Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

RANZ Conference

2nd Biennial International Conference on Redefining Australia and New Zealand:  Changes, Innovations, Reversals: Warsaw, 16-17 September 2019

 

This conference will be taking place at the Faculty of Modern Languages building, University of Warsaw

The purpose of our conference is to consolidate research groups in the field of Australian and New Zealand Studies, and to promote the culture of Australia and New Zealand in Europe. For our Warsaw conference, which will be followed by a publication, we aim to bring together scholars representing a variety of disciplines including history, political science, law, sociology, literary studies, film studies, linguistics in order to achieve a truly interdisciplinary perspective on Australia and New Zealand past and present; we would also be interested in hosting authors and artists who could offer us unique insights into the cultures of the Australasian region.

We invite papers on topics connected with, but not limited to, the exploration of Australian and New Zealand identities in a wide range of cultural texts, such as film, theatre, architecture, visual arts and media, including the social media and advertising. Based on notions of heterotopia and thirdspace, the proposals may address issues related to spaces of representation as “the terrain for the generation of ‘counterspaces,’ spaces of resistance to the dominant order arising precisely from their subordinate, peripheral or marginalized positioning” (Soja 1996, 68). Hence, the proposed papers may discuss power relations that affect both the construction and the representation of gender, ethnic and class identities in a variety of contexts. Referring to Benedict Anderson’s notion of “imagined communities,” the proposals may also explore the importance of history and geography in the process of creating Australian and New Zealand identities.

The scope of themes may address (but is not limited to):

History (Innovative Perspectives on Australia’s and New Zealand’s Past)

The ANZAC ‘Myth’ (De-Re-Constructions of Australia’s and New Zealand’s Participation in the Great War, the Second World War, and Post-1945 Military Conflicts)

Race and the Nation (Indigenous Peoples in Colonial versus Post-Colonial Perspectives on Australia and New Zealand in Past and Contemporary Cultures)

Multiculturalism (Inclusion versus “Otherness” in Australia and New Zealand of the ‘Here and Now’)

Gender (‘Feminising’ the Past and Present of Australia and New Zealand; the Politics of  Constructing National ‘Masculinities’; the Female versus the Male Body)

Environment (The Ideology of Landscape: Australia and New Zealand from Ecocritical Perspectives)

Linguistics (The Epistemology and Ideology of Language – Dialect/Discourse in the Australian and New Zealand National Contexts)

Culture (Popularizing/Re-Thinking Australia and New Zealand in Literature, Film, Internet – Genres, Forms, Medias)

Critical Theory (The Influence of Contemporary Thinking on Our Understanding of Australia’s and New Zealand’s Past and Present)

Contemporary Politics and Geopolitical Challenges (Australia’s and New Zealand’s Present and Future)

 

Keynote Speakers: 

Prof. Dr. Ian Conrich, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. Beate Neumeier, University of Cologne, Germany

 

Publication:

Selected texts by conference contributors will be published 2020.

 

Submissions:

The language of the conference is English. Accepted conference participants will be given twenty minutes for their presentation, with an additional ten minutes for discussion. We ask for proposals up to 300 words. We would also ask for a biographical note, no longer than a 100 words, including your professional affiliation, title, publications.

 

Contact:

All submissions should be sent to Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Anna Wojtyś (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

Deadline for proposals:

1 March 2019

Confirmation of accepted participants will be sent by 15 March 2019

 

Conference fees:

Early Bird Registration 15 April – 15 May 2019: PLN450 or €115

Ph.D. Students: PLN 350 or €75

Regular Registration Fee 16 May – 15 June 2019   PLN 500 €125

Ph.D. students: PLN 400 or €100

The full fee includes the cost of all tea/coffee breaks, lunch, and conference materials. The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs.

 

Registration

Before making a Conference fee payment please register using this link. Then make your payment using the data below.

 

How to pay your Conference fee:

Please pay your fee by bank transfer.

Account number for bank payments made within Poland: 15 1160 2202 0000 0000 6232 5750
Account number for international bank payments: Bank Millennium SA PL 64 1160 2202 0000 0000 6084 9207 SWIFT: BIGBPLPWXXX

Please identify your payment as RANZ 2019, YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME

 

Where to stay in Warsaw

Warsaw is a European capital with a modern hotel base and accommodation options for every budget. We've selected some recommendations ranging from fabulous to functional (see bottom of this page) but you can easily find others on websites like Booking.com or Airbnb.com.  

