Prof. Dr. habil. Ewa A. Łukaszyk is a comparativist and innovative theorist developing the notions of cultural transgression and extracultural becoming of man. She is active in global history of ideas and literary studies, with special interest in the Mediterranean and Islamicate areas; she has also a considerable experience in the study of the Lusophone world.
She is a prolific scholarly author, with seven major books, as well as approx. 300 other contributions (peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, edited volumes, reviews, translations, works-in-progress and experimental essays), written in Polish, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. She maintains academic contacts and publishes in some 20 countries, contributing to both established and emergent academic communities.
The bulk of these publications is distributed among various topics and fields of research in which she has been active, such as Romance medieval and early-modern studies, Arab and Islamic studies, Mediterranean studies, Maghrebian and Euro-Maghrebian studies, Latin American and African Lusophone studies, as well as metropolitan literatures with special relevance given to Portugal, France and Spain, in a variety of comparative, translocal and transcultural approaches.
Her most daring contribution to the humanities consists in questioning the human beyond the frontiers of the cultural. At the end of the road, she has in view a theory of man not only as a maker, but also as a transgressor of culture, striving to achieve an extracultural condition of comfort, intimacy and authenticity, beyond the perimeter of culturally predetermined constraints and servitudes. In order to provide palpable ground for this theory, she gathers a highly idiosyncratic corpus of literary texts proclaiming insufficiency, discomfort or impossibility of a complete immersion in culture.
On the other hand, she develops a research field in history of ideas, centred on the Mediterranean as a major crossroad of Judaic, Islamic and Christian theologies and ritual codifications. The questioning of these contradicting paradigms, rooted in a persistent tradition of heterodoxy and mysticism, nurtures, as she claims, extracultural aspirations and endeavours throughout the centuries. In this field of research, she is particularly interested in the pre-modern and early-modern criticism of language as a receptacle of insufficient and limiting, culturally predetermined modalities of expression. It led to various attempts at "recovering" the pre-lapsarian, Adamic tongue and the so-called language of angels. Concomitantly, the question of Adamic tongue, debated throughout the Middle Ages, may be interpreted as an early, intuitive way of conceptualising a non-cultural condition of man, projected onto the times of paradisiacal beginnings.
From 1997 to 2018, Ewa Łukaszyk 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. She resigned from her teaching position due to the political and social downfall of her country, switching to a well-pronounced identity of an international 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. Currently she is a fellow-in-residence at CY Advanced Studies (Parisian region).
Privately, she is a traveller, photographer, polyglot and collector of books in various languages. She is interested in falconry, horsemanship and traditional Arabian lifestyles.
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 with such ideas as multidimensional symbolic space, cultural transgression, transculture and extracultural becoming of man.
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.
2020-2021. CY Advanced Studies fellow-in-residence, France. Research project "Mystical legacies and cultural transgression in the contemporary Euro-Mediterranean writing".