Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic, video artist and occa­sional curator. She works on feminism, migratory culture, psychoanalysis and the critique of capitalism. Her books include a trilogy on political art: Endless Andness (on abstraction) and Thinking in Film (on video installa­tion), both 2013, and Of What One Cannot Speak (2010, on sculpture), as well as A Mieke Bal Reader (2006). In 2016 she published In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays, and in Spanish, Tiempos Trastornados on the politics of visuality (2016). Her video project, Madame B, with Michelle Williams Gamaker, is widely exhibited, in 2017 in Museum Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova in Turku, Finland, and combined with paintings by Munch in the Munch Museum in Oslo for which she curated the exhibi­tion Emma & Edvard (with a book). Her most recent film, Reasonable Doubt, on René Descartes and Queen Kristina, premiered in Kraków, Po­land, on 23 April 2016.


Rachel E. Burke is an MA candidate at the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute. She studies contemporary internet and participatory art and currently works as a research assistant for the Clark’s Research and Academic Program.


Jonathan Culler (BA Harvard; BPhil and DPhil, Ox­ford), author of Flaubert: The Uses of Uncertainty (1974), was Fellow in French at Selwyn College, Cambridge, then University Lecturer and Fel­low in French at Brasenose College, Oxford, before moving to Cornell University in 1977, where he succeeded M. H. Abrams as Class of 1916 Professor of English. Former President of the American Comparative Lit­erature Association, Chair of the New York Council for the Humanities, and Secretary of the American Council of Learned Societies, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philo­sophical Society. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary critical theory, French and English, including Structuralist Poetics (1975), On Deconstruction (1983), and The Literary in Theory (2006). His Liter­ary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (augmented edition, 2011) has been translated into 26 languages. His latest book is Theory of the Lyric.


Kristin Gjesdal is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Temple University and Professor II of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism (Cam­bridge UP, 2009), Herder’s Hermeneutics: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (Cambridge UP, 2017) and a number of articles in the areas of aesthetics, hermeneutics and nineteenth-century philosophy. Gjesdal also works in the philosophy of literature, with a special emphasis on Shakespeare and Ibsen, and is the editor of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives (forth­coming with Oxford UP). Her co-edited and edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook to German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, 2015), Key Debates in Nineteenth Century European Philosophy (Rout­ledge, 2016) and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics.


Ernst van Alphen is Professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University. His publications include Francis Bacon and the Loss of Self (Harvard UP), Caught By History: Holocaust Effects in Art, Literature, and Theory (Stanford UP), Art In Mind: How Contemporary Images Shape Thought (U of Chicago P), Staging the Archive: Art and Photography in Times of New Media (Reaktion Books). The following book is in press: Failed Im­ages: Photography Beyond Dominant Practices.


Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Murcia, Spain, and deputy director of the VISUM (Center of Visual Studies University of Mur­cia). He is the author of several books on art and visual culture including Materializar el pasado. El artista como historiador benjaminiano (2012), Robert Morris (2010), 2Move: Video Art Migration (2008, with Mieke Bal), La so(m) bra de lo real (2006) and co-editor of Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture (2011, with Mieke Bal). He is also a fiction writer, author of the acclaimed novels El instante de peligro (Finalist Herralde Prize, 2015) and Intento de escapada (2013, translated into German, French, English and Italian).


Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical His­tories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CentreCATH) at the University of Leeds. She is committed to de­veloping an international, postcolonial, queer feminist analysis of the visual arts and cultures. Her recent writings include Differencing the Canon: Femi­nist Desire and the Writing of Art’s Histories (Routledge, 1999); After-affects / After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation (Manchester UP, 2013); Bracha Ettinger: Art as Compassion (with Catherine de Zegher; ASP, 2011); Concentrationary Memories: Totalitarian Terror and Cultural Resistance (with Max Silverman; I. B. Tauris, 2013); Art in the Time-Space of Memory and Mi­gration (Freud Museum and Wild Pansy P, 2013), and Visual Politics of Psy­choanalysis: Art and the Image in Post-traumatic Cultures (I. B. Tauris, 2013). Her forthcoming books include The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Mem­ory: Charlotte Salomon’s “Life? or Theatre?” (Yale, 2017) and The Memory Politics of Feminism (Verso, 2018).


