Kieslowski Call for Papers

To be held 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. Alongside panel presentations by professors, graduate students and artists, there will be 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.”

The organizers are currently accepting proposals for both academic and artistic panels.  Submissions must include a presentation title, and a short description of your academic paper and/or artistic work influenced by Kieslowski. Scholarly papers, poetry readings, visual art displays, musical performances and short film clips alongside discussion are all welcome. A combination of both a traditional paper with a creative presentation will also be accepted (e.g. 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.)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 30, 2016 and should be sent to Guillermo Rodríguez ( and Piotr Florczyk (

October 13-14, 2016
No End: Twenty Years into Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Second Life
University of Southern California