Students' Corner

Since 2015 the MCSU English Students’ Association (ESA) together with the Department of English and American Studies and the Department of Linguistics of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University have been organizing the annual doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students conference STUDENTS’ CORNER: LITERATURE – CULTURE & MEDIA –LINGUISTICS – DIDACTICS.




The 7th edition of the doctoral and graduate student conference STUDENTS’ CORNER 2022: LITERATURE – CULTURE & MEDIA –LINGUISTICS – DIDACTICS. was held online on April 26, 2022. The inspiring presentations were delivered by the participants from ELTE in Budapest, the University of Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Jan Kochanowski University in Sandomierz, The John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin and UMCS. This year's keynote lectures were delivered by Prof. Robert Westerfelhaus and Michelle Y. Hurtubise.



Robert Westerfelhaus is a Professor at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, where he has been teaching in the Department of Communication since 2002. In 2009-2010, Dr Westerfelhaus was a Fulbright Fellow at UMCS in Lublin, Poland. He is currently back at UMCS as a Fulbright Fellow and the Distinguished Chair of Humanities for the 2021-2022 academic year. Dr Westerfelhaus has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries about American popular culture as viewed through the dual lenses of rhetoric and semiology. 

Michelle Y. Hurtubise is a Visual Anthropology Ph.D. candidate at Temple University researching narrative sovereignty, diverse festival networks, and BIPOC artist support systems through the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the development of Kin Theory, a global Indigenous media makers database, and the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab. With an interdisciplinary background in arts and activism, she did human rights and media work in Rio de Janeiro as part of her Master’s thesis at New York University, and she received an MFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Michelle has worked with the Center for Artistic Activism, the Center for Media, Culture and History, and currently with the Nia Tero foundation.

Selected papers will be published in the 8th volume of an open access peer-reviewed journal New Horizons in English Studies (40 points on the Ministerial List).

Prof. Robert Westerfelhaus' Keynote Address "The Crisis of American Masculinity"

Michelle Y. Hurtubise's Keynote Address "The Power of Storytelling, Kin Theory and Today's Indigenous Media Makers"



In 2021 the 6th STUDENTS’ CORNER conference was held online on April 26. We welcomed the participants from the University of Warsaw, The Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, The University of Łódź and of course a strong representation of our own Maria Curie-Skłodowska University graduate and doctoral students. This year's inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor Rebecca Feasey, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communications at Bath Spa University. She has published a range of work on the representation of gender in popular media culture. She has published in journals such as Feminist Media Studies and the Journal of Gender Studies. She has written book length studies on masculinity and popular television (EUP 2008), motherhood on the small screen (Anthem 2012), maternal audiences (Peter Lang 2016) and infertility and non-traditional family building in the media (Palgrave Macmillan 2019).

If you would like to get some inspiration on how to plan your research journey, we'd like to invite you to watch the Keynote Lecture delivered by Professor Rebecca Feasey. This is a fascinating talk about the importance of studying representations of various social groups because "what matters is who we don't see." 

The selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings - the 7th volume of New Horizons in English Studies.

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