Dear Colleague,


The initial selection of the presentation proposals has already taken place. We are pleased to confirm that the following scholars have expressed their agreement to facilitate open and thematic workshops:




Prof. Anthony Barker (University of Aveiro, Portugal)


Prof. Jean Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck College, University of London)


Prof. Danuta Gabryś-Barker (University of Silesia)


Prof. Andrzej Łyda (University of Silesia)


Prof. Piotr Mamet (Silesian University of Technology, Poland)


Prof. Mirosław Pawlak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz; State Univeristy of Applied Sciences, Konin)


Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, PhD (Opole University)


Prof. Pilar Safont (Universitat Jaume I, Castelló - Spain)


Prof. Krystyna Warchał (University of Silesia)


Prof. Adam Wojtaszek (University of Silesia)


Prof. Maria Wysocka (University of Silesia)




At present more than 70 participants are on the list. Now the work has started to arrange the presentations into thematic sections. The provisional conference programme and the list of confirmed participants will be placed on our website ( in October. If there are any mistakes or omissions in the programme or the list of participants, please let us know.







The conference fee: PLN 1000 (€260, US$ 280) for those who wish to stay in a double room and PLN 1200 (€310, US$ 330) for the participants who prefer to use single rooms. The rooms will be distributed on the first paid – first served basis. The fee covers almost all participation costs (apart from the shuttle bus), including the accommodation, conference materials, the meals and the cost of subsequent publication.


The fee must be paid not later than 10th October 2017 to our conference account at the University of Silesia, the account number is: 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909, the beneficiary: Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach, ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, Poland, the title of the payment: SMYS YRISM + your name. The swift code of the bank is INGBPLPW. For payments from abroad it is customary to extend the IBAN number by PL added in front of the account number.


It is very important that you mark the payment with the sub-account name SMYS YRISM and your name, because otherwise the financial department will not know where to allocate the money and we will not have your name on the list of those who have paid.


To ensure that the money transfer is properly registered, please e-mail us a scan of the payment document, or its electronic version in PDF/JPEG.


All the money transfer costs and bank charges must be paid by the participant.


IMPORTANT: Everyone who wishes to receive an invoice (Faktura VAT) issued to the home institution should make sure that the money is transferred by the institution, and not from a private bank account of the participant. It is a policy of our financial department not to issue the bills to a different person/institution than the one who actually made the payment. If, for some reason, it is impossible for the university to transfer the money for conference participation and the staff members are asked to make the payments by themselves, we suggest that in order to ensure that the bill will be issued to the sending institution the transfer should be made by a postal order with the name of the institution as the payer. Bank transfers from private accounts will always be treated as paid by the account holders.




There will be a bus service, taking the participants from Katowice (city centre) to the conference site in Szczyrk. The departure will be scheduled for around 6 p.m. on the 15th November 2017, but we could wait a couple of minutes if your train arrives in Katowice slightly later. One of our staff members will be waiting for all participants at the gathering spot which will be announced later.


If you wish to use our shuttle bus, please let us know by the 1st October 2017 at the latest.


Shuttle bus: additional 25 PLN/ 6 euro (a single journey Katowice-Szczyrk OR Szczyrk-Katowice), 50 PLN/12 euros (a return journey Katowice-Szczyrk-Katowice) - to be transferred together with the conference fee




There will be an opportunity to apply for a grant sponsored by the International Association of Multilingualism to participate in the symposium.




If you are interested in applying for a grant, please fill in the submission form (to be found here: and send back to our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st July.




You will be notified about the acceptance/rejection by 31st August.


Also, if you know that for any reason you will be unable to participate in the conference and you wish to cancel your participation, we would be grateful for this information, as this would save us many organisational problems.




Looking forward to seeing you all in Szczyrk,




The Organising Committee


Prof. Danuta Gabryś-Barker (University of Silesia)


Prof. Pilar Safont (University Jaume I, Castelló)


Prof. Adam Wojtaszek (University of Silesia)


Dr Dagmara Gałajda (University of Silesia)


Dr Paweł Zakrajewski (University of Silesia)


Dr Aleksandra Szymańska-Tworek (University of Silesia)


Ms Ingrid Bello-Rodzeń (University of Silesia)




The Scientific Committee


Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country)


Jean-Marc Dewaele (University of London)


Britta Hufeisen (Darmstadt Technical University)


Andrzej Łyda (University of Silesia)


Piotr Mamet (Jan Dlugosz University of Częstochowa)


Mirosław Pawlak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Konin)


Jorge Pinto (University of Lisbon)


Joaquim Schlabach (University of Turku)


Anat Stavans (Beit Berl Academic College)


Eva Vetter (University of Vienna)


Krystyna Warchał (University of Silesia)


Maria Wysocka (University of Silesia)








Should you need any clarification concerning conference-related matters, please contact the Conference Organisers at the following address:


Institute of English, University of Silesia


ul. Gen. Grota-Roweckiego 5


41-205 Sosnowiec




tel: (48 32) 3640892


fax: (48 32) 3640809


e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.