8 November 2016
Eleven professors and researchers from seven universities and independent research institutes from Europe, USA and Canada took part in the international scientific conference "Gombrowicz désemparé", dedicated to life and work of the Polish writer.
Organized by the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada with the support of the University of Quebec in Montreal the all-day scientific session was an important and interesting event, showing different optics of research, analysis and exploration of the works of one of the most interesting Polish writers of the twentieth century.
By providing a critical analysis of some of his works, the participants pointed out the undoubted merits of Gombrowicz in the development of Polish and world literature, presenting him as a model of lonely and independent intellectual, struggling with the pain of creating and at the same time uncompromising and unmasking universal human vices.
The conference was supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa, and the Polish Academy of Arts. It was attended by prof. Dominique Garand - Université du Québec à Montreal, prof. Jerzy Jarzębski - Jagiellonian University, prof. Michael Oklot - Brown University, USA, prof. Margaret Smorąg-Goldberg - Sorbonne University in Paris, Dr. Jan Sowa - Jagiellonian University and the Polish Academy of Sciences, prof. Tamara Trojanowska - University of Toronto.