Discourses of Exclusion

Nicolaus Copernicus University 

Lab for Exclusion and Alienation Research (LEAR), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences 

Institute of Literary Studies, Faculty of Humanities 

The University Center of Excellence “IMSErt – Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments”  

Deputy Rector for equality 

AVANT Project 

Institute for the Prevention of Exclusion

Discourses of Exclusion:   Theories and Practices 

22-25 June 2023 
Toruń, Poland

The way we imagine discrimination or disempowerment often is more complicated for people who are subjected to multiple forms of exclusion.

We must not imagine a world of discourse divided between accepted discourse and excluded discourse, or between the dominant discourse and the dominated one […] We must make allowance for the complex and unstable process by which discourse can be both an instrument […] of power, but also a hindrance, a stumbling block, a point of resistance and a starting point for an opposing strategy.

The conference examines the discourses of exclusion in contemporary sciences and societies. By adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, we wish to explore various forms and spaces of exclusion and the practices through which some subjects are alienated, dehumanized and objectified, situated outside culture and society. We are interested in exploring real-life contexts and experiences and scientific projects and theories – schemes, normative systems and relations that produce such exclusionary discourses. We wish to focus on both the theoretical and practical aspects of exclusion as these are the elements that (co-)create discourse.     

We do not wish to limit the range of possible topics but invite intersectional proposals from the fields of philosophy, sociology, literary and cultural studies, women’s studies, gender studies, studies of monstrosity, otherness and exclusion, interdisciplinary analysis of cultural texts and practices, discourse analysis, refugee studies, border studies, animal studies, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities.  Both regular papers and posters are welcome; the posters are to be accompanied by a short presentation of the work, followed by discussion. We are planning to organize workshops, roundtable discussions, poster sessions and meetings with activists and artists. 

Keynote speakers: TBA 


Abstracts of 150-200, containing the title of the paper or poster and the author’s name and affiliation, accompanied by a short biographical note, should be sent to the following address: pracowniawykluczenie@umk.pl  


Abstracts submission deadline: 1 May 

Notification of acceptance: 15 May 


Conference fee: 

150 EURO / 400 PLN
  • publication costs and keynote lectures
  • workshops
  • coffee breaks and a conference dinner for onsite participants

The conference is planned as an onsite event, with the option of online participation in special cases.  If there is enough interest, we will provide child care during the conference. 

 The conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of Avant, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. For more information about the journal, please visit http://avant.edu.pl/en/. The complete paper should be sent to the conference organizers by 30 June 2023 

Organizing committee: 

  • Anna Kola   
  • Katarzyna Więckowska   
  • Aleksandra Derra 
  • Anna Branach-Kallas  
  • Michał Bomastyk   
  • Witold Wachowski 
  • Tomasz Markiewka  
  • Natalia Jaworańska   
  • Jakub Wojtasik  
  • Ewa Falkowska 



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