Literary experts and critics across Europe convene in Gdańsk to examine the work of Czesław Miłosz through the the vast geographical and geopolitical implications of the poet's poetry and prose. The conference is part of the year-long centennial celebrations of the poet's birth. In examining the biography and travels of Czesław Miłosz and his approach to concepts of North Vs. South, East Vs. West, the conference aims to define the impact of a the poet's complex existence on his work...
Literary experts and critics across Europe convene in Gdańsk to examine the work of Czesław Miłosz from new perspectives, taking into consideration geographical and geopolitical aspects of the poet's poetry and prose
The conference is part of the year-long centennial celebrations of the poet's birth. In examining the biography and travels of Czesław Miłosz
and his approach to concepts of North Vs. South, East Vs. West, participants attempt to define the impact of a such a complex existence on the poet's work.
For the author of such works as The Witness of Poetry, The Captive Mind and Visions from San Francisco Bay and such concepts as the "Human Family of Europe", the geopolitical workings of the world were a profound subject. His own life provided an immediate source for the consideration of such issues as war, exile, the "native realm" and the "poetics of the moment". Questions remain as to how Miłosz reconciled such divergent - and sometimes even conflicting - environments as a ravaged post-war Europe and the relative peace of America. The small-town life of youth and a cosmopolitan existence as a prolific poet in the big city. The conference attempts to answer these questions and paint a portrait of the writer's pan-geographic imagination. It also explores the nature of the relationship Miłosz had with his fellow Lithuanians and, most interestingly, his relationship with the poet Oscar Miłosz, a distant relative.
Taking Gdańsk as the point-of-reference, its significance within the Solidarity movement and its proximity to the northern reaches of Europe, aspects of freedom and the history of Poland's battle for freedom is also a main focus of the event. The northern Polish city of Sopot is also the site of his mother's grave, who was resettled in the area following the war. She died of Typhus after catching it from the German woman she was nursing. This loss is another aspect of the conference's research.
The event is hosted by the University of Gdańsk and the Baltic Cultural Centre between March 21-22, 2011. Participants include literary experts, critics and Miłosz scholars from all over Europe, including Aleksander Fiut, Chrisopher Zajas, Steve Bennett , Elizabeth Rybicka and Jerome Chojnacki. The conference programme has been curated by Professor Margaret Czerminska, PhD, Gdańsk University.
Monday, March 21SESSION I: I VILNIUS LITHUANIA
Hall of the Faculty Council (1.48) at the Faculty of Philology
University of Gdansk
9:30 Opening ceremony - led by Dean Bernard Lammek, PhD
Chaired by: Alexander Fiut
9:40 Tomas Venclova , Inaugural
10:00 Tadeusz Bujnicki , Provincial Vilnius
10:20 Steve Bennett, Three Lines - Three Cities: Vilnius, Paris, Berkeley
10:40 Rybicka Elizabeth , Homo Geographicus
Chaired by: Rolf Fieguth
12:00 Christopher Zajas , Miłosz and paganism
12:20 Marek Tomaszewski , The space of nature and the temptations of the pagan - a few comments about "The Issa Valley"
12:40 Hans Christian Trepte , Is there a Lithuanian literature in Polish? Perils of Czeslaw Miłosz
13:00 Joseph Olejniczak , Topography. Lithuania
SESSION II: PROVINCES IN NORTH-EAST
Baltic Sea Culture Centre - Old Town Hall in Gdansk
Chaired by: Marek Tomaszewski
15:30 Mańkowski , Czeslaw Miłosz, the aesthetics of locality
15:50 Svetlana Musijenko , "Little Homeland" in the artistic consciousness of Adam Mickiewicz and Czeslaw Miłosz
16:10 Anna Janicka , Czeslaw Miłosz and the writers of the Lithuanian-Belarusian border: Maria Rodziewiczówna, Joseph Weyssenhoff, Vladimir Korsak
17:00 opening of the exhibition "Czeslaw Miłosz. Returns " in the gallery Baltic Cultural Centre
Led by: Svetlana Musijenko
17: 30 Eugene Pankow, Wandering through time in the novel The Issa Valley
17:50 Jaroslaw Ławski, "Chronicles," by Czeslaw Miłosz - Poetry of the North?
18:10 Gosk Hanna, Letters exchanged in the northern hemisphere
Miłosz in correspondence with B. Czaykowski about people and national issues
18:30 Michael Klosinski, "Pan Tadeusz" read by Miłosz
18:50 Andrzej Franaszek, Miłosz in Italy, or "Barbarian in the Garden"
Tuesday, March 22
Baltic Sea Culture Centre - Old Town Hall in Gdansk
SESSION III: TOWARDS RUSSIA
Chaired by: Tadeusz Bujnicki
8:30 Mikiciuk Elizabeth, Miłosz against Russia
8:50 Tadeusz Sucharski, Miłosz and Dostoevsky's "heresies"
9:10 Monika Wojciak, "Fighting for breath." Notes about Russian poets - Boris Pasternak, Osipie Mandelsztamie, Yosif Brodsky
SESSION IV: TOWARDS AMERICA
Chaired by: Hans Christian Trepte
10:30 Renata Gorczynska, Czeslaw Miłosz - America diplomacy and America Immigration
10:50 Beata Tarn, A Challenge to nature. Image of the American metropolis in the works of Czeslaw Miłosz
11:10 Ewa Kolodziejczyk , American source of "Family Europe"
SESSION V: TWO Miłosz - OSCAR AND CZESŁAW
led by: Steve Bennett
12:00 Fieguth Rolf, Oscar, and Czeslaw Miłosz - Two dissidents of Modernity
12:20 Aleksander Fiut, Encryption in the poetry of Czeslaw Miłosz and Oscar Miłosz
12:40 Magdalena Stola, "Midnight in the heart of the Southerner". Oscar Miłosz in the works of Czeslaw Miłosz
13:00 Agnieszka Kosinska, "Journeyman". On Oscar Miłosz in the late works of Czeslaw Miłosz
SESSION VI: Swedenborg, Blake, Kierkegaard
led by: Margaret Czerminska
15:20 Przemyslaw Dakowicz, Between the "religious imagination" and schizophrenia: Miłosz's troubles with Swedenborg
15:40 Bartosz Dabrowski , Miłosz and Swedenborg
16:00 Jerome Chojnacki , Antystoicyzm. The community thinks Søren Kierkegaard and Czeslaw Miłosz
16:20 Zbigniew Kaźmierczyk, "The Harmony of William Blake"
16:40 Śniedziewska Magdalena, "Metaphysical Realism". Miłosz and the golden age of Dutch painting
17:00 Grazyna Tomaszewska, "Where is North?" Miłosz on Spatial Confusion
17:20 Tomaszewski, Miłosz - Mud and Pearl of the Baltic
18:00 Closing of conference