Patricia G. Berman is the Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College (US) where she teaches modern and contemporary art, the history of photography and propaganda studies. Her scholarship has focused on European and American modern­ism, with a particular interest in national identity, gender and self-represen­tation. She has done significant work on Edvard Munch and Nordic art. Her books also include studies of the work of James Ensor, Danish painting of the 19th century and modern figure drawing. Her most recent essay on Edvard Munch appears in the exhibition catalogue Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Met­ropolitan Museum, 2017).


Magdalena Cieślak is Assistant Professor in the De­partment of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź. She specializes in Renaissance drama and the relationships between literature and contemporary popular media in the context of cultural studies. She works now in the areas of cultural mate­rialism, feminism, gender studies and queer theory, and researches the ways in which cinema addresses politically and culturally subversive elements of Shakespeare’s plays. She is a member of International Shakespeare Stud­ies Centre and an Associate Editor for Poland for Reviewing Shakespeare. She has recently co-edited, with Agnieszka Rasmus, vol. 12 of Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2015) entitled Diversity and Homogeneity. Shake­speare and the Politics of Nation, Class, and Gender.


Krystyna Kujawińska Courtney is Full Professor at the University of Łódź, Poland, where she chairs the British and Commonwealth Studies Department and heads the International Shake­speare Studies Centre. She has published, internationally and locally, nu­merous articles and essays on the global cultural authority of Shakespeare’s plays and poems in relation to theatre and early modern and modern cul­ture. She is a member of the World Shakespeare Bibliography, a co-editor of Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation, Performance and an editor of International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Jour­nal. Her latest monographs (in Polish and in English) are devoted to early modern culture: Some Renaissance Early Modern/Renaissance Topoi in the Twenty First-Century (2015); reception of Shakespeare in Poland: Shake­speare 2014 W 450 (2014); and the contribution of women to international Shakespeare studies “No Other But a Woman’s Reason” (2013). She also authored a monograph and edited a collection of papers on Ira Aldridge’s theatrical achievements (2009).


Piotr Spyra is Assistant Professor in the Department of Stud­ies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź, where he teaches medieval and early modern English literature. His re­search interests include Middle English poetry, medieval folklore and Re­naissance English drama. He is the author of The Epistemological Perspec­tive of the Pearl-Poet (2014), a monograph devoted to the philosophical and theological background of the four poems attributed to the Gawain-Pearl Poet. He has also published articles in journals such as Folklore, Glossator and Multicultural Shakespeare. His current research project focuses on fair­ies in medieval English romance.


Andrzej Wicher is Professor at the Department of Stud­ies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature and the head of the Centre for Research on English Medieval and Renaissance Literature in the Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź. He published three scholarly books: Archaeology of the Sublime. Studies in Late-Medieval English Writings (Kato­wice, 1995), Shakespeare’s Parting Wondertales: A Study of the Elements of the Tale of Magic in William Shakespeare’s Late Plays (Łódź, 2003), and Selected Medieval and Religious Themes in the Works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolk­ien (Łódź, 2013), and almost 90 articles, mainly on Medieval and Renais­sance studies, cultural studies, and modern fantasy literature, with a special emphasis on the presence of folktale motifs in works of literature. He also translated some Middle English poems, including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, into Polish. The most important of his latest publications is: Some Remarks on the Epic Dimension of “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien published in Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny LXIII 3 (Warszawa, 2016).


