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Dear Colleagues,

It is with heavy hearts that the Organizing Committee of the April Conference 2020 have decided to cancel the conference. Given the growing COVID-19 spread and call for preventive measures, the authorities of the Jagiellonian University have cancelled or postponed most activities, following the safety recomendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate:

All open events, outgoing and incoming university travel and lectures have been cancelled starting from 10 March until further notice. This prevents us from setting up a viable later date at the moment.

All registered participants who have already paid their fees will be contacted by our Conference Office ( as soon as possible. They are processing this already, but due to a large numer of cancelled events it might take them several days to get back to you. 

We are very much disappointed we will not be able to see you all in Kraków this April, but we feel it is the right decision. We will get back to you the moment we all know more.

Warmest regards,
Organizing Committee





Kraków, 23-25 April 2020


English and American Studies in the Age of Post-Truth and Alternative Reality


April Conference is a triennial international conference which has been organized by the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University since 1978. The Conference is an opportunity to bring together scholars working in various fields of English and American Studies.

The fifteenth edition of April Conference will start on Thursday, 23rd April, and end on Saturday, 25th April 2020. The conference will be held in the historic buildings of the Jagiellonian University: Collegium Maius and Collegium Medicum.

For this anniversary edition of April Conference, the organizing committee will be pleased to accept proposals of papers on British and American literature, general and applied linguistics, translation and cultural studies, the teaching of English as a foreign language and other related topics. Since one of the aims of the conference is to integrate the various branches of English and American Studies, papers which are interdisciplinary in character will be most welcome. The organizing committee is also looking forward to receiving panel proposals with three or six papers connected thematically.  


Upon requests, the deadline for paper proposals has been extended till 28th February 2020

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1st March 2020.


Presentations are scheduled to take 20 minutes, followed by ten minutes of discussion. 

Paper and panel proposals can be submitted through an online system under PAPER PROPOSALS.


Early conference registration fee (available until March 15, 2020): 700 PLN. Regular conference fee (after March 15, 2020): 800 PLN. Doctoral students are eligible for a 150 PLN discount. 




In the event of a force majeure situation, April Conference 2020 Organization reserves the right to alter or cancel the conference without prior notice, including any change of the time and/or venue of the conference. Any occurrence of force majeure event shall be communicated as soon as reasonably possible from the decision time. Force majeure includes any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of AC2020 Conference Organization, which prevents or impedes the realisation of the conference. This includes but is not limited to, government action, war or hostilities, riot or civil commotion, plague or other epidemic such as SARS, bird flu, COVID-19, earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, fire or other natural physical disaster, explosion, accident or breakdown, strike, lack of the usual means of transportation or terrorism. AC2020 Conference Organization shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential, punitive or exemplary damages, losses, expenditures or any other inconveniences or costs caused by such modification or cancellation of the conference. Unless provided otherwise by the applicable mandatory laws, the registration fees will be reimbursed in accordance with the AC2020 cancelation policy.


Organizing Committee

dr hab. Zygmunt Mazur (Head)

prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska

dr hab. Bożena Kucała

prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Mańczak-Wohlfeld

dr hab. Andrzej Pawelec

dr hab. Władysław Witalisz



Conference Secretaries

dr Małgorzata Cierpisz 

dr Michał Palmowski

dr Magdalena Szczyrbak



Jagiellonian University
Institute of English Studies
Collegium Paderevianum
al. Mickiewicza 9A, 31-120 Kraków