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Michał P. Markowski

Michał Paweł Markowski is the Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature and Head of Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 
He is also the Artistic Director of the Joseph Conrad International Literary Festival in Kraków, and a Member of the Academic Council of the ‘Interzones’, the first Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program, selected and funded by the EU for its innovative and challenging approach to the Humanities. The author and editor of over twenty books on philosophy and literature, translated into several languages, including Black Waters: Gombrowicz, World, Literature (2004) and Polish Modern Literature: Leśmian, Schulz, Witkacy (2006). He also edited or translated works by Schlegel, Proust, Barthes, and Deleuze and received severalimportant literary and academic prizes in Poland, including Kościelski Prize (1998), and Kazimierz Wyka Prize (2011). He is now working on a collection of his travel writings and a book entitled Dual Transmission: Subjectivity and Textuality in the Western Tradition.