“The faces of vampirism” [Oblicza wampiryzmu] – Conference programme

On 2nd and 3rd of December we will meet in Wrocław to look at vampires in all their forms. We will talk about, among others, their appearances in TV series, sources of past beliefs in vampires and the latest trends in vampiric literature.


Wrocław will be hosting students, researchers and doctorate students from all over Poland, among them philologists, culture and film experts, as well as anthropologists. The conference will take place in the discussion club CaféTHEA. It is open to all interested listeners.

Its programme also includes two expert lectures.

The conference organiser is The Association of Pop Culture Researchers and Pop-cultural Education “Trickster”.

Conference programme

Friday, December 2, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

mgr Adam Flamma (UWr) – Vampire as a figure – symbolic meaning of the character in video games

mgr Jakub Krogulec (UWr) – Vampirism in video games. Representations and realisations of vampirism in the context of the specificities of the interactive medium

Andrzej Skuza (GRAJ! collective) – The impact of the RPG Vampire: the Masquerade on the image of vampires in pop culture

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

mgr Michał Włodarczyk (UWr) – Not only garlic: Non-standard images of vampires as a voice in the debate about the properties of tropes

mgr Adrianna Fiłonowicz (UAM) – Becoming the bloodsucker. The vampire myth and the symbolism of initiation rituals.

mgr Karolina Maria Hess (UJ) – Between the theosophical panteism and neognostic dualism. Esoteric ambiguity of a vampire in the novel by Władysław Reymont

12:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

dr Daniel Wojtucki (UWr) – The elements of faith in the posthumous activities of the dead in Silesia and Moravia in the light of the accounts and documents from the 16th-18th century

Agata Szylińczuk (UZ) – Blood and vampires in the classical culture

mgr Ewa Wielocha (UMK) – Plants and plant-derived materials in anti-vampiric practices

01:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expert lecture: dr hab. prof. UWr Anna Gemra – Portraits of (un)tamed phantom
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

mgr Anna Kaczmar (UZ) – Investigation by an Undead. The image of a detective vampire in American pop culture

mgr Daria Tyblewska (UMK) – Modern-day vampires and humanity – A comparative analysis of Edward Cullen and Stefan Salvatore

dr Katarzyna Kaczor (UG) – Louis of New Orleans, Edward of Chicago and Bill of Louisiana. Vampires from the New World versus their progenitors from the Old Europe

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

mgr Paulina Kajzer (UAM) – Vampire film as a story about time and its value illustrated by Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch

Łukasz Rozmarynowski (UAM) – Blaxploitation and vampirism – Blacula by William Crain from 1972

Jeremi Dobrzański (UJ) – The imported vampire. Vampirism in Thirst by Park Chan-Wook.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Elżbieta Obroślak (UWr) – “The pale and trembling princess” and “The phantom that wakes every year”. Typology of Polish romanticism vampires

mgr Szymon Cieśliński (UŁ) – Nachzehrer, ghoul or a vampire? The vampiric figure in Vampirismus by E.T.A Hoffman

mgr Dominika Gruntkowska (US) – Life sucked by a spider. About the Spider. Passages from letters of a young artists J.B. Dziekoński

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

mgr Maria Piątkowska (UW) – SS Vampires – a vampire in the context of the Third Reich.

mgr Kaja Łuczyńska (UJ) – What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – a vampiric mockumentary

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

mgr Łukasz Czarnecki (UJ) – Dracula – The Son of a Dragon

Karolina Kaleta (UJ) – Dance of the Vampires – The history of the cult musical and its reception

Adrianna Chorąży (UJ) – “Come vampiri”. Vampiric motifs in the Italian rap (Fedez L’amore eternit, Achille Lauro Coca Cola light, Emis Killa Cashwoman, Emis Killa Vampiri) as hip-hop idiosyncratic symbols

dr Oskar Szwabowski (US) – Capital vampires

01:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expert lecture: dr Mikołaj Marcela (UŚ) – Women, vampires, machines. New media in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

mgr Joanna Mikołajczuk (UW) – Can vampires get old? About Carmillia in the minds of today’s readers

mgr Magdalena Jackowska (UAM) – Post-vampire as part of the narrative complexity of a quality TV series

mgr Anna Wróblewska (UŚ) – Vampiric mash-up: Vampire pharaoh by Konrad T. Lewandowski and the modern incarnation of a vampire in popular culture

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

mgr Maciej Mikołajski (UJ) – Vampire believers and atheists – Christian symbolism in vampiric myth and the void it has left

dr Małgorzata Potent-Ambroziewicz (UMCS) – Vampirism in a post-apocalyptic world.

mgr Michał Wolski (UWr) – Bloodsucker under a microscope. Vampirism and science fiction

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