Machines / Ravines:
Negotiating the [Technological] Sublime

14–16 September 2017

Centrum Szkoleniowo-Konferencyjne
Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, ul. Rogowska 26,
Łódź, Poland

dr Krzysztof Majer
Mark Tardi, MFA
dr Magdalena Szuster


Thursday, 14 September 2017

11:00 – 12:00     Registration

12:00 – 12:15    Opening Remarks

12:30 – 14:00    Panel A: Re/defining the Technological Sublime

Hsu Li-hsin (National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan).
“Nature doth embrace / Her lawful offspring in Man’s art”: Anglo-American Technological Sublime in Wordsworth, De Quincey, Thoreau and Dickinson

Marlena Hetman (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland).
Aesthetics of Terror and Contrast: Redefining the Sublime in the Context of Contemporary Art and Cinema

Zbigniew Maszewski (University of Łódź, Poland).
Bruno Schulz and the Industrial Cityscapes of Lódź

14:00 – 15:00     Lunch

15:00 – 16:00     Opening Lecture:

Agnieszka Salska
(State University of Applied Sciences, Konin)
Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Encounters with the Sublime
Chair: Krzysztof Majer

16:00 – 16:30     Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00    Panel B: The Po/ethical Sublime

Paulina Ambroży (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland).
“Our Eyes Adjust to the Dark”: Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars and the Ethics of the Cosmic Sublime

Małgorzata Myk (University of Łódź, Poland).
Bypassing the Sublime: Speculative Anti-Landscapes in Leslie Scalapino’s Late Work

Jarosław Milewski (University of Łódź, Poland).
The Miracle Cure: Technological Escapism of AIDS Writing

18:30 – 20:00     Dinner

20:00 – 21:30     Literary Reading & Discussion with Tim Krcmarik, Laura Wetherington and Andrew Zawacki
Host: Mark Tardi


Friday, 15 September 2017

10:00 – 11:00     Registration

11:00 – 12:00     Keynote Lecture:

David Nye
(University of Southern Denmark)
What Comes After the Technological Sublime?
chair: Mark Tardi

12:00 – 12:30 Coffee Break

12:30 – 14:00    Panel C: Re/imaging the Sublime

Laura Wetherington (Independent Researcher, Eindhoven, Netherlands).
Photographic Sublime: Documentary Practices In the Nevada Desert

Andrew Zawacki (University of Georgia, USA).
A View from the Sublime: Pierre Bergounioux’s B-17G

Tomasz Dobrogoszcz (University of Łódź, Poland).
Negotiating the Transhuman: The Prophetic Black Mirror.

14:00 – 15:30     Lunch

15:30 –17:00    Panel D: The Mediated Sublime

Stephanie Sommerfeld (University of Goettingen, Germany).
Sublime Media Technologies in American Literature

Jarosław Hetman (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń).
David Foster Wallace’s Technological Sublime: A Glance at Infinite Jest’s The Entertainment

Aleksandra Vukotić (University of Belgrade, Serbia).
Ghost in the Camera: Don DeLillo’s Dialogue with Michelangelo Antonioni

17:00 – 18:30     Dinner

20:00 – 21:30     Literary Reading & Discussion at Dom Literatury, ul. Roosevelta 17
(with Kacper Bartczak, Monika Mosiewicz, Przemysław Owczarek and Mark Tardi).
***Travel by trolley, meet-up at 19:15 in front of the conference room.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

9:30 – 10:30    Panel E: The Mechanical Sublime

Jan Moryń (University of Łódź, Poland).
Is Science a Problem or a Solution? Discussing Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.

Jędrzej Tazbir (University of Łódź, Poland).
War as Manufactured Sublime: Creative and Idealogical Responses in American Fiction

10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00    Panel F: The Spiritual Sublime

Jakub Statnik (University of Łódź, Poland).
How Judge Holden Made Gunpowder: The Satanic Alchemist in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

Piotr Płomiński (University of Łódź, Poland).
Posthuman Gods: Deified Cyborgs in Peter Watts’ Works

Gabriel Furmuzachi (Independent Researcher, Vienna, Austria)

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The Ultimate Technological Sublime