Keynote Speakers

Professor Agata Bielik-Robson


received her PhD in philosophy in 1995. She works as a Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Nottingham and at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. She has published articles in Polish, English, French, Russian and German on philosophical aspects of psychoanalysis, romantic subjectivity, and the philosophy of religion (especially Judaism and its crossings with modern philosophical thought). Her publications include books: The Saving Lie. Harold Bloom and Deconstruction (in English, Northwestern University Press, 2011), Judaism in Contemporary Thought. Traces and Influence (coedited with Adam Lipszyc, Routledge 2014), Jewish Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity: Philosophical Marranos (Routledge 2014) as well as Na drugim brzegu nihilizmu [On the other shore of nihilism] (1997), Inna nowoczesność [Another modernity] (2000), Duch powierzchni: rewizja romantyczna i filozofia [The spirit of the surface: romantic revision and philosophy] (2004), ‘Na pustyni’. Kryptoteologie późnej nowoczesności [‘In the desert’. Cryptotheologies of late modernity] (2008), Żyj i pozwól żyć [Live and let live] (2012). She is a co-editor of Bamidbar. The Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, which appears in English three times a year in Passagen Verlag, in Vienna.


Professor Gregory Claeys 


 was born in France and educated in Canada and the United Kingdom, receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1983.  He has taught in Canada, Germany and the U.S. and since 1992 has been Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Machinery, Money and the Millennium: From Moral Economy to Socialism (Princeton University Press, 1987), Citizens and Saints: Politics and Anti-Politics in Early British Socialism (Cambridge University Press, 1989), Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought (Unwin Hyman, 1989); The French Revolution Debate in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850–1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Searching for Utopia: the History of an Idea (Thames & Hudson, 2011; German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese editions), Mill and Paternalism (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Dystopia: A Natural History (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Gareth Stedman Jones) The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and some fifty volumes of primary sources and edited critical essays. His next book, A Pelican Introduction to Marx and Marxism, will be published in April 2018.

Gregory Claeys is editor of the series, “Palgrave Studies in Utopianism” (Palgrave-Macmillan) and is the leading coordinator of the “Utopolis” project of European utopian bibliography, translation and republication. In 2015 he was elected to the Academia Europaea/The Academy of Europe, History and Archaeology Section (one of 237 members in Europe). In 2016 he was elected Chair of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe). He has held a Senior Research Fellowship in the History of Ideas Unit, Australian National University, Canberra (February‑April 1993), and been visiting professor at Keio University, Tokyo (June‑July 1995), the Faculty of International Studies, University of Hanoi (December 2008), the Centre for European Studies, School of Government, University of Peking (March 2009, April 2011), and Visiting Erasmus Professor, ELTE University, Budapest (May 2016). Amongst other venues, he has spoken at the Edinburgh Literary Festival (2011), the Oxford Literature Festival (2011), and the Cheltenham Literature Festival (2016).


Professor Mirosław Przylipiak


, professor of film and media studies in University of Gdańsk, film critic, translator, documentary filmmaker. His main publications include the books Kino stylu zerowego/Zero Style Cinema (1994), Kino najnowsze/New Cinema (1998), Poetyka kina dokumentalnego/ Aesthetics of documentary cinema (2000, sec. ed. 2004), three books on American direct cinema, about 150 academic papers on various aspects of film and media, and numerous film reviews. He translated nearly 30 books, mostly from the fields of psychology and film, and some poetry. He also made several documentary films and series of television educational programmes. Mirosław Przylipiak was a founder and first managing director of Academic Educational Television of Gdańsk University. He has been awarded many grants and fellowships, from the Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Higher Education, among others. His main areas of interest are: aesthetics of cinema, documentary film, American direct cinema, and Polish cinema.