In November Jolanta Wrobel Best travelled to Washington DC, with the aid of an NCIS Conference Support Grant, to take part in a panel on Polish literature at the 2016 Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Jolanta reports that the conference was interesting and that her presentation, on the panel in Comparative Literature: Polish Writers and the West, went well. Her paper focused on "Semantic Significance of Canadian Images in Julian Kornhauser’s Been and Gone: An Intercontinental Debate on History, Being, and Time," in which she examined Canadian images in Been and Gone (2001) by Julian Kornhauser (1946- ) and stressed the Edmonton Elegies (Elegie edmontońskie) that were written by the poet in Edmonton, Canada, far away from Poland and Polish language and culture.

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