Crossroads I: Remembering/Forgetting

The Institute of Modern Languages is pleased to invite scholars from Poland and abroad to the Crossroads I Conference: Remembering/Forgetting that will be held on 01-02 December 2016 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 broadly understood theme of memory, seen as the interplay between past and present, the crossroads between remembering and forgetting, the reconstruction of individual and collective memories that might be subject to the processes of alteration, re-evaluation, invention, fabrication, manipulation, negation, etc.

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, postcolonial, and cyberculture studies.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • memory as “a traveling concept”
  • memory and inscription
  • the memory turn
  • memory and acts of remembrance
  • commemorative ceremonies and their representation
  • collective, cultural and individual memory
  • counter-memory and post-memory
  • life writing and its genres
  • autobiography and memoir
  • gendered memory
  • Pierre Nora’s lieux de mémoire or memory sites: the interplay of memory and history
  • place memory and topophilia
  • ways of reconstructing the historical past
  • traumatic memory
  • childhood memories
  • trauma, melancholy and mourning
  • literature as a medium of cultural memory
  • feminist approaches to memory
  • His-story and Her-story in the archives of remembrance
  • memory in the age of the Internet

Key-note speakers

  • prof. Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich
  • prof. Zbigniew Białas

Conference fee

  • PLN 400 / EUR 100



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