The Institute of Modern Languages is pleased to invite scholars from Poland and abroad to the
Crossroads II Conference: City/Non-City that will be held on 29-30 November 2018 at the University of Białystok. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and sharing the findings of research related to the city—as a place and space—which is the scene of everyday life, the silent witness of alienation and tragedy, the goal of many physical and spiritual journeys, and the object of fantastic speculation.
We encourage broadly-contextualised contributions discussing these problems in both literature and culture against historical, social, philosophical, psychological, artistic and other backgrounds. We are interested in bringing together researchers involved in such diverse disciplines as the history of Anglophone literatures, cultural, feminist, gender, and postcolonial studies.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • the city and questions of identity
  • the city and the problem of alienation
  • the city and the experience of nostalgia
  • the city and art
  • the city as a place and/or space
  • the city versus the wilderness
  • the city and non-city
  • problems of the Global City
  • problems of the megacities
  • the city as a living organism
  • garden cities and towns in literature
  • urban legends
  • urban fantasy fiction
  • the city and the uncanny
  • legendary and imaginary cities in Anglophone literature
  • fantastic, unreal and labirynthine cities
  • literary (fictionalized) representations of cities in Anglophone literature
  • strategies of coping with ‘overwritten’ cities such as Venice, Paris, Rome, London, New York
  • the city and travel writing
  • post-apocalyptic cities
  • science fiction and cities of the future
  • utopian and dystopian cities / cities and towns in dystopian and utopian fiction and non-fiction

We invite proposals for 20-minute talks with additional 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts of proposed papers (200-300 words) must contain the title, name of the author and contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address). All abstracts accompanied by a short biographical note should be sent to by June 15, 2018. The participants will receive notification of acceptance by June 30, 2018.

The conference will be held in English. Selected papers will be published in a reviewed collection of essays and/or in a peer-reviewed journal ( Crossroads)

Key-note speakers

We are proud to announce that our keynote speaker is going to be
  • dr hab. Paulina Ambroży, prof. UAM

Conference fee

  • Conference fee: PLN 400 / EUR 100
  • Doctoral students PLN 300/ EUR 75



Travel and accommodation

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      • Traveling to and around Białystok
      • You can get to Białystok:
      • by plane:
      • to Warsaw Chopin Airport and then by bus or train (2.5 up to 3.5 hours)
      • to Warsaw Modlin Airport and then by bus (up to 3.5 hours)
      • by train:
      • PKP offers connections to Białystok from all major Polish cities but in the case of some connections you need to change trains in Warsaw; train timetables may be checked and tickets purchased online at
      • PKP Intercity
      • by bus:
      • Polski Bus offers connections to Białystok from all major Polish cities and Warsaw airports; other bus shuttle companies that provide a wide range of connections are PlusBus and Żak Express
      • How to get around Białystok
      • Bus tickets can be bought either in kiosks or onboard, prices are 2.80 zl for an adult and 1.40 zl for a student with a valid ID. There are also 24-hour tickets available at the prices of 10 zl for an adult and 5 zl for a student. The tickets might be slightly more expensive onboard the bus and the bus driver may not have change.
      • For the details of your bus connections within the city you can use a city bus planner
      • We recommend the following taxi corporations:
      • Jaga Taxi: (0048) 85 711 11 11
      • Komfort Taxi: (0048) 85 744 44 44
      • Cooltura Taxi : (0048) 85 746 46 46
      • Those who would like to explore Białystok on their own may wish to visit the municipal website Wschodzący Białystok, which provides detailed information on places worth visiting and practical details for your stay in our city.
      • Accommodation
      • All those wishing to take part in the conference are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Below we offer a list of links providing information about hotels and hostels situated in or near the city centre.
      • High standard:
      • Gościnna Kamienica
      • Hotel Aristo
      • Hotel Cristal
      • Hotel Esperanto
      • Hotel Branicki
      • Economy standard:
      • Centrum Kultury Prawosławnej
      • Centrum Konferencyjno-Bankietowe Titanic
      • Hotel BOSiR
      • Hotel Pod Herbem
      • Willa Pastel