Academic Conference and Fan Convention
14–16 May 2021
“The most merciful thing in this world is, it seems to me, the inability of the human mind
to relate all of its contents. We live on a peaceful island of ignorancein the middle
of the black seas of infinity and we are not destined to travel far. "
Ladies and gentlemen,
with the opening words of the Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft, who would be celebrating his 131st birthday this year, we would like to invite you to participate in the 6th edition of PhilosophyCon. This year's event will be held on May 14-17th online via Zoom and will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The co-organizers of the PhilosophyCon are the University of Silesia, the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Filozofia tak bardzo, EduVRLab Research Laboratory, Optimum Pareto Foundation, Philosophers’ Doctoral Scientific Association "Zagreus" at the University of Silesia, Political Doctoral Science Club at the University of Silesia.
PhilosophyCon proudly stands on two pillars: the conference and the convention.
Thanks to the editions so far, each year about 200 beings learn more about such fantastic issues like rhetoric of video games, bioethical aspect of augmentations straight out of the Deus Ex series, and ontological plots of well-known manga and anime. The sixth iteration of the cycle is based around the topics of occultism, horror and magic, yet do not limit yourself to such ones!
In the conference part, philosophers and other scientists (from literary scholars, through theologians, to palaeontologists) from Polish and foreign universities will combine their passion for science with their love for pop culture (movies, games, books, comics and much more). The topics proposed by the organizers concern the limits of knowledge and limitations of the scientific method, horror, and the truly mysterious and dark knowledge, like magic and the occult.
communicability of subjective experiences
conceptualization and the subconscious
skepticism and paradigms
inventions and threats
Great Old Ones
We also encourage You to submit proposals for discussion panels, workshops, etc.
We accept applications in two forms:
Video abstracts - considered first, recording time 1-2 minutes.
Written abstracts - considered second, up to 1000 characters.
In the commentary to the abstract, please add information about the preferred form of presentation: A) live lecture or B) video essay / pre-recorded lecture. The maximum speaking / video time is 30 minutes. The uploaded videos will be made available in advance and will be discussed by the creators and viewers during the event in a workshop.
Scored publications are planned to be released in third volume of PhilosophyPulp or in journal Folia Philosophica.
Abstract deadline: 15 April 2021. Decision about acceptation will be issued within a week.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to or via the form on our website (philosophycon.wixsite.com).
Post-conference publications are planned in the third volume of PhilosophyPulp or in the Folia Philosophica journal.
The convention part of the event includes attractions available for everyone, such as RPG sessions and board games (online), competitions, including traditional cosplay, meetings with special guests, workshops, film screenings and live music.
What else? As usual, you can decide!
We’re recruiting people who run special attractions at and through the website philosophycon.wixsite.com.
All anticipated (and unforeseen) surprises will be announced in the coming weeks on the Facebook page (facebook.com/philosophycon) and our partners' websites.
Both, active and passive, ways of participation in the event are free of charge.
See you at ‘PhilosophyCon: The Sixth Voyage’!
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What is PhilosophyCon?
The PhilosophyCon: Fan Convention and Academic Conference cycle makes possible something that does not happen very often: gathering philosophers, philosophers-to-be, and popular culture fans. This becomes a perfect opportunity for popularising philosophy as such.
Thanks to the editions so far, each year about 300 beings learn more about such fantastic issues like rhetoric of video games, bioethical aspect of augmentations straight out of the Deus Ex series, and ontological plots of well-known manga and anime.
Feel invited to follow this website as well as the event and fan pages on Facebook. Announcements concerning participation of special guests, information on patrons, and invitations to additional draws are to be announced gradually.
S. T. Joshi
If there is any scholar bound so close to H.P. Lovecraft, it would be S. T. Joshi - the author of exhaustive Lovecraft’s biography, lifelong scholar and editor of Lovecraft’s texts for Arkham House. Editor of several anthologies related to weird fiction, and also Lovecraft Annual and Spectral Realms journals. Writer of two Lovecraftian novels, The Assaults of Chaos (2013) and Something from Below (2019). Winner of British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.
Joanna Malita-Król, PhD
Cultural Studies and Study of Religion expert.
Graduate of Centre for the Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Institute for the Study of Religions in Kraków. Scholar of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) on Kobe University in Japan. Explore magic and witchcraft in modern world.
