36th IHSR Conference “Between Necessity and Choice: Existential Dilemmas in the Human Life-World”, Jelenia Góra, Poland, July 11–14, 2017

36th IHSR Conference “Between Necessity and Choice: Existential Dilemmas in the Human Life-World”, Jelenia Góra, Poland, July 11–14, 2017



Organized by the Karkonosze College in Jelenia Góra,

the City Museum “Gerhart Hauptmann House” in Jelenia Góra,
the Faculty of English of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland,
and the International Communicology Institute, Washington, DC, USA

On the campus of the Karkonosze College in Jelenia Góra, Poland
(Karkonoska Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa w Jeleniej Górze,
ul. Lwówecka 18, 58-503 Jelenia Góra)


Scientific Committee


Organizational Committee


Program Committee


Steen Halling

Scott D. Churchill

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk

Richard L. Lanigan

Daina Teters

Marian Ursel

Lech Witkowski

Zdzisław Wąsik (President)


Józef Zaprucki (Director)

Julita Zaprucka

Kamila Binek (Rector’s Plenipotentiary for International Cooperation)

Agnieszka Kaszewska

Stanisław Gola

Grażyna Malczuk, Chancellor


Rebecca Lloyd (Counsellor)

Monika Jaworska-Witkowska

Piotr Czajka

Katarzyna Gęborys

Dorota Juźwin

Ewa Tomaszewicz

Elżbieta Magdalena Wąsik (Coordinator)


The leitmotif of this conference inscribes itself into the borderlines of the applicative research domains of biological psychology, existential and mundane phenomenology as well as anthropological linguistics. Departing from the distinction between the environment of living organisms determined by their subjective expressions of realized needs (Umwelt) and the life-world of man created on the basis of communicated contents of needs, values and ideologies (Lebenswelt), it alludes to three orders of biological-natural, linguistic and cultural modelling of the real world by human subjects who possess the quality of self-awareness. The primary model of reality is localized on the level of animals that act through physiological centers of effectors and receptors in the domain of instinctive indicators and appealing signals. The secondary model is referred to the extralinguistic reality of everyday life construed by the use of verbal means of meaning- creation and communication which occurs as such only in the realm of the human selves. The tertiary model, including the secondary one is specified as the totality of the meaningful sphere of language and culture and civilization where the representations of imagined and communicated reality are shaped by artistic creativity in accordance with value- and action-oriented principles. Special emphasis is put on the purposive nature of choice in opposition to the determinative nature of necessity. In a global measure, the questions will be posed how the necessity and choice relate to environmental conditionings resultant, for example, from social limitations, obligations or  requirements as well as from the individual sense of freedom, compulsion or responsibility in the actions of the participants of human communication. And in a local measure, the topics of a detailed elaboration may be such attributes of necessity and choice as: causality, compulsiveness, consequentiality, determinism, efficacy, facultativeness, favorability, freedom, hardship, intentionality, naturalness, responsibility, predictability, preferentiality, reversibility, etc.


University scholars, independent researchers and students, interested to take part in the “IHSRC’2017”, will be asked to send to the address: ihsrcn@gmail.com their abstracts including 200 words and a bionote including 150 words, prepared on the form available here or through correspondence. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by two members of the Scientific and Program Committees.

Moreover please register online following the link available here.

The amount of the conference fee (early bird 200 EUR or 880 PLN and regular 250 EUR or 1100 PLN) has been calculated on the basis of expected expenditures on the basis of self-financing costs.

The fee should be paid to account of Karkonosze College in Jelenia Góra with the information: “conference fee  IHSRC’2017, participant’s name, 200 (250) Euro/880 (1100) PLN”.

The details for the bank transfer (amount to be received in Polish currency - 880 (early bird) or 1100 (regular) are as follows:


Bank account owner: Karkonoska Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa w Jeleniej Górze

Address: ul. Lwówecka 18, 58-506 Jelenia Góra

Name of the bank: BZ WBK S.A. o/Jelenia Góra

Bank account number: PL90 1090 1926 0000 0005 1400 5976 


Notice: the bank account is run in the local currency, Polish zloties.

Those who have paid their conference fee will be asked to send the bank confirmation of the fee transfer to  IHSRC Network: ihsrcn@gmail.com. This fee is non-refundable after the date following the final registration.


Additional questions regarding the accomodation at the Karkonosze College Halls of Residence on the campus may also be sent to the member of the Organizational Committee, Kamila Biniek: kamila.biniek@kpswjg.pl.


Important dates:

Early bird sending of abstracts – from November 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017 EXTENDED TO January 31, 2017



Notification of review process – directly after evaluation of the abstract


The date for the final sending of abstracts – January 15, 2017  EXTENDED TO February 20, 2017

The date for the early bird fee payment (200 Euro) and registration – February 6, 2017  EXTENDED TO February 20, 2017

Early bird fee payment in Polish zloties - based on the average currency rate - 880 PLN


The date of the final payment of the regular fee (250 Euro) and registration – March 6, 2017  EXTENDED TO March 15, 2017

Regular fee payment in Polish zloties - based on the average currency rate - 1100 PLN