The Conference


Call for Papers and Contributions to

Witkacy: 21st Century Perspectives

A Conference Commemorating the Life and Work of:

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939)

Dates: Thursday and Friday April 29th and 30th, 2010

Location: The Kosciuszko Foundation Washington Office

This three-day conference commemorates the life and works of the prolific Polish avant-garde writer and artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy). His impressive contributions to drama, literature, painting, portraiture, photography, and philosophy reflected a unique world view that often intimately combined artistic form with socio-political content. During the course of the year of the 125th anniversary of Witkacy’s birth we aim to reassess his work, to demonstrate his continuing relevance in the 21st Century, and to build on the growing and diverse studies devoted to the artist in Poland and in the U.S.A.

With this in mind, the selection committee will consider all submissions, but will favor those devoted to studies that focus on the interplay of the individual versus society in Witkacy’s work across the genres.

We are pleased to announce that one of the keynote speakers will be Prof. Daniel Gerould, the Distinguished Professor at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Furthermore, we will also be honored by the presence of Dr. Marta Skwara, of Szczecin University in a keynote capacity.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words in a Microsoft Word Document to Mark Rudnicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 1st, 2010.




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