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"Some people like poetry...", or the international reception of Wisława Szymborska's work

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International academic conference

15-17 November 2023

Place: European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany) and Collegium Polonicum in Słubice (Poland)

Conference languages: German, Polish and English


Wisława Szymborska rarely travelled, yet her work has reached the furthest corners of the globe, as evidenced by foreign-language translations of her poetry and numerous foreign awards, including the most important one in 1996, the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her texts continue to intrigue and engage. In 2023, Wisława Szymborska would have celebrated her 100th birthday. This is a good time to revisit poet’s work, to reflect on her view on and perception of the world, as well as the language and imagery she used in her poetry to describe and express the reality surrounding her.

Professor Michał Rusinek, a literary scholar and writer, Szymborska’s long-time assistant and the president of the Wisława Szymborska Foundation has accepted the invitation to address the conference as a plenary speaker.

Cooperating institutions
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Honorary patron
Financial support
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Call for papers



A peer-reviewed publication is planned after the conference in the series “Interdisciplinary Polish Studies” (Harrassowitz) and in open access on the server of the European University Viadrina.

Academic committee

  • Dr. Ilona Czechowska (Univ. Frankfurt O.)
  • Dr. Ksymena Filipowicz-Tokarska (Univ. Poznań)
  • Dr. Michał Gąska (Univ. Wrocław)
  • Prof. Anna Małgorzewicz (Univ. Wrocław)
  • Dr. Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck (Univ. Frankfurt O.)

Information for the participants


Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck

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