The Senses in Polish Culture


The Senses in Polish Culture. Representations of the Human Senses in Language, Literature, and Art from the Middle Ages to the Present.

The project is devoted to the issues of sensuality interpreted as a historically variable set of forms representing the human senses (e.g. sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, the body). The research purpose of the project is to present sensuality in a wide cultural context – e.g. literature, language, art, philosophy, folk culture, history, theatre – and a variety of problems associated with each of the senses.

The subject of the project (to be extended in the future) is sensuality in Polish culture. So far, with more than 1000 articles published and accessible online, The Senses in Polish Culture is one of the biggest thematic encyclopaedia in the humanities. The system of hypertextual connections between articles provides the users with digital knowledge-discovery opportunities. The access is free after registration.



National Library of Poland
The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences
The Ethnographic Museum in Toruń
The National Museum in Warsaw
Art Museum in Łódź
Jewish Historical Istitute

Project Team

The team of the project consists of members of the Department of Historical Poetics at the Institute of Literary Research, the Polish Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Team leader and project manager: Włodzimierz Bolecki, PhD, Professor.
Postdoctoral Fellows: Tamara Brzostowska-Tereszkiewicz, PhD; Paulina Kierzek-Trzeciak (until 2012), PhD;, Agnieszka Kluba, PhD; Magdalena Rembowska-Płuciennik, PhD; Beata Śniecikowska, PhD.


The National Center for Research and Development: Project number: 17 0005 06/2009