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.
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. In the atmosphere of political, social and academic crisis after the advent of the ultra-conservative "Law and Justice" party in her country, she resigned from her teaching position, switching to the identity of itinerant, transnational scholar. Recently, she has been a Calouste Gulbenkian fellow in Portugal, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in France, a guest researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands and, again in France, a fellow-in-residence at CY Advanced Studies. She maintains academic contacts and publishes in some 20 countries, contributing to both established and emergent academic communities.
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 English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Polish. The bulk of these publications is distributed among various topics and fields of research in which she has been active, with special focus on the Mediterranean and Islamicate areas; she has also a considerable experience in the study of Lusophone world. She works in medieval and early-modern studies, with a focus on transcultural aspects, transgressive imagination and religious heterodoxies. She also analyses contemporary literature in a variety of comparative, translocal and transcultural approaches.
Her most daring contribution consists in examining the human on the brink of the cultural. At the end of the road, she has in view a theory of man not as a maker, but first of all as a transgressor of culture, striving to achieve an extracultural condition of authenticity, comfort and intimacy laying beyond the perimeter of culturally predetermined constraints and servitudes. She explores insufficiency, discomfort or impossibility of complete immersion in culture.
She also explores a research field in history of ideas, centred on the Mediterranean as a major crossroad of heterodoxy and mysticism, creating permanent, complex tensions with the dominant Judaic, Islamic and Christian theological and ritual codifications. Searching for traces of extracultural aspirations and endeavours throughout the centuries, 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. She studies the history of idiosyncratic attempts at "recovering" the pre-lapsarian, Adamic tongue and the so-called language of angels. Concomitantly, she interprets the question of Adamic tongue, debated throughout the Middle Ages, as an early way of conceptualising a non-cultural condition of man, projected onto the times of humanity's paradisiacal beginnings.
Privately, she is a traveller, photographer, polyglot and collector of books in various languages. She is interested in art, falconry and traditional lifestyles across the Islamic/Islamicate world.
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 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 concepts 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 (LUCIS Centre for Islam and Society).
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".