Conference at UG: The Power of the Word.Poetry: Word Made Flesh: Flesh Made Word About the Conference Programme

Provisional Programme

Provisional programme


Thursday 12 September


9.30 – 10.30 Registration


10.30 – 10.45 Welcome


10.45 – 11. 45 First keynote address, by Professor Michael Edwards (Collège de France): Poetry Human and Divine


11.45 – 12.15 Coffee/tea break


12.15 – 13.45 Parallel panel sessions 1:


1A. Flesh Made Poetic Word (I)


Mary Elizabeth Esser (Wake Forest University/Independent Scholar)

“One feels its action moving in the blood”: Arrhythmia as the Art of Reality in Wallace Steven’s Esthétique du Mal

Ewa Borkowska (University of Silesia)

G. M. Hopkins and Zbigniew Herbert: Poetry “compared to the air we breathe”

Monika Szuba (University of Gdansk)

“The poem’s muscle, blood and lymph”: David Constantine’s Poetic Bodies



1B. Philosophical Studies of Poetry as Word Made Flesh/Flesh Made Word


Miguel Vieira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

“Between Eternities”: Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Pindar’s Being in the Word

Jennifer Reek (University of Glasgow)

Word into Flesh/Flesh into Word: Toward an Incarnational Textuality with Heidegger, Jasper and Cixous

Anna Marta Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University)

“Have the words to be lost / To be as soul regained again?”: Habitus of Jerzy Liebert’s Poetry – Onthology of a Poet.



1C. Metaphysical Poetry: Word Made Flesh (I)


Sonia Jaworska

“Begotten, not Made”: The Word Being Born / The Word Giving Birth in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw

Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (University of Warsaw)

Words Born/Miscarried in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot

Krystyna Wierzbicka-Trwoga (University of Warsaw)

The Word of God Woven into the Word of Man. The Logos-Idea in the Poetry of George Herbert and Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski


13.45 – 15.00 Lunch


15.00 – 16.30 Parallel panel sessions 2:


2A. Body and the Material in the Poetry of Religious Experience


Jadwiga Węgrodzka (University of Gdansk, Koszalin University of Technology)

The Child’s Body and Voice in Isaac Watts’s Divine Songs for Children

Hester Jones (University of Bristol)

‘This dark pool’: feathers and falls in RS Thomas

Wacław Grzybowski (University of Opole)

 Incarnation and human community in Bl. Karol Wojtyła's Thinking My Country


2B. Spirit and Flesh in Poetry


Mirosława Modrzewska (University of Gdansk)

Robert Burns’ “Jarring Thoughts”: Carnivalesque Metaphorisations of Existentialist Spirituality 

Kwiryna Ziemba  (University of Gdansk)

Juliusz Słowacki: Poet of Flesh and Spirit

Irena Chawrilska (University of Gdansk)

The Metaphysical Qualities of the Hybrid Work of Art


2C. Word, Flesh and Suffering


Marta Nowicka (University of Gdansk)

A Suffering Body (of Work): Analysis of Selected Poems by Georg Trakl, Anna Swir and Miroslav Holub

Joanna Rzepa (University of Warwick)

‘The Wounded Word’: Phenomenology and the Modernist Poetics of Prayer

Olga Włodarczyk (Warsaw University)

The Embodied “I”, the Suffering “I” in the Poetry of G. M. Hopkins


16.30 – 17.00 Tea/coffee break


17.00 – 18.00 Second keynote address, by Professor Andrzej Wierciński (University of Freiburg): Incarnation and the Mystery of Language: the Claims to Universality of Hermeneutics and Poetry


19.30 Poetry evening with light refreshments at St Bridget Centre, Oliwa


Friday 13 September


9.30 – 10.30 Third keynote address by Professor Angela Leighton (Cambridge University): Incarnations in the Ear: Poetry and Presence


10.30 – 11.00 Tea/coffee break


11.00 – 12.30 Parallel panel sessions 3:


3A. Word Made Flesh Made Word


Marta Gibińska (Tischner European University)

Macbeth: From Word to Flesh to Word

Carolyn Rosen (King’s College London, University of London)


Poetic Interpretation of the Bible: The Voice of God in Racine’s ‘Esther ‘and ‘Athalie’

Jamie Callison  (University of Northampton/ University of Bergen)

Celestial Music Unheard: “Marina” and the Christian Mystical Experience


3B. Flesh Made Poetic Word (II)


Fr. Michael Kirwan and Anna Abram (Heythrop College, University of London)

Human and Divine Reaching Out in the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz

Magdalena Stola (University of Gdansk)

