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Ernst van Alphen
Ernst van Alphen

Ernst van Alphen is Professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His publications include Francis Bacon and the Loss of Self (Harvard UP), Caught By History: Holocaust Effects in Contemporary Art, Literature, and Theory (Stanford UP), Art in Mind: How Contemporary Images Shape Thought (University of Chicago Press), Staging the Archive: Art and Photogrpahy in Times of New Media (Reaktion Books). Next year his new book Failed Images Will appear with VALIZ Publishers.


Mieke Bal by Rena Li
Mieke Bal

Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic, video artist and occasional curator. She works on gender, migratory culture, psychoanalysis, and the critique of capitalism. Her 38 books include a trilogy on political art: Endless Andness (on abstraction), Thinking in Film (on video installation), both 2013, Of What One Cannot Speak (on sculpture, 2010). Her work comes together in A Mieke Bal Reader (2006). In 2016 appeared In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays (Hatje Cantz), and in Spanish, Tiempos trastornados on the politics of visuality (AKAL 2016). Her video project Madame B, with Michelle Williams Gamaker, is widely exhibited, in 2017 in Museum Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, and combined with paintings by Munch in the Munch Museum in Oslo. Her most recent film is Reasonable Doubt, on René Descartes and Queen Kristina (2016). [photo: Rena Li]

Robert Hariman
Robert Hariman

Robert Hariman is a professor of rhetoric and public culture in the department of communication studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Political Style: The Artistry of Power and of two co-authored books on photojournalism: No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, and most recently, The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship. His other publications include edited volumes on popular trials, political judgment, political realism, and the texture of political action, as well as journal articles on parody, allegory, banality, and other modes of public address. His work has been translated into French and Chinese. Hariman posts periodically at, his co-authored blog on photojournalism, politics, and culture.

Constantin Parvulescu
Constantin Parvulescu

Constantin Parvulescu writes on the audiovisual representation of financial services, the cinema of Eastern Europe, and film and history. He coordinates the research project Finance and the Moving Image, and is the editor of the forthcoming Global Finance on Screen: From Wall Street to Side Street (Routledge, 2017). He is the author of Orphans of the East: Postwar Eastern European Cinema and the Revolutionary Subject (Indiana University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of A Companion to the Historical Film (Blackwell-Wiley, 2013). Presently, he is research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra and guest lecturer at the University of St Gallen.

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  • European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS);
  • Department of Art and Visual History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; 
  • Institute of Arts History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; 
  • History Department, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań;
  • Social Memory Laboratory, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw;
  • Department of Visual Culture, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw;
  • The Committee on Art Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Academic Council:

  • Prof. Wojciech Bałus (Polish Academy of Sciences);
  • Prof. Kazimierz Ilski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań);
  • Prof. Csaba György Kiss (ENRS Academic Council);
  • Prof. Michaela Marek (Humboldt University of Berlin);
  • Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)

Conference Convener:

  • Prof. Piotr Juszkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Organising Committee:

  • Prof. Mariusz Bryl,
  • Prof. Stanisław Czekalski,
  • Dr Jakub Dąbrowski,
  • Dr hab. Michał Haake,
  • Dr hab. Łukasz Kiepuszewski,
  • Dr hab. Dorota Malczewska-Pawelec,
  • Dr Małgorzata Pakier (ENRS),
  • Prof. Piotr Witek,
  • Prof. Tadeusz Żuchowski
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