Writing and the Subject/s of Ideology

International Conference

22 - 25 September 2010
Ustroń, Poland

Conference Programme

Thursday, 23 Sept 2010

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00 Opening – Wojciech Kalaga, Director of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures (University of Silesia)

9:30-10:30 Keynote address (Room A) – Agata Bielik-Robson (Polish Academy of Sciences)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break


Room A – chair: Marta Zając

1. Robert Kielawski: Exposing the Fear of Politics and Struggling to Move Beyond Criticism without Foundations. Some Reflections on the Art of Mark Ravenhill
2. Joanna Stolarek: Killing for the Sake of Healing? – a Political, Philosophical and Psychological Dimension of Genocide in Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow

Room B – chair: Sławomir Masłoń

1. Artur Piskorz: From 9/11 to 7/7 and beyond: Fear Fanaticism and Film
2. Sonia Front: “(Un)happy Together” – Destabilizing Ideology in Wong Kar-Wai’s Cinema
3. Marcin Sarnek: You Wouldn’t Steal a Movie. Copyrights Intimidation Campaigns and New Models of Prospective Punishment

Room C – chair: Anna Chromik-Krzykawska

1. Mikołaj Marcela: The Return of the Living Dead: Zombies and the Process of Growing Old
2. Izabella Penier: The Black Atlantic Zombie. National Schisms and Utopian Diasporas in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker
3. Natalia Wójcicka: The Living Dead – Redefinition of Death, Organ Harvesting and Fear of the Physician in Popular Culture


Room A – chair: David Schauffler

1. Joanna Jodłowska: Who’s Afraid of the Supermarket: A Study of Andrzej Wójcik’s and Ewan Jones-Morris’s Semi-Documentary Brand New World

2. Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu: Literary Representations of Anxieties and Fears about Modernisation in Turkey (1940-50)

3. Monika Gorzelak: City of (Dis)Appearnce or Danse Macabre in New York

Room B – chair: Leszek Drong

1. Tadeusz Lewandowski: A Terrorist’s Fears:Theodore Kaczynski’s Industrial Society and Its Future

2. John E. Starnes: Mr. Turner's Fears and Fantasies: The Turner Diaries and White Fear in America

3. Ryszard Bartnik: Living in the Face of Menacing “Unreason”. Martin Amis’s The Second Plane as a Response to Ideological Fundamentalisms

Room C – chair: Jacek Mydla

1. Katarzyna Chruszczewska: “To Be Saved by Chaos”: Emancipation of Self by Mutilation and Perversion. Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters and Choke
2. Thomas Dutoit: Fear of Castration and the Beheading of Civilisation: on Kant, Reik and Freud
3. Dorota Wiśniewska: Dissecting American Psychos: Serial Killers in American Films and Fiction

14:30-16:00 lunch

16:00-17:00 Keynote address (Room A) – Horst Ruthrof (Murdoch University)

17:00-17:30 Coffee break


Room A – chair: Agata Bielik-Robson

1. Anna Antonowicz: Indian Zigzags - the Industrial Monster
2. Kamila Pawlikowska: Fearing of the Inside: Neurological Terror in Victorian Literature
3. Justyna Jajszczok: The Parasite and Fear. The Transition from Religion to Medicine

Room B – chair: Jeremy Tambling

1. Tomasz Markiewka: Borderlines of Fear.
Greeks and the Others in Teodor Parnicki’s Historical novel The End of “The Concord of Nations”
2. Gabriela Marszołek: “Fetch Me My Feathers and Amber.” Notes on Civilization and the Primitive
3. Andrzej Wicher: The Problem of the Legitimacy and Topicality of the Fears for the Future of Civilization Expressed in C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength

Room C – chair: Marcin Sarnek

1. Michał Różycki: The Science of Conspiracy – The Fear of Technology in Contemporary Conspiracy Theory Narratives

2. Anna Krawczyk-Łaskarzewska: “Seek and Ye Shall Mind” – the Mechanisms of Online Exposure
3. Łukasz Wojtkowski: Symbolism of Fear in American Political Ads

