ZBIGNIEW KADŁUBEK (born in Rybnik, in Upper Silesia) is a classicist, a writer, a translator and an essayist. He specializes in comparative studies. He is head of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Silesia. He has published copiously on ancient and modern culture of Upper Silesia. With Aleksandra Kunce he published a collection of essays titled Thinking Silesia [Myśleć Śląsk, 2007], and he has also produced a book of fictional letters called Letters from Rome [Listy z Rzymu] in the Silesian ethnolect (2008). Most recently, Zbigniew Kadłubek completed another book on Silesia: Vulnerable Thoughts: Essays and Other Writings on Upper Silesia [Bezbronne myśli. Eseje i inne pisma o Górnym Śląsku].
JOLANTA TAMBOR is a linguist; she works in the Department of Sociolinguistics and Social Communication Practices. She is also Director of the School of the Polish Language and Culture (for foreigners) at the University of Silesia. As an ambassador for the Polish language and culture, she has initiated many joint research projects between the University of Silesia and international partners all over the world (Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Canada, Brasil, and Europe). At the same time, she has researched and promoted the Silesian ethnolect in her publications: The Silesia Dialect – Testimony to a Culture; a Communication Tool [Gwara śląska – świadectwo kultury, narzędzie komunikacji, 2000]; Upper Silesians’ Language and Their Ethnic and Language Awareness [Mowa Górnoślązaków oraz ich świadomość językowa i etniczna, 2006]; Upper Silesia – Language and Identity [Oberschlesien – Sprache und Identität, 2011].
MARIUSZ JOCHEMCZYK specializes in Polish studies, history and literary theory. He is also an essayist. In the Institute for the Study of Polish Literature he is responsible for the Erasmus+ programme (for both students and academics) and on a daily basis he collaborates with universities in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic. He has published on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Polish literature: Infernal Things… [Rzeczy piekielne…, 2006], Knots of Traditions… [Sploty tradycji…, 2014]; and on holistically construed geo-poetics: Facing Tradition: Silesian Oicological Essays [Wobec tradycji. Śląskie szkice oikologiczne, 2015].
EUGENIA SOJKA specializes in Canadian studies. She is the founder and head of the Canadian Studies Center in the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures. She is also a member of the Polish Association of Canadian Studies, the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and the Indigenous Literary Studies Association. She has published on Canadian minority cultures and literatures, edited and co-edited works on multiculturalism and minority issues: (De)Constructing Canadianness. Myth of the Nation and Its Discontents (2007), Embracing Otherness. Canadian Minority Discourses in Transcultural Perspectives (2010).
ALEKSANDRA KUNCE specializes in cultural studies but her research also involves anthropology, literary studies and philosophy of culture. She is particularly interested in the notion of place. Her books include Identity and Postomodernism [Tożsamość i postmodernism, 2003], Thinking Silesia (with Zbigniew Kadłubek) [Myśleć Śląsk, 2007], Punctual Anthropology: Reflections Inspired by Ryszard Kapuściński’s Writings [Antropologia punktów. Rozważania przy tekstach Ryszarda Kapuścińskiego, 2008], Oicology: A Science of Home (with Tadeusz Sławek and Zbigniew Kadłubek) [Oikologia. Nauka o domu, 2013] and Into the Noise. Anthropological and Aesthetic Discourses in Public Sphere (with Maria Popczyk, 2013). She is Editor-in-Chief of Anthropos? and a member of The International Cultural Research Network, The Common Ground, The Arts in Society Knowledge Community and The Polish Cultural Studies Association.
KAROLINA POSPISZIL specializes in Polish studies as well as in Bohemian studies. She is also a translator. She works in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Silesia. Her research involves the cultures and literatures of Central Europe, with particular emphasis on identity issues. Her essays have been published e.g. in Bohemistyka, Rocznik Komparatystyczny, Studia Slavica, Proudy. At the beginning of 2017 her book Folksiness and Loss: Images of Upper Silesia in Polish and Czech Literature After 1989 (Swojskość i utrata. Obrazy Górnego Śląska w polskiej i czeskiej literaturze po 1989 r.) is coming out.
ROBERT RDUCH is head of the Department of History of German Literature in the Institute of German Philology at the University of Silesia. As a literary scholar, he is particularly interested in the German literature of Switzerland, German literature in Silesia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as Polish and German literary connections. At present he is working on a monograph on the literary activity of the German minority in the Silesian Voivodeship between 1922-1939.
LESZEK DRONG specializes in literary studies, Irish studies (especially Northern Irish studies), rhetoric and cultural memory. He is Director of the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures at the University of Silesia. He is also head of the Department of Rhetoric in Culture and the Media. He has published widely on Irish culture and literature in journals and collections of essays in the UK, Germany and Poland (e.g. “Cold Beads of Memory and Home: Fictional Perspectives on the Northern Irish Troubles” and “Post-Traumatic Realism: Representations of History in Recent Irish Novels”) and edited books on multiculturalism: Multiculturalism as a Postulate and Practice [Wielokulturowość: postulat i praktyka, 2005] and Multiculturalism, Multilinguilism and the Self: Literature and Culture Studies (forthcoming in 2017).