 

Conference Organizers (Institute of English Studies):

Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż

Anna Wojtyś

Przemysław Uściński

Katarzyna Kociołek

Piotr Szymczak

Anna Orzechowska

Maria Piątkowska

Andrzej Księżopolski


 

 

We are happy to announce that the RANZ conference has been endorsed

by Her Excellency the Ambassador of New Zealand to Poland, Ms. Mary Thurston.

Embassy logo - black

 


 

Some accommodation options not far from the conference venue at Dobra 55:

SOFITEL WARSAW VICTORIA
Located in the centre of Poland's capital, this 5-star hotel is ringed by historical and cultural attractions. The hotel has 366 comfortable and elegant rooms across five floors, including 76 Luxury rooms and 33 suites. Rooms feature an LCD TV, luxury MyBed bedding and free high-speed WiFi.
Address:
Królewska 11 
00-065 WARSAW 
POLAND
Contact
• Phone: (+48)22/6578011
• Fax: (+48)22/6578057
• E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Accessible by public transport
• Airport: 
Lotnisko Okęcie (9.0 km) 
• Bus: 
UNIWERSYTET (0.4 km) 
• Bus: 
ZACHETA (0.3 km) 
• Railway Station/ Station: 
WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (2.0 km) 
Transport by public transport to the conference venue:
By bus no. 105, from Zachęta 01 to Biblioteka Uniwersytecka 02 (about 11 minutes)

RAFFLES EUROPEJSKI WARSAW
Poland’s best known and most prestigious hotel is a historical landmark dating back to the 19th century. It is conveniently located at Krakowskie Przedmieście street en route to the UNESCO-listed Old Town. The hotel’s neighbouring attractions include Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Polish National Opera (Teatr Wielki), Tomb of the Uknown Soldier, Piłsudski’s Square, and Metropolitan Business Centre, designed by Norman Foster. 
Address
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 13
00-071 Warszawa
Contact
+48 22 255 95 00
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Accessible by public transport from Warsaw Chopin Airport
Bus 175 (direct)
Buses 188 and 116 (one change)
Buses 188 and 128 (one change)

Transport by public transport to the conference venue: Bus 105

HOTEL HARENDA
A 2-star hotel, which offers comfortable budget accommodation in the most beautiful area of Warsaw, is located at the Royal Route leading to the UNESCO listed Old Town. It is also situated in the immediate vicinity of such major attractions as the historical buildings of the University of Warsaw, the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, and the Polish Theatre in Warsaw (Teatr Polski).
Address
Krakowskie Przedmieście 4, 00-333 Warsaw
Contact
+ 48 601 264 510
http://hotel-harenda.hotel-warsaw.net/pl/#contact (via on-line contact form)
Accessible by public transport from Warsaw Chopin Airport
Bus 175 (direct)
Buses 188 and E2 (one change)
Transport by public transport to the conference venue: Bus 105

WARSAW RIVER VIEW
Warsaw River View is conveniently located in the Warsaw’s district of Śródmieście, 400 metres from the Copernicus Science Centre, about 700 metres from the University of Warsaw Library and 1.4 km from Nowy Świat. Each room has a desk, bathroom with a shower and flat screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms are overlooking the Vistula River. Free WiFi access.
Address
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 43
00-347 WARSAW
POLAND
Contact
• Phone: +48 222 700 900
• E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Accessible by public transport
• Airport: 
Lotnisko Okęcie (13.6 km) 
• Bus: 
BIBLIOTEKA UNIWERSYTECKA (0.6 km) 
• Metro: 
METRO CENTRUM NAUKI KOPERNIKA (0.1 km) 
• Railway Station/ Station: 
WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (3.0 km) 
The hotel is located within walking distance of the conference venue (about 7-8 minutes).

DREAM HOSTEL
This venue comprises of 43 soundproof rooms. Fitted with free WiFi, central heating and a personal computer, the rooms also feature beds with lockers, orthopedic mattresses and feather pillows. Rooms are fitted with double beds, single beds and bunk beds. Guests can find shared bathrooms. Frederic Chopin airport is 15 minutes' drive from the hostel. Dream Hostel Warsaw provides guests with 24 hour front desk assistance, laundry and ironing service.
Address
Krakowskie Przedmieście 55
00-071 WARSAW
POLAND
Contact
• Phone: +48 22 419 48 48
• website: http://dream-hostel-warsaw.hotel-warsaw.net/en/
Accessible by public transport
• Airport: 
Lotnisko Okęcie (9.4 km) 
• BUS: 
Plac Zamkowy 02 (49 m)
• Metro: 
METRO Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet (1,0 km) 
• Railway Station/ Station: 
Warszawa Powiśle Railway Station (1.3 km) 
The hotel is located within walking distance of the conference venue (about 12 minutes).


