Call for Papers 2

September 22, 2017

POZNAŃ 22-26 JULY 2019

...A way with words...”



Dear IAUPE Members,

The 2019 Triennial Conference is to take place under the auspices of the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, 22-26 July 2019. The Medieval Symposium is scheduled for the weekend directly preceding the conference. In writing to you a second time as your president I should like to let you know the membership of the Poznan Organizing committee: Liliana Sikorska, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Jacek Fisiak. Conference secretaries: Katarzyna Bronk (Medieval Symposium), Marta Frątczak-Dąbrowska (internet page), Joanna Jarząb-Napierała and Joanna Kaczmarek-Górzynska (social program), Joanna Bury (finances), Ryszard Bartnik (transportation officer), Agnieszka Bury-Galubinska (all other organizational matters). As a group we look forward to welcoming you to the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University.


“Some nights I dreamed he’d written me, the bed/ a page beneath his writer’s hands. Romance/and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste” says Anne Hathaway in Carol Ann Duffy’s poem by the same title (The World’s Wife, 1999: 30), pointing to the fact that words form the substance of our existence, as we live our lives in and through language. On a small scale words can bring solace or cause harm; on a larger scale, they can further international communication or generate political conflicts. Written words evade the passing of time, as the act of reading becomes the act of entering a time machine which enables us to go back as well as move forward and reach into the future. Words of praise and words of abuse, as much as medieval sins of the tongue giving rise to contemporary social offences, become the subjects of literary and linguistic research. Words shape the imaginative lives of individuals and communities standing for our cultural memory as phrased by Duffy, “words like fossils/trapped in the roof of the mouth,/forgotten, half-forgotten, half-/ recalled, the tongue dreaming/it can trace their shape” (“M-M-Memory”, The Other Country, 1990: 36). By creating an almost phonetic image of enunciation, the poem draws attention to both literary and linguistic investigations that have been the core of humanism.

We believe that writers have a way with words and so do professors of literature and professors of linguistics. By writing, we are strengthening links between disciplines as words form bridges between past and present, here and there, us and them. So perhaps the answer to the question “What do you read, my Lord?” would be (not just) “words, words, words”. The 2019 conference’s motto “...A way with words...” provides a link between such varied fields of research and we hope to collect many interesting proposals showing the multifaceted picture of English Studies today.


Hwæt! It is now time to put some serious thought into framing proposals for papers and sending them to the section Chairs, who are in charge of deciding which papers are accepted and how they are to be grouped. I would like to remind you that Section Chairs are responsible for choosing papers in their respective fields, but the call for papers is for all the members. We would like to urge you to submit proposals to the organizers should you feel that your ideas and research go beyond the rigid bounds of the sections.

We welcome proposals for papers on topics including (but not limited to) the following areas of study and interest connected with the sections as posted on the conference page. Abstracts (200-250 words) should be sent to Section Chairs between 30 September 2017 and 1 June 2018. The final submission date is 31 August 2018 but we will be pleased to welcome earlier submissions. The Executive Committee meeting, scheduled for July 15, 2018, will discuss the program and other organizational matters. We would like to have the report from Section Chairs at least a month and a half before the meeting. Do please consult the list of Sessions and get in touch with the appropriate Section Chair, who will be pleased to hear from you and to accept abstracts for consideration. The internet page is ready. There you'll find our call for papers for both the main Conference and the Medieval Symposium as well as the email addresses to the section chairs.

For more details of the eighteen sections see


We are planning a lively social program including concerts and excursions. Poznań is located in Western Poland, in the heartland of the Greater Poland Region, historically the “nest” of Poland, as the name of its first capital Gniezno (from ‘gniazdo’, ‘nest’) suggests. It is situated in the most economically developed region, where the New Europe is met by more than a thousand years of history. In 1919, the year when the University of Poznań was established, the citizens of Poland took up arms to gain independence from the Prussians. The Poznań uprising, the only successful one in Polish history, together with the on-going political negotiations between the occupying forces and Poles, aided in the creation of the Republic of Poland, after more than a hundred years of Partitions (between Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Contemporary cosmopolitan Poznań, to be sure, is proud of its history, of its connections with the West and the East. It is now the major transportation hub between Warsaw, eastern Poland and Germany. It is surrounded by places of historical interest. It offers many possibilities for sightseeing and relaxing in one of its numerous restaurants, cafés or bars. Today, Poznań is a place where the energy of the New Europe is merged with the memory of the past and Poznanians have a reputation for being resourceful, dependable and welcoming.


I. Wednesday:

  • The Millennium Trail (Medieval beginnings of Poland with the pre-historic archeological sites of Lednica, the cathedral in Gniezno and the open air Museum of Biskupin - featured in Ann Michaels' Fugitive Pieces).


  • Warsaw (literary Warsaw and Historical Warsaw) and Wilanów, the palace and Museum of by Jan III Sobieski.

II. Post - Conference tours (two or three days):

  • Northern Poland: Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot (Solidarity Trail) and Malbork (best preserved Teutonic Order Knights’ stronghold), Kwidzyn (Dorothea of Montau's cell).

  • Southern Poland: Kraków, Auschwitz (Oświecim), Wieliczka.

III. Tours for the delegates and the accompanying persons (during the conference):

  • Poznan: 3-4 hours.
  • Outside Poznań: the palaces of Kórnik and Rogalin.
  • Toruń (Copernicus and Teutonic Order Knights castle).


You will find on the conference website a description of accommodation in the city center area.


Second Call for Papers

The IAUPE 2019 Triennial Conference