Material and Transcendent Aspects of Oskar Miłosz’s Concept of Poetry



3C. Poetry and the Sacramental Imagination

Katarzyna Dudek  (Warsaw University)

World as the Icon of the Word: Sacramental Imagination in R. S. Thomas’s Nature Poems

David Lonsdale (Heythrop College, University of London)

Poetry in the Making: Ted Hughes and Words Made Flesh

Martin Potter (University of Bucharest)

Incarnation and Embodiment in the Poetry and Theoretical Writings of David Jones


12.30 – 13.30 Lunch


13.30 –  15.00 Parallel panel sessions 4:


4A. Metaphysical Poetry: Word Made Flesh (II)


Klaudia Łączyńska (University of Warsaw)

Word-as-Flesh Made Artefact: Andrew Marvell’s Poetic Moulding of the Word

Francesca Bugliani-Knox (Heythrop College, University of London)

T. S. Eliot and "the word made flesh": The Case of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"


Carmen Doerge (University of Tuebingen)

The Word made Flesh in Metaphysical Poetry


4B. Rendering the Spiritual Material in the Poetic Word


Michał Choiński (Jagiellonian University)

Word Made "Flesh" in Jonathan Edwards' Sermonic Imagery.

Jakub Skurtys (University of Wrocław)

“My body is in constant journey.” Corporal Practices and the Endless Poem in Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki’s Poetry 

David Malcolm (University of Gdansk)

Apophenia in the Fields: John Burnside’s Poetry and Prayers of the Commonplace


4C. Poetry, Darkness and the Via Negativa


Aaron Rosen (King’s College London, University of London)

“Black-Black Witness”:  Ad Reinhardt, Thomas Merton, and the Via Negativa

Christopher Alexander  (Ave Maria University)

Lyric Darkness and the Mysterium of the Poet

Stefano Casella (Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM)

Eugenio Montale: “The poor (and pure) Nestorian at a loss…”


15.00 – 15.30 Tea/coffee break


15.30 – 17.00 Parallel panel sessions 5:


5A. Thinking Theologically by Poetry


Bradford William Manderfield  (University of Leuven)

The Philosophical-Poetics of Metaxology

Mark Burrows (University of Applied Sciences, Bochum)

Like a Word Still Ripening in the Silences”:  Rainer Maria Rilke and the Transformations of Poetry

Marcin Polkowski (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)

The Sibyls’ and the “Word-that-became-Flesh” in Renaissance Poetry and Iconography


5B. Incarnation and Poetry: Theological Angles


Kevin Grove (University of Cambridge)

The Word Spoke in Our Words that We Might Speak in His: Augustine, Psalms, and the Poetry of the Incarnate Word

Fr. Zbigniew Kubacki (Collegium Bobolanum)

Salvation, Logos and Poetry

Bernard Sawicki OSB (Ateneo Sant’ Anselmo)

The Dogmatic Definition of the Council of Chalcedon (451) of Two Natures in the Person of Jesus Christ as a Criterion of the Incarnational Character of Poetry


17.15 – 18.15 Fourth keynote address, by Professor David Brown (University of St Andrews): Poetry as Vehicle of Divine Presence: Communicating Religious Experience


19.30 Conference reception at St. Bridget Ecumenical Centre


Saturday 14 September


9.30 – 11.00 Workshop/discussion on links between Polish and English poetry in relation to the conference themes, led by Professor Jerzy Jarniewicz (University of Łódź)


11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/tea break


11.30 – 13.00 Parallel panel sessions 6:


6A. Materializing the Presence of the Divine in Poetry


Joanna Soćko  (University of Silesia)

Divine Eloquence. R.S. Thomas’ Poetic Infiltration of Religious Language

Kathryn Wills (Warwick University)

The Paradoxes of Bonnefoy

Karolina Janczukowicz (University of Gdansk)

“To Snow” by Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska as an example of “God sacrificing Himself in matter.”



6B. Poetry and the Incarnation


Sebastian Zmysłowski (University of Gdansk)

Word Made Flesh: The Mystery of the Incarnation in Roman Brandstaetter’s Marian Poetry

Anna Walczuk  (Jagiellonian University)

Elizabeth Jennings and the Mysticism of  Words

Jean Ward (University of Gdansk)

Incarnation and the Feminine in David Jones’s In Parenthesis


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 15.00 Concluding keynote address: Professor Tadeusz Sławek (University of Silesia) Teaching a Stone to Talk. Incarnation, Tears of Words, and Silence of Animals


15.00 Conference officially closes


15.30 Discussion on the future of the Power of the Word project for those interested  

Ostatnio modyfikowane: 06.09.2013