You can check in from 2pm on Wednesday September 22nd. The organisers desk will be in the hotel lobby next to reception, open from 2pm on Wednesday.

Ustroń - How to get there

Ustroń is situated in the Cieszyn County, Silesian Voivodeship (Province), in southern Poland, at the Polish - Czech-Republic border. A popular health resort, it has for long attracted tourists as well as seekers of mild mountain-climate. For over a decade, the University of Silesia's Institute of English Cultures and Literatures has continued to organise international conferences here.

You can travel by train directly to Ustroń:

Ustroń has a good railway connection to Katowice, the province's capitol city. If you travel from Kraków (Cracow), Warsaw, or practically any other larger city, you need to change trains in Katowice. You get out in USTRON POLANA and need to take a taxi to Hotel RELAKS. The approximate taxi fare should be 12-15zl ( $4 - $5).

You can check the detailed railways timetable at the Polish Railways Route Planner site:

Or take a free conference bus from Katowice to Ustroń:

Free conference bus will transport the conference participants from central Katowice to Ustron. On Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, it will leave from Bankowa 12 (in front of the University's main building) at 18.30 hrs and it will take you to the hotel where it should arrive at around 20hrs. Several of our colleagues will be waiting for you on Bankowa to offer the necessary assistance.

Bankowa 12 is a 10 minute walk from Katowice railway station - you will find walking directions here:

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If you want to take a taxi, call UFO taxi at +48 509 876 757 or KAROLINA taxi at +48 32 201 01 01, or simply take one of the cabs from the rank in front of the station (might be slightly more expensive).

If you travel by plane to Katowice:

To get from Katowice Airport to Katowice Central railway station (Katowice Dworzec Główny) you can take a bus shuttle "Lotnisko Airport Bus" (Linia Lotnisko) (20pln - approx 50mins with one hour intervals between buses). If you travel with WizzAir (for example from London Stansted) you can use WizzAir Bus Service: (note that WizzAir Bus Service requires booking 3 days ahead of departure). We strongly advise against taking a taxi directly from the airport to Katowice center - you may be charged extravagant fares - The Airport is about 35 km away from the city center. If you find out you need to take a taxi, please ask for details on licenced and reliable taxi services at the airport's information desk. From Katowice central railway station you can take a train to Ustroń or use the conference bus.

If you travel by plane to Kraków:

Take the train to Kraków Railway Station (timetables and fares are available here: and then a train to Katowice Central Railway Station. Then you can take a train to Ustroń or use the conference bus.

If you travel by car:

From Katowice: Take E81 for Skoczów and continue along it. Past Skoczów E81 changes into road 941 which takes you directly to Ustroń. Approx. 400m after you pass Ustroń Polana railway station take LEFT into ul. Wczasowa and continue along it across the Vistula River and further upwards Równica mountain. After approx. 2 km take LEFT into ul. Stroma and continue along it untill you arrive to Hotel Relaks. You can refer to this map - it shows the route to Hotel Ondraszek, which is a stone's throw away from Relaks.

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And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, ll.27-3O)

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Contact Information

Institute of English Cultures and Literatures
University of Silesia
41-205 Sosnowiec
ul. Gen. S. Grota-Roweckiego 5
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