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Current Trends in Human Sciences 2021/2022

Current Trends in Human Sciences is the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary series of lectures with eminent researchers from Jagiellonian, Poland, and abroad. As a part of curriculum in the Doctoral School in the Humanities is mandatory but it is open to all participants from the University.

6.10.2021 r., 14:30-17:15

13.10.2021 r., 14:30-16:00

17.11.2021 r., 14:30-16:00 

24.11.2021 r., 14:30-16:00 

01.12.2021 r., 14:30-15:15

Topics:

1. Ways of ordering society in the Roman world: ethnos, polis, cult, association

2. Judaeans at home: a famous ethnos and mother-polis. Conflict with Rome political and social.

3. Judaean expatriates abroad: resident aliens (not a religious minority); ‘conversion’ as attraction to foreign ways

4. Christ-followers of various kinds: suspect voluntary associations

5. Outside views of Jews (Judaeans) and Christians: Pliny, Celsus, Porphyry, Julian

08.12.2021- 14:30-17:15 

'The place of archaeology in the interdisciplinary study of castles (part 1)'

The aim of this course is to present the scope and role of archaeological research and the interpretation of its results in the interdisciplinary discourse on the history of castles and possible ideas for their conservation, reconstruction and adaptation. The lecture will present selected examples from Poland, including a medieval residential tower in Siedlęcin near Jelenia Góra.

15.12.2021- 14:30-16:00

'The place of archaeology in the interdisciplinary study of castles (part 2)'

The main topic of the lecture will be a discussion of the validity of typology and classification of castles. Their assumptions, bases, criteria and objectives will be presented. The topic will be illustrated by several examples - mainly from the area of present-day Poland.

12.01.2022 r., 16:00-18:15

19.01.2022 r., 16:00-17:30

1) Bodies of Politics: Somaesthetics, Somapower, and Microphysics of Emancipation (3 hours)

The aim of the lecture is to analyze the resistance to the oppressive power in the everyday life with the stress on bodily practices which become the vehicle of emancipation. The research project is located at the intersection of two important, but never adequately researched, theoretical fields: the body as a vehicle of social critique and the relation between everydayness and politics. I would like to address these two issues by discussing the debates on them unfolding in the contemporary social sciences and humanities. This will enable me to identify the existing gaps and suggest how they could be bridged. My main argument is that we need an adequate concept of the relations between the body and power, which can emerge from the pragmatist tradition, developed and improved in this respect by Richard Shusterman’s neo-pragmatism.

2) Individual Experience and Social Change (2 hours)

This lecture explores the interrelationship between individual experience and social change. Starting with Mark Fisher's interpretation of Herbert Marcuse's emancipatory theory, I turn to the general question of the role of experience in the construction of an alternative vision of society and culture.

The Comparatist's Two Bodies: Culture as Experience and Culture as Archive.

02.03.2022 r., 14:30-15:15

09.03.2022 r., 14:30-16:00

16:03.2022 r., 14:30-16:00

Marta Figlerowicz is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Yale University, where she is also affiliated with the Film and Media Program and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She is the author of two books, Flat Protagonists and Spaces of Feeling, and many articles in peer-reviewed venues as well as popular ones. She works across over six languages on topics including twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, film and new media, philosophy, and theories of cultural comparison.

"The Comparatist's Two Bodies" presents early work from Prof. Figlerowicz's book manuscript by the same title. The book revisits early twentieth-century debates over the grounds for cultural comparison, with a particular focus on the embodiment and subject position of the comparatist herself. On that basis, it offers new perspectives on how comparative literary and cultural study can engage with questions of race and intersectionality.

Dimensions of the Religious. Towards a Synthesis of Current Approaches in the Study of Religion.

03.03.2022 11:00-13:30

10.03.2022 11:00-13:15

Abstract
The talk will firstly address several topics that are relevant for the study of religion, especially the conceptualization of religion. The second part suggests a concept of religion that covers four dimensions, namely experience, material embodiment, cognition, and social regulation. This concept might provide a synthesis of earlier and current approaches to religion, namely sociological, psychological, and material approaches."

Understanding the nature of language and mind: biological foundations of language

23.03- 14:30-17:15 

30.03- 14:30-16:00

The Humanities in the Making

06.04.2022- 14:00-16:15 

07.04.2022- 12:00-14:30

This course introduces recent discussions about the history and practices of humanities scholarship through the example of the emergence of modern historiography. The course will be based on the book, Modern Historiography in the Making, to be published by Bloomsbury in March 2022. However, doctoral students are encouraged to consider how the arguments of the book relate to their own projects. Those who want to present their projects and receive feedback must mail a short summary of their project idea (two to three pages in English) to the guest lecturer, at the latest on April 4th (eskild@ruc.dk).

April 6, 14.00-16.15: The Humanities in the Making

The first session discusses why it makes sense to study the humanities in the making. We will investigate how one can study the processes and practices of knowledge production in the humanities. The discussion will be based upon the introduction (“Between past and present), chapter 5 (“The study”), and chapter 6 (“The state archive”).

April 7, 12.00-14.30: The Purpose of the Humanities

The second session will discuss how studies of humanities in the making influence our understanding of the purpose and meaning of the humanities. We will examine the normative - moral and political – significance of humanities scholarship and why it matters what we uncover. The discussion will be based upon chapter 1 (“The lecture hall”), chapter 4 (“The art cabinet), chapter 7 (“The seminar”), and the epilogue (“The purpose of historiography”).

 

You can read more about the guest lecturer here:

https://forskning.ruc.dk/en/persons/eskild

You can read more about the book here:

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/modern-historiography-in-the-making-9781350271470/

11.05.2022 13:00-15:30 

18.05.2022 13:30-15:15 

Opis:

The Tamil Rāmāyaṇa of Kampaṉ: A South Asian Masterpiece

Lecture 1, 11.5.22: Introducing Kampaṉ and his World

Lecture 2: 11.5.22: A Poet for Everyone: Jains, Priests, Prostitutes and Blacksmiths

Lecture 3: 18.5.22: Kampaṉ’s New Poetics: Lyricism, Landscape, and an Inscrutable God

Lecture 4: 18.5.22: Dialogue and Character: Lakṣmaṇa, Sītā, Rāvaṇa

Probably all speakers and readers of Tamil would agree that Kampaṉ, the twelfth-century author of the Tamil Rāmāyaṇa, composed a masterpiece of universal stature. His Irāmāvatāram, in 10,000 mesmerizing musical verses, articulates the values and concepts of an entire civilization at the height of the Chola period, when Tamil had become a world language spoken far beyond the borders of South India. His Tamil viruttam verses are accessible in translation even to readers without knowledge of Tamil. We will read some passages together, focusing on questions of poetic praxis in relation to the ancient Tamil Sangam poems and their grammar and on Kampaṉ’s profound delineation of character and voice. Tradition says that Kampaṉ improvised the entire text in two weeks while sitting in the temple of Tiruvŏṟṟiyūr while the goddess Bhadrakāḷi herself held up a burning torch during the nights so he could inscribe the verses on palm leaves. Tamil literary tradition has many other eloquent stories about Kampaṉ, about his rivalry with the great Chola court-poet Ŏṭṭakkūttar, and about the first public performance, or publication (araṅkeṟṟam), of the book in the Srirangam temple. Taken together, these stories provide us with incisive oral literary criticism of one of the great South Indian poets and help explain the secrets of his art.

25.05.2022- 14:30-17:00

01.06.2022- 14:30-17:00

TBA

“Over-heritagization”? Values and roles of cultural heritage in contemporary societies.

7 czerwiec 12:00-14:30

8 czerwiec 12:00-13:30