The international conference “ARTIFACTS, ARCHIVES, AFFAIRS. Perspectives on fan productions” is hosted by the Faculty of Polish Studies of Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in Europe, based in the beautiful and historical city of Cracow. Our faculty, apart from specializing in Polish philology and literature studies, is a thriving research center focused around popular culture, new media and games studies.
The venue itself is located right next to the Main Market Square, on Gołębia street 16. To find the room 42 where the discussions will take place, however, you have to enter through Gołębia 18 (straight down the corridor to the yard and then left – there will be signs guiding you). As the building is several hundred years old and sadly not fully accessible – there are some thresholds and heavy doors – please let us know if you have any mobility issues and we will provide help with moving around.
If you wish to explore Cracow’s historic centre, we encourage you to take part in our free Walkative! guided tour around the Old Town on Sunday afternoon. It will take approximately 2,5 hours and start between St. Florian’s Gate and Barbican – please feel free to ask for the details.
Please note that most shops in Poland are closed on Sundays – some small corner shops, especially around the old town should be open, but plan your shopping accordingly.
For lunches we recommend the following places nearby the conference’s venue:
La Grande Mamma, 26 Market Square – Italian restaurant
Café Botanica, Bracka 9 – for something lighter (paninis, bagels, tarts etc.)
Polakowski, Plac Wszystkich Św. 10 – traditional Polish cuisine
Krowarzywa, Sławkowska 8 – vegan burgers (although the also vegan Farma is closer to Gołębia, we recommend Krowarzywa more)
Smakołyki, Straszewskiego 28 – Polish cuisine
Cyklop, Mikołajska 16 – Italian restaurant
Hot Chili, Pijarska 9 – Indian restaurant
Pierogowy Raj, Sławkowska 25 – wide selection of Polish pierogi
If you are planning to stay in Cracow a bit longer and have a free evening, you might want to visit Dziórawy Kocioł, a Harry Potter themed pub on Grodzka 50/1, Cybermachina Game Pub on Stolarska 11 (they have board games, gaming consoles and Guitar Hero available), or Tytano on Dolnych Młynów 10: postindustrial space turned cultural hub, it will give you a selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs.
The same tickets (valid for certain periods of time) work for both trams and buses. You can purchase them in the ticket machines found at most of the stops and in all vehicles (there is a yellow sign with a red A above the doors closer to the machine) although just in case the on-board machine happens not to work, we recommend buying your tickets before your ride if possible. Please remember to validate your tickets once inside. The stops closest to the conference’s venue are Teatr Bagatela, Filharmonia and Plac Wszystkich Świętych. City’s Main Train and Bus Stations (Kraków Główny) are within 25 minutes walking distance from the building.