Humanities Fast Forward Colloquium Series

Current Research in the Humanities Colloquium Series ©Humanities Fast Forward (HumFF) was launched in April 2016 with two lectures by Prof. Nils-Lennart Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden). The colloquium is designed to provide a platform for an exchange of ideas relevant to contemporary inquiry into matters human. Despite the official name of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Humanities, UMCS (Lublin, Poland) that hosts the colloquium as an extension of its curriculum, the topics are not limited to literature and linguistics but embrace the rich and varied domains of cultural studies, media studies, social and political issues, and all other avenues and alleys of present-day human sciences.

The record of past events follows below in reverse chronological order. More details, posters, and pictures are available for downloading at the end of the list.

November 28, 2018

Prof. John Scheckter (Long Island University at Post, USA)

Desire Paths, Border Walls, and What Gertrude Stein Said about Oakland. Indigeneous Belonging in Current American and Australian Fiction












June 12, 2018

Prof. Charles Forceville (Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Relevance Theory as a Model for Mass-Communicative Visuals and Multimodal Discourse

May 16, 2018

Prof. Merritt Moseley (University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC, USA)

Donald Trump and the American Literary Tradition

Jan 10, 2018

Brittany Roberts & Sean Matharoo (doctoral students at the University of California, Riverside)

Brittany and Sean are pictured here with Professor Paweł Frelik (guess which one it is) [click image to enlarge]







June 20, 2017

Dr Verita Sriratana (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

On or about 1910 (and 1924). Politics, Modernity and Technology in the Works of Virginia Woolf & Karel Čapek

April 25, 2017

Prof. Stephen D. Dougherty (University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway)

Liu Cixin, Arthur C. Clarke, and "Repositioning"

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link to picture gallery (opens in a new window)

November 29, 2016

Maruszka Meinard (Paris 13, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, France) (

Containers and Imprints: Interjections as langue/parole mediators

May 18, 2016

Prof. John Rieder (University of Hawai'i, Manoa)

The Mass Cultural Genre System

April 6, 2016

Prof. Nils-Lennart Johannesson (Stockholm University)

The Orrmulum


Orrmulum Syntax: With Old English or Old Norse Roots?