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2021/2 Symposium of the JU Doctoral School in the Humanities

25.01 – 27.01, 2022, most of the symposium is going to be held online on MS Teams (except for keynote lecture on Jan 26th which is going to be held as hybrid)
General Chair: Dr hab. Anna Nacher, JU prof.
Keynote speakers: 

26.01: prof. Krešimir Purgar, associate professor of visual studies and image theory at the University of Osijek, Croatia. Most recently he edited The Palgrave Handbook of Image Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Author of Pictorial Appearing. Image Theory After Representation (Transcript Verlag, 2020).

27.01: prof. Ewa Domańska, professor of human sciences at the Adam Mickiewicz University, since 2000 cooperating with Stanford University. Her research interest: comparative theory of the humanities and social sciences, history and theory of historiography, ecological humanities, genocide and ecocide studies. One of her recent publications: “Posthumanist History”, in Debating New Approaches to History, ed. by Marek Tamm and Peter Burke. London, Oxford: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Call for Papers

The Annual Symposium of the JU Doctoral School in the Humanities is aimed at facilitating an interdisciplinary, inspirational, and lively exchange of ideas based on the research projects carried out by the students of the School. The meeting will provide space for critical reflections in all fields covered by our programmes, will serve as an exchange of experiences and opinions related to publishing strategies or expected path of academic careers, and will host two keynote lectures by renowned scholars).


This year we are warmly inviting submissions in three formats:

  1. 20-minute standard conference paper. Please send abstracts of 350 – 450 words, presenting the main research ideas based on your doctoral project (recommended but not limited to PhD students who have not had their midterm evaluation). Deadline for abstract submission: 7 December
  2. Interdisciplinary, 90-minute thematic panels/roundtables/workshops consisting of up to 5 participants, preferably recruiting from more than one programme. Roundtables and workshops can include topics of a broader concern, important for the academic community, e.g. publishing strategies for early career researchers, transformation of the universities in the contemporary world, policies shaping higher education in Europe and beyond, doctoral schools as a model of training, jobs in the academic sector etc. Please send abstracts of 500-700 words, outlining the title of the panel, a brief description of the subject and individual contributions of the panelists (recommended but not limited to PhD students who have passed their midterm evaluation). Deadline for abstract submission: 7 January.
  3. Two 10-minute commentary submissions delivered on the spot upon hearing the standard paper of choice. After the titles of the conference papers are announced, PhD students will be invited to submit a commentary on 2 papers they find particularly interesting. The commentary can touch on the subject matter of the study or on the important aspects of scholarly communication, such as: the structure of the paper delievered, the quality of its response to the  main research questions, the potential for furthering the discussion among both expert and non-expert audiences etc. It is also expected that the commentary will inspire further discussion among the audience attending the panel (submission recommended but not limited to PhD students who have passed their midterm evaluation). 

The title of the proposed commentary should be sent to: by 27 December

The students of the third edition, who have successfully passed their mid-term evaluation and have presented their papers at the previous edition of the symposium, are especially invited to submit either the second format (an interdisciplinary panel) or offer a commentary on standard papers.

All abstracts will qualify for an extended feedback providing suggestions on how to further develop your research ideas or methods of scholarly communication.

The symposium will be carried out in English.


General chair:

Anna Nacher, Associate Professor

Coordinator of Studies on Arts Programme


Organizing Committee:

Anna Borowy

Jolanta Bujas-Poniatowska

Fatma Edemen

Sebastian Hanek

Mateusz Kucab

Karolina Madeja

Tomasz Moździerz

Barbara Mazurek

Katarzyna Wojtowicz

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Please send abstract submissions to the Annual Symposium to:
We look forward to communication from participants.

In regard to some questions concerning participation in the 2021 Annual Symposium, we would like to clarify previous miscommunication:

  • Students of the third edition (the current first year of the programme) are required to ATTEND the symposium, but no ACTIVE PARTICIPATION (such as delivering a paper or participating in a panel/roundtable/ workshop) is necessary. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION is, however, more than welcome if you decide to get involved based on your own interests and/or invitation from others.
  • Students of the second edition (the current second year of the programme) are required to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE by delivering a paper. Active participation as a panelist or a roundtable participant is also welcome, but delivering a paper is obligatory nevertheless.
  • Students of the first edition (after a mid-term evaluation) are required to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE. Participating as either a panel/roundtable/workshop coordinator, or an active participant of a panel/roundtable/workshop, or a commentator of at least 2 conference papers of choice is strongly recommended, but delivering a conference paper is also a possibility if justified by the nature of your project.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience that the lack of clarity in the earlier version of CfP that you have received may have caused. When in doubt about any matters related to the symposium, please do not hesitate to get in touch prof. Anna Nacher ( (and please kindly allow a couple of days for reply).