Title: Hybrid Transtextualities: Adaptation and the Aesthetics and Politics of Form

Organizers:  Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak, English Literature and Comparative Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Wrocław, Poland,

Eva C. Karpinski, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University, Toronto, 

Jacqueline Petropoulos, English Studies, Glendon College, York University, Toronto, 

Date: 31 Aug.-4 Sept. 2020 (ESSE Conference, Lyon)


 escription: Inspired by Genette’s interest in transtextual relations that link the aesthetic form to its outside, this seminar focuses on adaptation, an instance of  hypertextuality, which involves grafting a later text (hypertext) upon an earlier text (hypotext). The range of hypertextual transformations performed in adaptation includes rewriting/retelling of one text by another in the same mode or genre, across genres (transmodalization), and across media (transmediality); transposition of a source-text into a new context (e.g., re-focalizing, politicizing, cultural appropriation, parody, pastiche, spoof, etc.); and expansion of the original text into prequels and sequels. While giving a new life to the old text, adaptations respond to the needs of their present moment, related to the currently resonant themes, ideologies, aesthetics, their marketability, and the possibilities of constructing new subject positions and new perspectives. Invited proposals can explore the hybridizing effects of adaptation, and especially the aesthetic, affective, and epistemic gains and losses that occur when a hypotext transitions into a differently mediated hypertext. We encourage submission of case studies of literary and transmedial adaptations that can expand the critical idiom of adaptation studies and broaden our understanding of recent theoretical shifts and emerging hybrid transtextualities in the context of global inequalities and new communication technologies.


Title: Controversial Dimensions of Children's Literature

Organizers: Centre for Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature, University of Wrocław

Date: 19-20.03.2020


Description: Literature for children offers an ongoing challenge for creators, publishers, readers (of whatever age), educators, and researchers. Its functioning is inseparably connected with the historically changing system of social expectations towards children and childhood. The instability of these postulates and concepts remains a source of numerous controversies. It is these polemics and inconsistencies that we wish to make the subject of our conference. Controversy seems to be the essence of literature for children, as reflected in its perception, for example, as a projection of the fantasies, fears, and desires of adults (Rose 1984), a form of child oppression and  colonization of childhood (Nodelman 1992), an element of the aetonormative world ruled by adults (Nikolajeva 2010), or as a part of the pedagogical project of childhood that attempts to control the future (Beauvais 2015). Simultaneously, the importance of children’s literature as a bridge between childhood and adulthood (Waller 2019, Wróblewski 2019) or as a platform for the development of symmetrical relations between child and adult (e.g. Gubar 2016, Joosen 2018, Chawar et al. 2018) is being increasingly emphasized. These and other postulates remain open and worthy of further reflection. The research on children’s literature itself also invites reflective interest: what are its premises, goals, and expectations? This conference aims to encourage joint identification and analysis of controversial decisions, practices, and attitudes concerning the cultural, social, and political significance of children’s literature, its place in the public, publishing, and academic spaces, as well as its involvement in the exploration of and dealing with contemporary problems. With what challenges of the modern world does it confront children and adults?

Title: Innovations in Foreign Language Teaching
Organizers Zakład Glottodydaktyki, Instytut Filologii Angielskiej, Uniwersytet Wrocławski oraz Studium Praktycznej Nauki Języków Obcych, Uniwersytet Wrocławski
Date: 24-25.02.2020
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