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. Registration and the opening day

Registration for the conference is made by the conference secretary (Agata Łukasiewicz, M.A.) and the study tour secretary (Dominika Spadło, M.A.) in two conference hotels – Mercure-Unia and Logos – on Sunday 19th June between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Those participants who do not manage to register there and then, or who join us later, may register through the following days with these two secretaries.

On Monday 20 June we meet at Mercure-Unia hotel at 8.20 a.m. and at Logos hotel at 8.25 a.m. Please be punctual: if you are late you are on your own for the day. By coach we go first to Karol Zagórski’s grave at the municipal cemetery. Afterwards we make sightseeing of a part of Lublin through the windows of our coach (including passing by the building in which Zagórski family lived) until we arrive at the Lublin castle. There we participate in the opening session of our conference which is scheduled for 10 a.m. (and make the third Conrad footprint in Lublin). After it (possibly around 11.15-11.30) we make a “family photo” and go in two groups to see the unique Holy Trinity Chapel which is a part of the castle complex.

Afterwards you are conducted by members of the organising committee through the old city of Lublin to its main square. There you are left to enjoy the afternoon and evening as you consider appropriate (individual sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, pubs, etc.).


III. Scholarly program and sessions

We enclose the program of the conference. Its hard copy will be included in the conference materials which each participant will receive on registration.

We remind that each paper presentation should not exceed 35 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. We request that each paper is preceded by a three sentences-long self-presentation by the speaker (to make chairing of sessions easier).

On Tuesday 21st June you meet the conference secretary and the study tour secretary at 8.45 a.m. in front of the Mercure-Unia and Logos hotels and are taken by them to the conference venue (a 8-10 minutes walk).

The sessions of our conference are held according to its program. They start at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. They are held in rooms number 9, 17 and 18 in the building of The School of Humanities of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. The conference secretariat (run by the conference secretary and the study tour secretary) will be in room 10. We hope to close the conference around 11.45-12.00 on Friday 24th June and to start our study tour at 1.30 p.m. on that day.


IV. Organization

On Tuesday 21st June, after the sessions, around 6.15-6.30 p.m. we get on a coach to be taken to University Botanical Garden and Mansion for an informal get-together. After this meeting (around 9 p.m.) we are taken by the coach to Mercure-Unia hotel and Logos hotel.

There will be a notice board close to the conference rooms. There we will put current advertisements, such as updated program of papers for the day (we plan to stick to the present program but there will be changes due to some colleagues’ withdrawals from participation). We would be grateful to conference participants for not forwarding to us requests concerning re-scheduling their papers as we tried hard to group them in some thematic clusters. Some papers have been sent to be read by the organising committee in the absence of their authors who cannot participate for various reasons.

If anyone is generous to contribute financially to cover some general costs of the conference and/or help cover costs of publication of future volumes of the series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives he/she is most welcome to do this through putting money into the appropriate box which will be held in the conference secretariat. Such financial contributions will be accepted with gratitude by the organising committee.

The conference secretaries will be also selling copies of volumes I-XXIV of the series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives, and the series Joseph Conrad a Polska, Europa Środkowo-Wschodnia i Świat (vols. I and II) at discount prices.

Apart from the series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives and Joseph Conrad a Polska, Europa Środkowo-Wschodnia i Świat the organising committee will be neither selling any books nor advertising any materials. A conference participant intending to sell some books or exhibit and advertise some materials is requested to make an appropriate announcement on the conference notice board and conduct this activity on his/her own. The conference organizers will neither participate in such actions nor take responsibility for them.

In the same building, close to the conference rooms, there is a cafeteria where conference participants might take a working lunch, drink tea/coffee, etc.; the menu for two lunch sets will be announced on the conference notice board each day.


IV. Advice and reminders

We advise you to exchange your money for Polish cash upon your arrival at the airport as not everywhere in Poland you can pay by credit cards and a currency exchange place may not be always at hand. During the study tour in Ukraine all payments are to be made in Ukrainian currency only (cash and cards).

Beware of pickpockets and thieves. During our former conferences three participants were robbed (two in trains and one in church) when they left the group and went on their own. Polish and Ukrainian pickpockets and thieves are as active and ingenious as those in other countries.

We remind the study tour participants to have in order their passports, visas (if necessary) and insurance (if necessary). Soon we will fix the study tour transportation fee (it will be around 200-230 PLN per person) and the study tour secretary will contact participants individually on this. We also presume that the room reservations in hotels in Lviv and Zhytomyr we made for the study tour participants are final. The organising committee do not have money to pay fines for rooms reserved and not used there. The outgoing sessions at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv and State Ivan Franko University in Zhytomyr are already organized (see the program); our “pilgrimage” in Conrad’s footprints there is also organized. To repeat, I would be grateful if each study tour participant donates a book or an exhibit to the Conrad Museum in Terechova.

The timetable of trains in Poland will be changed about a week before our conference. Trains from Warsaw Central railway station to Lublin leave approximately every second hour. Travel from Warsaw to Lublin by both train and coach (from F. Chopin airport) is fairly comfortable and takes about 2,5 hours.


V. Useful addresses

  • The School of Humanities (the conference venue: rooms 9, 10, 17 and 18) of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University: Pl. M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 4a, Lublin 20-031. Centre for Conrad Studies English Department is located in the same building on the 6th floor (rooms 532 and 533).
  • The Lublin Province Museum (the venue of the conference opening session): ul. Zamkowa 9; Lublin 20-117.
  • Mercure-Unia hotel: al. Racławickie 12, Lublin 20-037.
  • Logos hotel: ul. Akademicka 4, Lublin 20-033.

In case of emergency please call Wiesław Krajka at (81)537-2634 or (81)532-5788.


VI. Communication

This is the last circular before the conference. In urgent matters please communicate with me or my assistants by e-mail.

On behalf of the organizing committee I intend to thank all the conference participants for their co-operation on all matters concerning its organization. See you in Lublin soon and we are sure that we will have a good and enjoyable conference.


Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Krajka
Chairman of the organising committee

Lublin, 2016-06-02 


    Wiesław Krajka

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