April 18, 2022

Keynote Speakers

Zbigniew Greń

Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Greń is a full professor at the Institute of Western and Southern Slavic Studies at the University of Warsaw. In 1996-1999 he was the deputy director of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, from 1999 to 2007 the director of this Institute, and in 2005-2012 he was the vice-dean of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, from 2012 r. is its dean.

A graduate of Slavic philology with a specialization in bohemistics at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where in 1979 he received a master’s degree, in 1985 a doctor of humanities. In the years 1983-2012, he was employed at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where in 1994 he obtained the degree of habilitated doctor, and in 2002, the title of professor. Since 2002, also professionally associated with the University of Warsaw.

The areas of his scientific activity are: Slavic linguistics, especially bohemistics and Silesian studies, including the issues of the Silesian-Czech-Slovak border in Cieszyn Silesia, and the branches of his linguistic interests are: sociolinguistics, lexicology, dialectology, semantics and syntax in comparative, Czech and Polish interdisciplinary research, including the relationship between language and identity. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications, including 4 original and 2 co-authored books.

He is, inter alia, a long-term member of the Committee of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, its chairman in its current term of office, as well as a member of the International Committee of Slavists , a member of the Polish-Czech Scientific Society (a scientific secretary), an ordinary member of the Warsaw Scientific Society, a member of the Sociolinguistics Commission at the International Committee of Slavists, of the Council of the Center for Research on the Culture of Warsaw and of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He participates in the works of editorial teams and scientific councils of journals: Cognitive Studies | Études cognitives, Nová čeština doma a ve světě, Prace Filologiczne, Rocznik Slawistyczny.


Halina Kurek

Doctor of philosophy with habilitation, halina.kurek@uj.edu.pl; a researcher of changes in the Polish language used in towns and villages in the 20th and 21st centuries from the sociolinguistic and cultural perspective; the director of the Department of Cultural Linguistics and Sociolinguistics at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow; the president of the Council for the Discipline of Linguistics at the Jagiellonian University; the president of the Sociolinguistics Commission affiliated at the International Committee of Slavists; the president of the Krakow Department of the Linguistics Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences; a member of the Linguistics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences; and a member of the scientific councils of the magazines: “Sociolinguistics” and “LingVaria”. Her published works include: Metodologia socjolingwistycznego badania fonetyki języka mówionego środowisk wiejskich [Methodology of Sociolinguistic Analysis of Spoken Language Phonetics in Villages] (based on the ex ample of several villages in the Low Beskids) (Kraków 1990), Przemiany językowe wsi regionu krośnieńskiego [Linguistic Changes in the Villages of the Krosno Region] (Kraków 1995), Przemiany leksyki gwarowej na Podkarpaciu [Changes in the Dialectal Lexis of the Sub-Carpathian Region] (Kraków 2003), Polszczyzna mówiona inteligencji [Spoken Polish of Intelligentsia] (Kraków 2008), and Przemiany fleksji nominalnej w polszczyźnie przełomu wieków XX i XXI [Changes in Nominal Inflection in Polish at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries] (based on the example of names and surnames, as well as appellatives).