Organising Committee

Prof. Elżbieta Wichrowska (University of Warsaw)

wich2Full professor of literary studies, who works at the Institute of Applied Polish Studies (IPS), Faculty of Polish Studies of the University of Warsaw. She writes books devoted especially to the Polish Enlightenment and the Great Emigration i.a. Kantorbery Tymowski: Poezje zebrane. Biblioteka Pisarzy Polskiego Oświecenia (2006), Hipolit Klimaszewski. Nieznana karta z dziejów wielkiej emigracji (2012), Twoja śmierć Początki dziennika intymnego w Polsce na przełomie XVIII i XIX wieku. Antoni Ostrowski „Życie najlepszej żony opisane przez czułego jej małżonka dla kochanych dzieci” oraz „Dziennik moich uczuciów, czyli elegia serca” (2012), Inna literatura: Na Pragę nie wrócę (2014).


Adam Bednarczyk, PhD  (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

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MA in Oriental philology, specialization Japanology at the Jagiellonian University, Institute of Oriental Philology, Department of Japanology and Sinology (2006); PhD in the Humanities (Japanese language and culture) from Osaka University, Japan (2010). From 2010 Assistant Professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Department of Japanese Studies, and senior lecturer at the Department of Japanese Studies, Chair of Oriental Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in 2011–2014. He specializes in medieval Japanese prose, influences of Chinese literature and culture on medieval Japanese literature, text-image interrelations in pre-modern Japanese culture, and traditional ludic culture in Japan. Member of Polish Oriental Society and Polish Association for Japanese Studies. Main publications: Kinsei no eawase, Toruń 2013; co-edition: Verba et imagines Iaponiae, Toruń 2014; seria „Orient in literature – Literature in Orient”.


Magdalena Kubarek, PhD  (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

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doctor of human sciences, specializing in Arab philology, literary translator, Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic Language and Culture of Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun and lector in School of Eastern Languages of Warsaw University, board member of Polish Orient Society and member Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants. She is a researcher in the field of contemporary Arabic literature and intercultural interferences. Major works: M. Kubarek, Miraże i oazy. Su’ad as-Sabah i inne poetki kuwejckie (Mirages and Oasis, Suad as-Sabah and other Women Poets of Kuwait), Elipsa, Warszawa 2006. (Bilingual anthology), W kręgu kultury islamu. Materiały dydaktyczne dla nauczycieli szkół ponadpodstawowych (In the Word of Islam. Didactic materials for teachers of secondary schools), Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska, Magdalena Kubarek, Polski Komitet ds. UNESCO, ARABIA.pl, Warszawa 2007, Motyw śmierci w twórczości współczesnych poetek arabskich (The Death Motif in the Works of Contemporary Arab Women Poets), Ibidem, Łódź 2009. Translatios: Abd ar-Rahman Munif, Miasta soli (Cities of Salt), Smak Słowa, Sopot 2010 and Khalil Gibran, Połamane skrzydła (The Broken Wings), Barbelo, Warszawa 2012.


Agata Wdowik, PhD  (University of Warsaw)

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adjunct in the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. Ph.D. 2012: thesis on The Strategies of the Enlightenment Idea’s Actualizations in the Polish Social and Literary Journals in period 1944–2000 (Warsaw 2016). Member of The International Society for 18th Century Studies and The Walloon Society for 18th Century Studies. Research fields: 1) history of the transfer and exchange of the Enlightenment’s ideas across Europe, health resorts’ visitors and cultural meaning of watering places seen as international saloons, travel writing, water poets’ emotion in the Age of Reason; 2) the usage of Enlightenment’s tradition in the communist propaganda and its impact on contemporary understanding of the 18th century culture, 3) editorship of the Enlightenment’s manuscripts (search queries: National Polish Library, National Archives in Przemyśl and Wrocław, British Library, Amsterdam University Library, Bath Central Library, University of Virginia USA). More information here.


Adriana Brenda-Mańkowska, M.A.   (University of Warsaw)

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graduate of The Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, PhD candidate at  Institute of applied Polish Studies since 2013.
Scientific interests: paradocumentary  and epistolary forms  in culture and literature, fantasy  and horror at pop-culture, interactions of  media and art, advertisement and Public Relations at social media. Member of the XX Century Literature Club and vice-chairman of J. Słobodzian’s Film Club.


Maja Garlińska, M.A.  (University of Warsaw)

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PhD candiadate in Institute of Applied Polish Studies on the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw. Under the supervision of professor Elżbieta Wichrowska she wrote her MA thesis on The great Miss’s awakening. A life-story and creations of Zofia Klimańska – forgotten 19th century Polish writer. It is the first such comprehensive monography of this writer, unveiling interesting strands of her life. Her scientific interest focus on unstereotypical presence of woman living in 19th century. What interests her are writers such as: Zofia Klimańska, Narcyza Żmichowska, Ludwika Śniadecka and other ladies which experienced kind of breakhrough and changed their lifes. Shreds of theirs biographies recorded in diaries and other documents from epoch, as well as the use of the language in theirs books and articles become the starting point to Garlińska’s research.


Edyta Pętkowska, M.A.  (University of Warsaw)

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Graduate of Institute of History, University of Warsaw. PhD candidate at Institute of Applied Polish Studies at University of Warsaw since 2013. Member of Research Team of the Social History of Poland in the 19th and 20th Centuries, University of Warsaw. An author of book Biografia intelektualna Józefa Wybickiego w latach 1794–1806 [The intellectual biography of Joseph Wybicki 1794–1806] (Warsaw 2016). Scientific intrests: relationes and connections between culture, literature and politics at the turn of 18th and 19th centuries, especially in the context of egodocument.


Maciej Szatkowski, PhD  (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

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graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University (M.A. in Sinology), head of Center for Chinese Language and Culture at Nicolaus Copernicus University. In 2016, he received PhD in the Humanities with the dissertation on Meng Jinghui’s works at Warsaw University. Lecturer and translator of Chinese. Member of Polish Orient Society and Polish Society of Theater Studies. Major research fields: postmodern drama, contemporary Chinese literature and culture.

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