Language of Empowerment

“Language of Empowerment” is an annual seminar series organized at the Faculty of English AMU as part of the International Week for Equality and Inclusion. Through this event, we aim to raise awareness of the dangers of discrimination and contribute to the global debate on values such as acceptance and equality, in accordance with the UNESCO proclamation that:

“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace." (UNESCO's 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance).

Every year, the “Language of Empowerment” features lectures delivered in English and Polish.

So far, we have had the honor to host:

2022

Full playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB8KLm8pw-qgb_QMLLzzB54OPvLUTmBUx

Emma Dawson Varughese, Manipal Centre for Humanities, MAHE, Manipal, India
Feminist empowerment and visual language: An analysis of Neelima P. Aryan’s short graphic story ‘the prey’

Katarzyna Bronk-Bacon, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century epistolary lessons on ageing and old age
https://youtu.be/Vz6k8FXQKBM

Tomasz Wicherkiewicz, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Language policies as tools of empowering marginalized language communities
https://youtu.be/9z3l6E3rtOs

WA Student Council, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Male, female, and non-binary students: Initiatives of the Student Council and the student community
(lecture delivered in Polish)
https://youtu.be/c16JgHgVSQI

Dorota Zyskowska, Porsche Polska
Equality in business: From theory to practice
(lecture delivered in Polish)
https://youtu.be/MrzLydIXjyk


2021

Full playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB8KLm8pw-qisUci8qhn2EQ79H68ndL8r

Kornelia Boczkowska, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Horsey is not a metaphor: Human-animal relations, gender and the body in experimental film
https://youtu.be/p098pFDVAyg

Joseph N. Cooper, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston
Anti-Racism, Inclusive Excellence, and The A.R.C. of Justice Framework: A New Paradigm for Sport Leadership
https://youtu.be/eHxVIAwtDKo

Magdalena Zabielska, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
It gave the impression that I wasn’t welcome: Foreigners’ disempowering experiences with healthcare institutions in Poznań
https://youtu.be/4qCXinBThgc

Monika Browarczyk, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Ants among elephants. Auto-/biographical narratives of exclusion and marginalisation in India
(lecture delivered in Polish)
https://youtu.be/_n4J6qpCG94

Dariusz Drążkowski, Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Research-based methods of preventing the activation of stereotype threat at universities
(lecture delivered in Polish)
https://youtu.be/oNQJGTX2Rus


2020

Full playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB8KLm8pw-qiYbtVe0IZV7q9eA8b59b18

Samuel Bennett, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
'We' are good, 'they' are bad: Using language to exclude
https://youtu.be/UfzKum3OZzw

Katarzyna Burzyńska, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
(In)visible and (dis)abled bodies: English early modern dramatists stage pregnant embodiment
https://youtu.be/1QIVaCIwCdw

Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Gender specification of nouns naming people in Polish: Toward social inclusion and equality?
https://youtu.be/IW_esNjWcb8

Rafał Jończyk, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
“Women are struggling with task”: How stereotype threat affects creativity in female engineers
https://youtu.be/K1k5gxgxdks

Błażej Warkocki, Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
From subversive art to queer literature: Non-heteronormativity in Polish culture
(lecture delivered in Polish)
https://youtu.be/9HqsXttNC4o

Joanna Śmiecińska (Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan) & Jowita Wycisk (Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
LGBT+ families in Poland: From minority stress to social change
(lecture delivered in Polish)
https://youtu.be/zH5EwllE3Co