Cultural Literacy in Europe: Second Biennial Conference, Warsaw 10-12 May 2017

10 May 2017 - 00:00

Venue: Staszic Palace, Warsaw

This international conference hosted by Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, aims to bring together new and innovative work in the field of literary and cultural studies. After the success of the 2015 conference, organised at Birkbeck College London, Cultural Literacy in Europe has developed into a thriving international organisation, with active membership and Special Interest Groups.

Cultural literacy is an ability to view the social and cultural phenomena that shape our lives – bodies of knowledge, fields of social action, individuals or groups, and of course cultural artefacts – as being essentially readable. Cultural literacy engages with interdisciplinarity, multilingualism and collaboration. It is a way of looking at social and cultural issues through the lens of literary thinking, employing communication, comparison and critique on a scale beyond that of one language or one nation-state, and avoiding abstraction. Furthermore, it is as much about innovation and creative practice – whether scholarly, artistic or social – as it is about analysis, and it very often brings these two methods together. The focus is on four fields of study: Cultural Memory, Migration & Translation, Electronic Textuality, and Biopolitics, Biosociality & the Body.

Keynote speakers

  • Espen Aarseth, University of Copenhagen
  • Isabel Capeloa Gil, Catholic University of Portugal
  • Willie van Peer, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
  • Roma Sendyka, Jagiellonian University

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