The expression I use may be misleading. What I mean is in fact the realization of a concept that comes from very far behind. What distinguishes my "experimental seminars" among other teaching activities is the return to an idea that a university professor should speak about the things he or she researched directly, principle valid in the German academia a century and more than a century ago. In Poland, I'm afraid, such a requirement may be regarded either as absurd or at least as counter-effective. The normal practice is to transmit a kind of impersonal sum of knowledge, perhaps considered as an "objective" and truly "scientific" vision of the matter being taught. In practice, such a course is based on reading and explication of texts, reconstruction of ideas that don't come from the lecturer himself or herself. It may work efficiently as a way of transmitting certain skills or flows of information, yet such a functional basis of the academic practice makes derivation stand for originality.
Even if I can rarely see that classical paradigm in my own academic context, I cannot avoid the consciousness that a lot of intellectual progress has been done through innovative seminars or cycles of lectures that start from a living research field and become books at the end of the year. If those lessons of masters have disappeared from the current academic practice, they require an urgent reactivation as a live performance of the idea in the state of becoming. This is why I conceived several originally designed courses that first of all serve to create new wholes, taking my previous research as a kind of raw material in need of a higher degree of organization. I believe they are essential as a demonstration of a knowledge-in-progress.
TRANSCULTURAL HUMANITIES SEMINAR
(winter semester 2015)
Doctoral seminar dedicated to the emergent theory. Team formation.
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FALCONRY: A GLOBAL CULTURAL PRACTICE
(winter semester 2015)
Open seminar dedicated to history and present of a traditional man/bird relationship.
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FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONSKondycja transkulturowa jako wyznacznik powszechnej przestrzeni literackiej - ujęcie topologiczne, paper presented at the conference "Między dyskursami, sztukami, mediami. Komparatystyka jutra", organized by the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw and Polish Comparative Literature Association, Warsaw, 17-19.03.2015. Full version of the essay will be published in conference proceedings.
Zachęta do humanistyki transkulturowej
EROTICISM: A NOTION IN CULTURAL THEORY AND CRITICISM
(spring semester 2016)
The main idea of this seminar is to redefine the Agamben's concept of "forma di vita" (originally used to render the singularity of the Franciscan order among other forms of monasticism) in such a way as to consider eroticism as a source of forms of life.
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SEMINARS FOR A PROJECT
Realized at the College of Liberal Arts, University of Warsaw, in the framework of the project "Strategies of introducing and and evaluating transdisciplinary curricula and research projects in universities in context of the reform of higher education in Poland" (POKL.04.01.03-00-002/11, co-financed by the European Social Found – Human Capital, IV, 4.1.3.):
THE DESERT: SPACE OF ENCOUNTER
(winter semester, 2013/14)
Experimental seminar built up around of the notion of the Desert issued from the monotheistic tradition.
The Desert represents the void, empty space that is the primary condition of any creative endeavor. As opposed to the city, Desert is free from human constructions; it opens thus the crucial opportunity of an encounter with what is radically non-human: with the divine - and all the monstrosity of the divine, revealed in the temptation of Saint Anthony.
The temptation of the Desert as a space of an anti-philosophical eroticism appears in Nietzsche. The opposition of the nomad and the city-dweller is productive in Kafka, and thus in Deleuze and Guattari.
For Agata Bielik-Robson, the suspended existence bemidbar, between Egypt and the Promised Land becomes a parable of our time. For myself, the forgotten modality of anachoresis, the crucial "exit" towards the Desert, becomes a warrant of originality, the ever-lasting promise of an absolute beginning. READ MORE>>>
FALCONRY: MAN / BIRD RELATIONSHIP
(spring semester, 2014)
The seminar dedicated to the history of a specific cultural practice: falconry is inscribed in the context of athrozoology (human/animal studies). READ MORE>>>
INTELLECTUALS AND THE GLOBAL CULTURAL REALITY
(spring semester, 2015)
Seminar dedicated to the figure of the intellectual, originally related to the secularizing order of Western modernity. At present, this figure acquires a global importance as the intellectuals become crucial factors of change also in non-Western cultural dynamics. READ MORE>>>
As the culminating moment of this seminar, we are organizing a conference under the same title, which will take place on 13th June, 2015. CALL FOR PAPERS>>>