SLEEP WELL HOSTEL - ORDYNACKA 14
In classical building from 50's, near cosy Ordynacka street which leads straight to Frederic Chopin's Museum. A few steps from Nowy Świat street which is the part of Warsaw Royal Route and also most popular and lively street in Warsaw with many restaurants and cafes.
Address
Ordynacka 14
00-358 WARSAW
POLAND
Contact
• Phone: +48 600 300 749, +48 600 106 724
• email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• website: http://www.sleepwell-warsaw.pl/index.php/ordynacka/index#6

Accessible by public transport
• Airport: 
Lotnisko Okęcie (12.6 km) 
• BUS: 
Ordynacka 01 (45 m)
• Metro: 
METRO Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet (360 m) 
• Railway Station/ Station: 
Warszawa Powiśle Railway Station (1.1 km) 
More info: http://www.sleepwell-warsaw.pl/index.php/ordynacka/jakdojechac
The hotel is located within walking distance of the conference venue (about 14 minutes).


SLEEP WELL HOSTEL - NOWY ŚWIAT 62
Outstanding apartments located in a renovated at 62 Nowy Świat street, which is the part of Warsaw Royal Route and also most popular and lively street in Warsaw with many restaurants and cafes
Address:
Nowy Świat 62 
00-357 WARSAW 
POLAND
Contact
• Phone: +48 600 300 749, +48 600 106 724
• email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• website: http://www.sleepwell-warsaw.pl/index.php/nowyswiat/index?lang=en-US
Accessible by public transport
• Airport: 
Lotnisko Okęcie (10.0 km) 
• BUS: 
Ordynacka 02 (59 m)
• Metro: 
METRO Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet (150 m) 
• Railway Station/ Station: 
Warszawa Powiśle Railway Station (1.2 km) 
More info: http://www.sleepwell-warsaw.pl/index.php/nowyswiat/jakdojechac
The hotel is located within walking distance of the conference venue (about 12 minutes).

RANZ 2019 Speaker: Beate Neumeier

Beate Neumeier is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Cologne. 

 

Beate Neumeier Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She is the co-director of the Centre for Australian Studies CAS at the University of Cologne (2016-) and co-coordinator of a network of German universities developing an interdisciplinary online teaching platform in Australian Studies (2015-). She is also president of the German Association of Australian Studies (GASt). Her research interests are gender studies, postcolonial and diaspora studies, anglophone drama and performance studies. She is also the editor of the e-journal genderforum and GenderInn, a gender studies data base.

Publications include Gothic Renaissance (with Elisabeth Bronfen, Manchester UP 2013), Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia (with Kay Schaffer, Rodopi 2014), Nature and Environment in Australia (with Boris Braun and Victoria Herche, wvt Trier 2018), and Ecocritical Concerns and the Australian Continent (with Helen Tiffin, Rowman & Littlefield 2019). Current research projects focus on indigenous performances of ecological concerns in Australia, as well as on Kim Scott and Alexis Wright in the context of world literatures.

 

RANZ 2019 Speaker: Ian Conrich

Ian Conrich is a Professorial Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Previously he was an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia, Professor of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Derby, and the founding Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London.

Ian Conrich Photo

He was the 2005 MacGeorge Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne, and 2005-6 was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford, in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Chair of the New Zealand Studies Association since 1997, and member of the Executive for the Pacific History Association, he is Principal Editor of the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, and a board member of Notes of the Anthropological Society Vienna, and Studies in Australasian Cinema. He has been a Guest Editor of the Harvard ReviewPost ScriptAsian Cinema, and Studies in Travel Writing. The author of Studies in New Zealand Cinema (2009), Easter Island, Myths, and Popular Culture (2011), and co-author of Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature: The Body in Parts (2017), and The Cinema of Sri Lanka: South Asian Film in Texts and Contexts (2018).

He is an author, editor or co-editor of a further thirteen books, including New Zealand Filmmakers (2007), Contemporary New Zealand Cinema (2008), The Cinema of New Zealand (in Polish, 2009), and Rapa Nui - Easter Island: Cultural and Historical Perspectives (2016). He has contributed to more than 50 books and journals, and his work has been translated into French, German, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, and Hebrew.