No End: Twenty Years into Krzysztof Kieslowski's Second Life

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Piotr Florczyk / Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California
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No End: Twenty Years into Krzysztof Kieslowski's Second Life

University of Southern California

October 13-14, 2016

No End is a two-day special conference celebrating the continuing impact of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film legacy while commemorating twenty years since his untimely death at the age of 54. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of French and Italian at the University of Southern California and in conjunction with the Los Angeles Polish Film Festival. The concept of this event is to bring together both scholars that wish to present critical papers on Kieślowski’s cinema as well as artists who have been influenced and/or inspired by his work. It is a unique interdisciplinary event that will consists of both academic and artistic panels on Thursday and Friday, October 13-14. Alongside panel presentations by professors, graduate students and artists, we will have two guest speakers that will be giving keynote lectures on each day: Sławomir Idziak (cinematographer of "A Short Film About Killing," "The Double Life of Veronique," and "Blue") and Polish film director Janusz Zaorski. The conference will also include a screening of Zaorski's recently completed film “Generations” that tells the story of Polish history through film using footage from 50 Polish classics; and Kieślowski’s "The Double Life of Veronique."

We are currently soliciting proposals for the two types of panels, taking place October 13-14, 2016. Please include a presentation title, and a short description of your academic paper and/or artistic work influenced by Kieslowski. We are open to scholarly papers as well as to poetry readings, visual art displays and short film clips alongside discussion. We also welcome a combination of the two, a traditional paper with a creative presentation. For instance, you may propose screening clips from an original work, read a poem, unveil a sculpture or painting, and provide an abstract for a corresponding academic paper that ties in a critical reading of a particular Kieslowski film with its creative impact on your art.

Please send your proposals to Guillermo Rodríguez ( and Piotr Florczyk ( by Friday, September 30th. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.