19:30 Dinner

Friday, 24 Sept 2010

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Keynote address (Room A) – Jeremy Tambling (University of Manchester)

10:00 – 11:30

Room A – chair: Jacek Mydla

1.Przemysław Michalski: Original Sin, Fear and Metaphysical Poetry
2.Katarzyna Blacharska: The Renaissance “Plus ultra” and the Recurrence of “Non plus ultra” as Reflected in the Poetry of John Donne and John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost
3.Karolina Lebek: The Fear of Atheism and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England

Room B – chair: Andrzej Wicher

1.Daniel Vogel: A European in Africa: Fear of Civilization or Civilization of Fear
2.Marek Grzanka: Multiculturalism: an Unreal World. Erasing Difference under the Banner of Diversity
3.Dorota Sobstel: Black Pearls of Fear – Andrea Assaf’s Eleven Reflections on September

Room C – chair: Anna Chromik-Krzykawska

1.Dorota Babilas: Victorian Culture and the Fear of the Talented Woman in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

2.Michalina Pelczar: The Unbelievable Terror of Female(and Female) Sex

3.Tomasz Jarymowicz: What is Judith Butler Afraid of? - Fears and Politics

11:30-12:00 Coffee break


Room A – chair: David Schauffler

1.Richard A. Davis: Fear and Terror in the Formulation and Conduct of British Foreign Policy
2.Garry Robson: Fear, Loathing and Long-Term Millennial Anxiety: Mapping the Fragments of ‘Broken Britain’
3.Yingchi Chu: Critical Discourse in the Chinese Media

Room B – chair: Marcin Sarnek

1.Maria Korusiewicz: Between Fields of Fear and Gardens of Compassion; the Approach to Nature in Western and Japanese Traditions
2.Monika Kowalczyk: Exposing the Fear: Jason Elliot's “Unexpected light” on the (Un)Civilised
3.Ewa Łukaszyk: Intrusive Spirit of the Desert: The Metaphor of Nomad in the Late-Modern Thinking on Civilization

Room C – chair: Tomasz Kalaga

1.Marta Zając: The Christian and Anxiety. “[…] voice in the garden […]” (Gen 3,10) as related to H.U. von  Balthasar’s theology of the “abiding void”.
2.Aleksander Gomola: All shall be well – Eschatology of Julian of Norwich as the Counterbalance for Modernist Angst
3.Dominika Oramus: Gods for the Final Days. Selected Religious Systems Devised by Kurt Vonnnegut Jr. and Philip K. Dick

14:00-15:30 Lunch


Room A – chair: Daniel Vogel

1.Paulina Kamińska: Civilisation, Fear and Trauma in Doris Lessing’s Writing
2.Sławomir Konkol: What Else is Civilization for? Narration as a Means of Overcoming Fear and Trauma in Graham Swift
3.Sławomir Kuźnicki: Civilization Renewal Project – the Ultimate Solution of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

Room B – chair: Horst Ruthrof

1.Sławomir Masłoń: Thy Neighbour as Thyself: Fear as Social Link
2.Maciej F. Piątek: Fears and Fictions of Samuel Beckett
3.Constantinos Maritsas: Love as Metamorphosis of Violence

Room C – chair: Ewa Borkowska

1. Jacek Mydla: Fear En-aesthetised
2. Brian R. Reis: Nihilism, the Numinousand, and the Fear of the Dionysian Ultimate in H.P. Lovecraft
3. Anna Budziak: The Language of Decadence: A Fearful Master of Men

17:00-17:30 Coffee break


Room A – chair: Leszek Drong

1. Alina Mitek-Dziemba: The Waning of Experience? (Neo)Pragmatism and Its Pastoralist Fears
2. Wit Pietrzak: The Anxiety of the Death of Context. An Attempt at Constituting the Subject in Literary Culture

Room B – chair: Marek Kulisz

1. James Henry: The Postmodern Condition and/in the Persian Gulf
2. David Schauffler: A Spectacle is Haunting Europe: Guy Debord and the Fear of Money

19:00 Dinner

Thursday, 23 Sept 2010

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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University of Silesia
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