International Conference

Çankaya University and the University of Białystok invite proposals for
the 9th International Conference on Language, Literature & Culture 
in a joint event with
Crossroads III Conference
on the theme
“Risk and Safety”
  • This combined conference is organized jointly by the University of Białystok (Poland) and Çankaya University (Ankara, Turkey) on June 4-5, 2020 in Białystok, Poland.
  • Conference website:
  • Contact email:
  • Keynote Speakers:
  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Bayer, Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg 
  • Dr. Anna Barcz, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich

Call for papers

This international conference is a peer-reviewed academic event and comprehensive venue for the free exchange and dissemination of ideas on language, translation, literary and cultural studies, and aims to bring together scholars and graduates researching the intersections of these fields in the welcoming atmosphere of the University of Białystok in Poland. We deem this year’s theme covers a wide variety of interdisciplinary studies. Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • representations of natural and anthropogenic catastrophes and ecological transformation in literature,
  • literary disaster discourses, environmental literature, apocalyptic scenarios, eco-thrillers, climate fiction and risk narratives,
  • ‘risk’ and ‘safety’ in travel writing,
  • climate change, the loss of biodiversity and the extinction of the human race,
  • the motif of humankind beyond rescue,
  • atomic war, nuclear devastation and nature’s revenge,
  • facing the problems of the Anthropocene, promoting change, transforming humanity,
  • ‘world risk theory’ and postcolonial theory, trauma narratives,
  • the ethics and strategies of survival,
  • eye-witness narratives, testimonio,
  • anxiety, suffering, loss and displacement,
  • narrative patterns and the semantics of disaster literature,
  • the aesthetic and ethical aspects of destruction,
  • different modes of projecting the future in mimetic and speculative fiction,
  • national, cultural, gender and sexual identities,
  • security, sustainability, precaution and prevention,
  • indigenous languages and cultures, an alternative, non-technocratic, non-anthropocentric attitude towards nature,
  • retranslation of nature’s language, fundamental transformation of societies,
  • corpus-driven analysis of ‘risk’ and ‘safety’,
  • ‘risk’ and ‘safety’ in media reporting,
  • diachronic studies of ‘risk’ and ‘safety’

A 300-word abstract and 5 keywords should be submitted as an email attachment to by March 1, 2020. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of the paper, abstract, 5 keywords and a brief bio data. For more information please visit

  • Deadline for submission: March 1, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: March 10, 2020
  • Registration: April 10, 2020
  • Late Registration: until May 1, 2020

Conference fees (non-refundable):

  • 80€ (100€ for late submissions after April 10, 2020)
  • 40€ (for graduate students&audience/60€ for late submissions after April 10, 2020)

Bank account details: IBAN: PL 74 1160 2202 0000 0002 4179 4476

Bank Millennium SA


Payment reference: LLC2020 First Name Last Name

Uniwersytet w Bialymstoku
ul. Swierkowa 20 B
15-328 Bialystok


All submissions to the conference will be reviewed by at least two independent peers for technical merit and content. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a volume. Should you need further information, please contact the organizers at 

  • Anna Maria Karczewska, University of Białystok (
  • Mustafa Kirca, Çankaya University (

Organizing committee:

Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun

Anna Dziok-Łazarecka

Ewelina Feldman-Kołodziejuk

Dorota Guzowska

Anna Maria Karczewska (chair)

Daniel Karczewski

Mustafa Kirca (co-chair)

Ertuğrul Koç

Magdalena Łapińska (secretary)

Grzegorz Moroz

Gülden Taner