20-24 June 2016


I. The Honorary Patronage and Dedication

We are very happy and honored to announce that the conference will be held under the Honorary Patronage of The European Parliament and its President Mr. Martin Schulz.

The conference will be dedicated to East European Monographs, the co-publisher of volumes I-XXII of the series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives, and Columbia University Press, the distributor of all the volumes of this series published so far (I-XXIV).

II. The booklet of abstracts and the program of the conference

The booklet of abstracts, edited by prof. dr hab. Wiesław Krajka, dr hab. Katarzyna Sokołowska and dr Wojciech Kozak, is ready: it is at the stage of 3rd proofreading and will be definitely printed for the conference by the University Press. We hope it will well guide the participants through the conference.

The program of the conference (compiled by the same team of organizers) is ready: it will be printed soon and will be definitely ready for the conference. When compiling the program we have tried to 1/ follow some participants’ wishes concerning the time of their paper presentations, and 2/ keep the papers in some thematic clusters. To achieve this task was next to impossible, but I think we have achieved it, also due to the participants’ understanding and acceptance of the proposed times of their paper presentations. We thank them for this.

III. The official opening of the conference

The official opening of the conference will take place on Monday June 20th in the morning at Jan Matejko’s painting “The Union of Lublin” (which has two connections with our author, Joseph Conrad) in the main hall of the Lublin Province Museum in Lublin Castle. (The information about the opening of the conference given in our circular III is no longer valid.)

Regretfully, the ceremony of awarding the honorary doctorate of our University to prof. dr hab. Jerzy Buzek, the former President of The European Parliament and the former Prime Minister of the Government of Poland and the Honorary Patron of our III and V International Conrad conferences (in 2001 and 2011 respectively), will not be a part of the ceremony of official opening of our conference. For some important reasons the ceremony of awarding this honorary doctorate was shifted by the University authorities to some later time. For Monday June 20th we also plan sightseeing and free time in Lublin.

Except for the official opening, the conference proceedings will be held in the new building of The School of Humanities (Nowa Humanistyka) of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (address: Pl. Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 4a, Lublin 20-031).

IV. The study tour

We are at the stage of fixing final organizational details concerning our sessions at State Ivan Franko University in Lviv and State Ivan Franko University in Zhytomyr, as well as our tour of Conrad’s footprints there. We can accommodate 2-3 more persons on this tour. If any conference participant or his/her spouse/relative/friend intends to join us now please send your declaration immediately. This is actually a last minute offer as on May 16th we will order hotel rooms and transportation for the tour.

Please make sure that each study tour participant has a visa (if necessary), a correct and updated passport, and an insurance (if necessary) – the organizing committee do not take responsibility for these documents.

Our study tour will include a visit to Conrad Museum in Terechova, at the former manor of Conrad’s maternal grandmother. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University has a patronage over this museum: it financed renovation of the mujseum building. It was phenomenal that in 1986, in poor Ukraine, within the perestoika in the former Soviet Union, local Ukrainian population set up this museum. The patronage and financial help of our University is a gesture of appreciation of this fact. I humbly suggest that each study tour participant brings in his/her luggage one book or exhibit to donate to this museum.

V. Communication and next circulars

Circular VI will be issued about 1-2 weeks before the conference. It will present the program of the conference and communicate some final organizational details.

The organizing committee thank all the conference participants for their co-operation. We look forward to holding this conference with you.

Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Krajka
The chairman of the organising committe

Lublin, 2016-05-10 

    Wiesław Krajka

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