Editor, aca-fan, blogger, activist, qualified dragon-expert.
Joanna Hańderek, PhD
Lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Silesia. She specializes in the philosophy of culture and modern times, post-colonialism, globalization, gender, multiculturalism, and eco-ethics. Deputy Director of the Krakow branch of the Women's Rights Center Member of the Humanistic Society, Academic Association Against Hunting Recreation, Congress of the Secular, member of the main council of the Congress of Women. Writer, social activist, editor, blogger.
Ksenia Olkusz, PhD
CEO of Facta Ficta Research Centre located in Wrocław. Interested in popular culture, including fantasy and criminal literature, transmediality, fine arts in literature, mainly in horror and criminal works. Literature historian, critic, editor, writer, redactor. An admirer of macabre, horrors, zombie, k-dramas, and rabbits.
Bartłomiej Błaszczyński, PhD
Husband, father, actor of Silesian Theatre (over 35 actor roles), theatre and movie director (his „Seal Story” document was invited to several festivals, i.e. Prix Europa and Doc Against Gravity), academical lecturer and graduate of Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School.
Piotr Gorliński-Kucik, PhD
PhD of humanist studies, literary theorist, assistant professor in Institute of Literary Studies of University of Silesia. Analyses modern polish prose, works of Teodor Parnicki, Stanisław Lem and Jacek Dukaj, as well as merging of futurology and literature. His works were published in several known polish scientific journals.
Krzysztof M. Maj, PhD
He works at the Faculty of Humanities of AGH, where he creates video game worlds together with students. Author of the books "Allotopies. Topography of fictional worlds" (2015) and "Worldbuilding in fantasy" (2019). He returns to the imaginary worlds whenever he can, from Warhammer Fantasy, through TES or Wizarding World to Azeroth.
An independent academic writer and catlover. Has an MA in Political Science (University of Alberta), an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Humanities (UAMex). Won the international contests Altamirano Narrative Prize 2014 for a collection of short stories, the Rosario Castellanos Novella Prize 2007 and the New York PENTales Revolt contest in 2011. His academic articles on the works of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges and Lovecraft’s influence on him, have been published in international journals of Europe and the Americas.
Arkadiusz Luboń, PhD
Literary theorist, professor on Institute of Polish Studies and Journalism. Interested in translation and artistic autotranslation theories, especially considering outer (cultural, sociological, political) factors impacting that territory. Author of two books, as well as series of articles on Polish translation of British literature (including poetry of Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, or comics of Mike Mignola).
Eric Wilson, PhD
An independent scholar, on-line researcher and lecturer. His research interests are radical criminology, critical jurisprudence, and the application of the work of Rene Girard to Law and Literature. Published a number of articles and book chapters, has also edited a series of volumes on critical criminology. In 2018 he co-edited a special issue of The International Journal of Indonesian Studies (IJIS) devoted to the topic of Southeast Asian noir fiction. His next monograph, a critical study of James Ellroy, will appear in 2022 with punctum books.
Levy Henrique Bittencourt, PhD
PhD in "Technologies of Intelligence and Digital Design", major "Cognitive Semiotics and Learning", from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. Lecturer, author of two academic books about semiotics, as well as short story book "The Mosaic and other stories" (all of them written in Portuguese). Published papers in journals and made many presentations on academic conferences, mainly about semiotics and works of art, such as comics, literature, and videogames.
Jamer Guterres de Mello, PhD
Professor and researcher in Communication, with emphasis on cinema and audiovisual, and author of two books. Lecturer in the Post-Graduate Programme in Communication at Anhembi Morumbi University, Brazil. He was a member of the production crew at the Cine Esquema Novo festival and is currently a member of the Santos Film Fest jury, both held in Brazil. He is the coordinator of the Thematic Seminar Theory of Filmmakers and is the coordinator of the research group “For a micropolitical turn: aesthetic and narrative forms in contemporary documentary”.
Teaches in the English Department at the University of Ottawa. Their essays, primarily focused on Gothic, horror and weird fiction appeared in many collections and journals. They edited two essay collections on Lovecraft works. They are in the midst of a monograph, Repulsive Influences: 350 Years of Cosmic Horror, which examines how horror literature since the early modern period has interwoven with the reception of Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura in shaping popular anxieties about materialism, mortality and madness.
