ORGANIZERS

MalinowskaANIA MALINOWSKA is Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of Literary and Cultural Theory at Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia, Poland. Her research interests embrace critical theory, popular culture, material culture and love studies. She is particularly interested in the formation of social and cultural norms, cultural narratives, and the social-aesthetic codes of cultural production. Her first book Camp: The Study of Posing will be released in 2015. She is currently working on an edited collection entitled The Popular Life of Things. Material Culture(s) and Popular Processes. She has recently started a new research project, Postmodern Love Story that studies new patterns of cultivating affection in culture and artistic representation.             Contact info:anna.malinowska@us.edu.pl

lebekKAROLINA LEBEK is Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of Post-Colonial and Travel Literatures, University of Silesia, Poland. She specializes in early modern studies, especially the study of objects as well as material cultures, i. e. theorizing and representing things in cultural and literary practices. She is a co-editor of Inside-Out: Discourses of Interiority and Worldmaking Imagination, and is currently working on her book Stor(y)ing the Object: Representations of Curiosities and Self-fashioning in Early Modern England as well as an edited collection entitled The Popular Life of Things. Material Culture(s) and Popular Processes.
Contact info: karolina.lebek@us.edu.pl

gratzkeMICHAEL GRATZKE is Professor of German and Comparative Literature as well as Head of School. He previously held a post as Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His research focuses on representations of extreme experiences and states of mind such as in masochism, war, and love. He is the author of two monographs (Liebesschmerz und Textlust, 2000) and (Blut und Feuer, 2011). He has widely published on German literature from the 1750s to the present. Authors include Ewald von Kleist, Lessing, Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Eichendorff, Sacher-Masoch, Ernst Jünger, Bert Brecht, Heiner Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Christoph Geiser and Wolfgang Herrndorf. He is currently working on a third book addressing representations of love in 21st century literature written in German, English and Finnish. This project links in with the international, multidisciplinary Love Research Network which he has founded in 2011. He is also German Subject Editor of Forum for Modern Language Studies (Oxford University Press) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Popular Romance Studies which is published online.
Contact info: M.Gratzke@hull.ac.uk

LRNLOVE RESEARCH NETWORK
LRN is an international consortium of researchers from a variety of disciplines including literary and film studies, philosophy, anthropology, management, sociology, political science, and geography. Some of the group members are based in the UK, many others in other European countries, Israel and North America. In its collaborative and comparative research, the network looks at experiences and representations of love with no limit to the scope regarding the types of love studied such as parental love, romantic love, love-thy-neighbour, patriotism etc. For more information about the network’s participants, events and projects, visit its website: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~loveresearch/

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