Ewa A. Łukaszyk (b. 1972) is a comparativist and an innovative theorist developing the notion of extracultural becoming of man. She is active in global literary studies, with special interest in the Mediterranean and Islamicate areas; she also has a considerable experience in the study of the Lusophone world.
She is a prolific scholarly author, with seven major books, as well as nearly 300 other contributions (edited volumes, journal articles, book chapters, reviews, translations, works-in-progress and experimental essays published online), written in Polish, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
The bulk of these publications is distributed among various topics and fields of research of her interest, such as Romance medieval and early-modern studies, Arab and Islamic studies (including post-secular approaches to Islam), Mediterranean studies, Maghrebian and Euro-Maghrebian studies, metropolitan literatures with special relevance given to Portugal, France and Spain, African Lusophone literatures, in a variety of comparative, translocal and transcultural approaches.
She also develops a highly idiosyncratic research field dealing with maverick, individualistic attempts at radical transgression of the cultural as the primary human modality of being. Such pursuits often involve the transgression of culturally predetermined boundaries of expression. They are exemplified in mystical endeavours and other attempts at voicing heterodox religious viewpoints, the search for pre-lapsarian, Adamic tongue or the so-called language of angels, and similar legacies intertwined in the history of Christianity and Islam.
From 1997 to 2018, she was employed at the leading Polish universities, Jagiellonian University in Kraków and the University of Warsaw, acquiring both a tenure and the official full professor title (so-called "profesor belwederski"). She resigned from her teaching position due to political and social changes in Central and Eastern Europe, switching from the intense involvement in Polish national humanities that characterised the first twenty years of her career to a well-pronounced identity of a European scholar. Recently, she has been a Calouste Gulbenkian fellow in Portugal, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in France and a guest researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
research philosophy and scholarly itinerarium
1972. Born in Lublin, eastern Poland.
1992-1997. Studies in Romance languages and literature at the University Marie Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin and the University of Lisbon.
1997-2006. Teaching duties in Portuguese & Lusophone studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
1998-1999. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant; postgraduate studies in comparative literature at the University of Lisbon.
1999. Doctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University.
2000. Współczesna proza portugalska (1939-1999). Tematy, problemy, obsesje.
2000. Camões Institute research grant, Portugal.
2000-2001. Oriental studies at the Jagiellonian University.
2002-2003. Starting grant of the Foundation for Polish Science.
2003. Terytorium a świat. Wyobrażeniowe konfiguracje przestrzeni w literaturze portugalskiej od schyłku średniowiecza do współczesności. Habilitation degree.
2005. Pokusa pustyni. Nomadyzm jako wyjście z kryzysu współczesności w pisarstwie José Saramago.
2006-2018. Associate professor at the University of Warsaw.
2007. (ed.) Archipelagi wyobraźni. Z dziejów toposu wyspy w kręgu literatur romańskich.
2010. Historia literatur iberoamerykańskich (with Nina Pluta).
2012. Beginnings of experimentation in transcultural humanities.
2015. Imperium i nostalgia. "Styl późny" w kulturze portugalskiej.
2016. (ed.) Nie tylko salon. Wspólnotowe formy życia literackiego.
2016-2017. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation research grant, Portugal.
2017-2018. Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, France. Research project on Adamic language.
2018. Humanistyka, która nadchodzi. W poszukiwaniu kondycji transkulturowej.
2018. (ed.) Niewłasne lektury. Od pisarstwa w języku wyuczonym do wielości kultur czytania.
2018. Official title of full professor in Poland.
2018-2020. Guest researcher at Leiden University, Netherlands.
2019. Mgławica Pessoa. Literatura portugalska od romantyzmu do współczesności.
Book projects in progress:
Seductor's Old Age. José Saramago at the end of life and other essays.
Tesserae. Cultural transgression and circulation of ideas in the Mediterranean.
Eroticism of Trace.
Intrusive Spirit of the Desert. Islamic thinkers and Europe.
Eremos. Beyond the cultured condition.
The Book of the World. Collected essays in comparative literature.