Lúcio Reis Filho, PhD
Film critic and historian specializing in the relationships between cinema, history, and literature, with a focus on the horror genre. Addressing the echoes of H.P. Lovecraft in Clive Barker’s works, he wrote the chapter in Divine Horror: Essays on the Cinematic Battle Between the Sacred and the Diabolical (2017). His award-winning research was published in Lovecraftian Proceedings No. 3. He also wrote essays published in journals such as the SFRA Review and horror-themed anthologies.
Wojciech Kosior, PhD
A graduate of applied psychology and religious studies at the Jagiellonian University and Jewish studies at the Paideia Institute. For over 8 years he has been teaching at the Department of Comparative Civilization Studies. A specialist in the field of religion and the head of the project "Istoty nadprzyrodzone oraz ich relacje z ludźmi według Talmudu babilońskiego z perspektywy ilościowej i jakościowej" financed by the National Science Center. He takes care of topics such as metaphysics, culture and demonology. Angels, devils, forgotten languages.
Agata Szymanek, PhD
Absolvent of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Certificate student at the New Center of Research and Practice. She focuses on human relationships with the rest of the world, social sensitivity, nature, and on developing critical and creative thinking. Exhibitions i.a.: the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Center (London, UK), Christmas Steps Gallery (Bristol, UK), Dumbo Arts Festival (New York, USA), and many others. She also wrote "Ćwiczenia Duchowe".
Game scriptwriter, prose writer, and lecturer at the University of Lower Silesia. Co-founder of the Game Up Association. He also conducts workshop classes about creating scenarios for video games. His passions include New Weird Fiction, Lacan's psychoanalysis, and video games. His first book, The City of All Healthy, will be published in May.
A game expert and promoter of knowledge about the video game industry, a specialist in cultural determinants of game distribution and design. Academic lecturer, animator of student creative activities in the field of creative industries. Experienced trainer in the use of video games in public space and a speaker at numerous conventions and fan events. Author of scientific articles on video games and the book "The Witcher. The history of the phenomenon ”.
Alina Świeściak-Fast, PhD (University of Silesia in Katowice)
Mariusz Wojewoda, PhD (University of Silesia in Katowice)
Piotr Machura, PhD (University of Silesia in Katowice)
Jakub Gomułka, PhD (Pedagogical University of Cracow)
Jowita Guja, PhD (AGH University of Science and Technology)
Rules of Procedure of PhilosophyCon 6
This document states the Rules of Procedure of an international interdisciplinary academic conference with fan convention elements called PhilosophyCon 6: Metaphysical Horror.
The organizer of the conference is the University of Silesia in Katowice (hereinafter referred to as the Organizer), in particular the Doctoral School of the University of Silesia in Katowice, as well as the "Zagreus" Philosophers’ Scientific Society and partners.
The event will be held on the dates set by the Program Committee, which reserves the right to make changes to the program.
The official languages of the conference are Polish and English.
Only speakers approved by the Scientific Committee and Program Committee have the right to actively participate in the conference. As to the the convention part, only guests invited by the Program Committee have the right to actively participate in the event. The speakers and the guests are hereinafter referred to as Participants.
By applying to the conference, the Participant expresses his consent to the processing of data constituting part of the application form on the website philosophycon.wixsite.com and repeated below: a. Submitting data via the form indicates giving consent for processing the former for proposal evaluation and program creation and distribution, as well as for your image, voice and necessary data being streamed over event-related social media and used during the event promotion, the event itself and afterwards. University of Silesia in Katowice is the data administrator in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. b. Expressing consent is tantamount to the fact that the Participant waives all claims (existing and future), including remuneration against the Organizers, for the use of his image/voice/speech for the purposes specified in the statement.
Accepted forms of active participation in the event are live lectures and recordings.
Active Participants declare that their speech does not constitute plagiarism and does not infringe the rights of third parties
As the aim of the event is popularization of science, the preferred form of presentation is oral (live or in the form of a recording), therefore the organizer kindly advises against readouts.
There are no fees associated with active and passive participation in the event.
Every participant of the event will receive an electronic certificate along with thanks for participation.