Anthony Barker is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Aveiro and the Coordinator of a Cultural Studies research group. He obtained a DPhil at Oxford in 18th century literature and was Munby Fellow in Bibliography at Cambridge University. He is director of the Doctoral Programme in Cultural Studies. He now teaches film, literary and cultural disciplines and academic writing. His publications include collections The Power and Persistence of Stereotyp­ing (2005), Success and Failure (2009) and articles on televisualizing the 50s, Henry James on Film, the American and the British road movie, and British film and television comedy. He has edited a volume Television, Aes­thetics and Reality (2007). Recent works include articles on zany film and television comedy, ultra-violence in 1970s cinema, and a book Identity and Cultural Exchange in Travel and Tourism (2015). He is currently editing a volume on the First World War.


Aleksandra Ożarowska is a postgraduate stu­dent and a junior lecturer at the Department of Applied Linguistics in the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. She is the chairman of the students’ literary translation group―Book to World. Her scientific inter­ests focus on contemporary Translation Studies and her main research field concerns the translation of operatic libretti. Apart from that, she works as a translator of opera surtitles and children’s literature. Her recent publica­tions include: “Opera in Contemporary Light: the Challenges of Present­ing and Translating Modernised Opera Productions” (2016) and “Translat­ing Operatic Libretti as an Interdisciplinary Area of Translation Studies” (2017).


Persephone Sextou (PhD) is Reader in Applied Theatre and Director of the Community and Applied Drama laboratory (CADLab) at Newman University (UK). She is currently leading a the­atre project for children in healthcare with a prestigious grant from BBC Children in Need in collaboration with the National Health System of England (NHS). She is member of Editorials for Arts & Health Journal, Applied Theatre Research Journal, Arts in Society Series, and a reviewer for National Drama and Palgrave Educational Series NY etc. She is widely published in English and Greek. Her work is cited more than 25 times in 6 languages. Her most recent monograph is Theatre for Children in Hos­pitals. The Gift of Compassion (Intellect, 2016).


Cory Smith is a former student of Newman University. Whilst studying at university, she was particularly interested in the impact that participative drama could have within the wider community. She obtained a first class degree within this field. She has since gone on to work within the special educational needs and mental health sectors. She will be starting her postgraduate study of social work in September and hopes to make a big impact within the social care sector throughout her blossoming career.


Małgorzata Sugiera is Full Professor at the Jagiel­lonian University and Head of the Department for Performativity Stud­ies. She lectured and conducted seminars on German, French and Swiss universities; recently at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was twice a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as DAAD, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, Svenska Institutet, the American Andrew Mellon Foundation in American Acad­emy in Rome and IASH at the University in Edinburgh. In the academic year 2015-16, she was a Research Fellow of the International Research Cen­ter “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at the Freie Universität in Berlin. She published twelve monographs, the most recent of which is Nieludzie. Donosy ze sztucznych natur (Non-humans. Reports from Artificial Natures, 2015). She translates scholarly books and theatre plays from English, Ger­man and French. She is a member of an interdisciplinary expert panel Eu­ropean Research Council (ERC) in Brussels, Belgium, and a Review Panel expert in the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).


David Allen is currently Artistic Director of the Midland Ac­tors Theatre (MAT). He is the author of Performing Chekhov (Routledge, 2000) and Stanislavski for Beginners (Writers and Readers, 1999). He has written several articles recently on Disney theme parks for the European Journal of American Culture. He has also written a number of articles on Edward Bond, including “The Children” in Edward Bond and the Dramatic Child (Trentham, 2005); “Between Brecht and Bond” in The Brecht Year­book (2005); and “Going to the Centre: Edward Bond’s The Children” in Studies in Theatre and Performance (2007). He directed a production of The Children for MAT in 2004–05.


Agata Handley (PhD) is a researcher and a lecturer in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Łódź. She is the author of Constructing Identity: Continuity, Otherness and Revolt in the Poetry of Tony Harrison (Peter Lang, 2016) and is currently continuing her research on contemporary British literature. The main areas of her academic interest are: literature translation, culture of the English North, contemporary Brit­ish and Canadian poetry.


Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak is Professor of English Literature and Comparative Studies at University of Wrocław and Associate Professor of English Literature at the Department of Mod­ern Languages, Philological School of Higher Education in Wrocław, Po­land. She is the author of The Visual Seen and Unseen: Insights into Tom Stoppard’s Art and the more recent book From Concept-City to City Expe­rience: A Study in Urban Drama. Since 2012 she has been general editor of the journal Anglica Wratislaviensia and co-editor of Silesian Studies in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (Peter Lang). She co-edited several monographs including Spectrum of Emotions: From Love to Grief (2016). She has published over 50 articles and chapters in monographs covering the field of contemporary drama and urbanity in fiction and non-fiction in the English language. Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak is Head of English Literature and Comparative Studies (University of Wrocław), President of PASE (the Polish branch of ESSE) and member of The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English.


Edyta Lorek-Jezińska (D. Litt.) teaches British drama, theatre, gender and cultural studies in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. She is the author of The Hybrid in the Limen: British and Polish Environment-Oriented Theatre (Toruń, 2003) and Hauntology and Intertextuality in Contemporary Brit­ish Drama by Women Playwrights (Toruń, 2013). Her other publications include Corporeal Inscriptions: Representations of the Body in Cultural and Literary Texts and Practices (co-edited) (Toruń, 2005), Litteraria Coperni­cana: Cyborg (co-edited) (Toruń, 2011) and Ex-changes: Comparative Stud­ies in British and American Cultures (co-edited) (Newcastle, 2012).


Paulina Mirowska is Assistant Professor in the Depart­ment of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź, where she specializes in modern and contemporary British drama. She obtained her PhD from the University of Łódź in 2011 with a dis­sertation on the micro- and macropolitical dimensions of Harold Pinter’s oeuvre. She co-edited, with Joanna Kazik, a volume devoted to the concepts of subversion and transgression in drama, poetry and prose, Reading Sub­version and Transgression (Łódź UP, 2013). She is also the co-editor, with Joanna Kruczkowska, of Diversity and Homogeneity: The Politics of Nation, Ethnicity and Gender (Cambridge Scholars, 2016). Her recent academic in­terests centre upon the Irish-American and Anglo-American interplay in the work of contemporary American dramatist Sam Shepard.


Jadwiga Uchman (Professor) is the head of the De­partment of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, Univer­sity of Łódź. She specializes in modern English Drama, especially poetic drama, the Theatre of the Absurd, T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. She is the author of numerous articles and three books: The Problem of Time in the Plays of Samuel Beckett (Łódź, 1987), Reality, Illusion, Theatricality: A Study of Tom Stoppard (Łódź, 1998) and Playwrights and Directors: Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter (Łódź, 2011).


Dorota Filipczak (Dr hab., Prof. UŁ) teaches British and postcolonial literature, as well as translation theory in the Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Łódź. Her monograph on Malcolm Lowry was published in The Malcolm Lowry Review (Wilfrid Lau­rier University, Ontario, 1998–99). Her publications include Unheroic Her­oines: The Portrayal of Women in the Writings of Margaret Laurence (Łódź UP, 2007), “Is Literature Any Help in Liberating Eve and Mary?” in New Topics in Feminist Philosophy of Religion, ed. Pamela Sue Anderson (Spring­er, 2010); “Gender and Space in ‘The Albanian Virgin’” in Alice Munro: Un­derstanding, Adapting and Teaching, ed. Mirosława Buchholtz (De Gruyter, 2016). With Agata Handley she co-edited Bringing Landscape Home in the Writings of Jane Urquhart (Łódź UP, 2010). She has published six books of poetry, and is a member of the Association of Polish Writers.


Rafał Łyczkowski is a secondary school teacher and an independent scholar. His interests include Victorian and postcolonial literature, especially the Dickensian views which are still used by contem­porary writers. He is currently working on a thesis which shows influence of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations on postcolonial writers.