Serendipitous research for emergent concepts
Approaches crossing the boundaries of traditional disciplines are fashionable. Yet even against this background, my research may appear as characteristically serendipitous. The principal aim of those varied endeavours is to collect materials for my transcultural project. As a consequence, it's not easy to present my experience in a coherent way. It forms a pattern of overlapping patches that start to make sense only as a part of a quite differently scaled conception. Nonetheless, several keys may be used to organise it into convincing and meaningful landscapes.
Evidently, some parts of my research is realised in the framework of financed programs, both individual and collective.
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In order to diversify the conceptual and geographical scope of my research, I've put into practice a program of intellectual travels that took me to diverse intellectual and cultural contexts, situated as far as Morocco or Malaysia or as close as Roumania.
Along with this geographical key, my research is evidently connected to several long-term book projects that are supposed to establish an intersection between diverse areas of studies.
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Along with these keys, the classical attempt at situating my research in relation to typical areas of studies may be relatively less promissory. Such an approach seems more justified as far as this page is also an approximation to an archive, summarising diverse threads of research I realised at an earlier stage of my development.
The main load of my intellectual effort is employed in the contemporary humanities. Nonetheless, several collateral areas of interest that have appeared at different stages of my academic career still play an important role in my research, furnishing material and inspiration for theoretical elaboration.
Comparative Literature has been an important area since my studies in Romance philology in Poland and in Portugal. Primarily I was interested in all the literatures of the Romance area, including the minor, such as Occitan and Catalan. Over the years, this interest developed into a comprehensive study of world literature.
Portuguese & Lusophone Studies are my primary area of academic expertise. Both my doctoral and habilitation dissertations concerned different aspects of the Portuguese literature. I've also published on Brazilian literature, Lusophony and several Portuguese-speaking authors in Africa.
Mediterranean Studies, including Maghreb Studies, occupied a growing place among my reasarch priorities since 2006, when I started realizing extensive teaching activities in the curriculum of "Mediterranean Civilization" at the University of Warsaw. Special relevance given to Amazigh cultural emancipation appeared in consequence of my research trip to Morocco in 2013. In my Mediterranean investigations, I try to conjugate the Romance and the Orientalist expertise.
Medieval & Early-Modern Studies are inherent to my original philological formation. Nonetheless, this area acquired a crucial importance since 2012, when several medieval and early-modern topics entered my project of Transcultural Humanities. In this perspective, the intellectual past of the Iberian Peninsula, including the heritage of al-Andalus and the Christian authors such as Ramon Llull, is of central importance.
As a specific research interest, since 2010 I've also engaged into the area of Falconry.