The Coming Humanities.
(Forthcoming:) “EREGNAT EM ILON. Elitarne i jego koczownicy” [“EREGNAT EM ILON. The Elitist and her nomads”], Anthropos?, n 28/ 2019. ISSN 1730-9549
ABSTRACT: The essay is an attempt at capturing the secret of the symbiosis between the elitist humanities cultivated at the high-ranking universities and the academic outsiders. The problem at its core is the persistent lack of eminence of Polish humanities in the international context (that the author interweaves with her personal lack of eminence in the Polish context, creating a game of palindromes). Trying to indicate possible causes of this situation, the author comments on the marginalization (and self-marginalization) of the outsiders searching for new paths, the derived character of the approaches produced in Polish mainstream academia, as well as the narrowness of conservative corpus that Polish scholars work on; lacking originality is shown as a consequence of a relative poverty of new, unexplored materials. As an example of a dynamic, expanding corpus, studied in the leading academic contexts but not in Poland, the author brings about several examples of nomadic literature (the songs of Fulani shepherds, a novel by a Saudi writer, the modern poetry of Najd).
“Stawanie się Orientem. Wyprawy Europejczyków do Mekki jako doświadczenie transkulturowe późnej epoki kolonialnej” [“Becoming the Orient. European travels to Mecca as a transcultural experience of the late colonial period”], Litteraria Copernicana, no 1(29)/2019, p. 111-119. ISSN 1899-315X; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/1 0.12775/LC.2019.009
ABSTRACT: The aim of this paper is to reflect on the European hajj (travel to Mecca) as a transcultural experience in the context of the late colonial period. The interpretation of the case of Lawrence of Arabia, proposed in the Orientalism by Edward Said, is taken for the starting point. This classical diagnosis is confronted with the narrations speaking about the travel into the heart of Arabia as a spiritual journey, read as a testimony of a progressive overcoming of the orientalization as a condition limiting, in the first place, the Western subject, unable of experiencing fully the orientalized reality. After the exploration of Richard Burton, the figures of the converts from the first half of the 20th century, such as Harry St. John Bridger Philby, Evelyn Cobbold and Muhammad Asad gradually achieve a deepened transcultural experience on the road to Mecca.
“Khouribga a sprawa polska. Zwycięstwo życia nad kulturą w pisarstwie Fouada Larouiego” [„Khouribga and the Polish Cause. The victory of life over culture in Fouad Laroui's work”], Teksty Drugie, no 4/2018, p. 297-309. ISSN 0867-0633; DOI: 10.18318/td.2018.4.18
ABSTRACT: Beginning with a presentation of Fouad Laroui’s novella Les noces fabuleuses du Polonais, Łukaszyk outlines its potential in Polish post-colonial studies understood as an analysis of Poles’ participation in the Eastern Bloc’s neo-colonial project. She essentially proposes a threefold reading drawing on post-colonial theory, gender and transcultural studies. Juxtaposing the novella with the novel L’insoumise de la Porte de Flandre Łukaszyk is able to describe Laroui’s message in more depth. The writer not only tackles Morocco’s neocolonial experience, characterized by the arrival of Polish ‘contractual’ specialists. Above all he invites readers to destabilize their identity and to liberate themselves from the corset of mental automatisms – a corset acquired whenever culturally transmitted paradigms are treated as an absolute.
“Wielość Gwinei. W poszukiwaniu kategorii opisu dla transkolonialnej Afryki Zachodniej” [“Plurality of Guineas. In search of analytic categories for the transcolonial West Africa”], Intelektualiści afrykańscy wobec doświadczenia dyktatur, Wojciech Charchalis, Renata Diaz-Szmidt, Marcin Krawczuk, Małgorzata Szupejko (eds), Warszawa – Poznań, ASPRA-JR, 2018, p. 243-256. ISBN 978-83-7545-873-2
“Raczyński w Portugalii. Spuścizna 'zderzenia kultur'” [“Raczyński in Portugal. The heritage of a cultural clash”], Postscriptum Polonistyczne, no 1 (21)/2018, p. 27-43. ISSN 1898-1593; doi:10.31261/PS_P.2018.21.02
“„Literatury mniejsze” w perspektywie studiów afro-europejskich. Od niderlandzkiej inskrypcji Kronik abisyńskich Mosesa Isegawy do rewindykacji katalońskości przez Najat El Hashmi” [“Minor literatures in the perspective of Afro-European studies. From the Dutch inscription of Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa to the Catalan vindication of Najat El Hashmi”], Niewłasne lektury. Od pisarstwa w języku wyuczonym do wielości kultur czytania, Ewa Łukaszyk, Krystyna Wierzbicka-Trwoga (eds.), Warszawa , DiG, 2018, p. 69-80. ISBN 978-83-2860-032-4
“Nowe triangulacje. Literatura portugalskojęzyczna po luzofonii” [“New triangulations. The literature in Portuguese after the Lusophony”], Literatury mniejsze Europy romańskiej, vol. 3: Pośród literatur świata, Barbara Łuczak (ed.), Poznań, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Adama Mickiewicza, 2017, p. 25-39. ISBN 978-83-232-3270-4
“Al-Andalus: transkulturowa przestrzeń pamięci” [“Al-Andalus: transcultural space of memory”], Przegląd Orientalistyczny, no 1-2/2016, p. 131-140. ISSN 0033-2283
ABSTRACT: Al-Andalus becomes a deterritorialized space of memory in which the notions of past cultural and intellectual excellence are used as a legitimization for contemporary aspirations of new societies, such as that of the United Arab Emirates. Andalusian texts and figures, such as the Lament for the Fall of Seville by Abu'l-Baqa' al-Rundi or the legendary “aviator” Abbas Ibn Firnas are digitalized in new interpretations made accessible in the Internet and reinvented in the consumerist culture. The memory of Al-Andalus forms a basis for a non-Western formulation of new universalism, fostering, at the same time, the necessity of reintroducing the term in the discourse of the contemporary humanities.
“Nowa geografia teorii. Francja i jej partnerzy w debacie postsekularnej” [“New geography of theory. France and its partners in the post-secular debate”], Sensus Historiae, vol. XX, no 3/2015, p. 149-160. ISSN 2082-0860
ABSTRACT: As the main thesis of this article, we claim that the Atlantic circuit of ideas, in which the classical postmodernism took its definite shape, has been replaced by a Mediterranean one. In this new “geography of theory,” France, Italy and Maghreb are the main partners of the post-secular debate. The seminar on Capri in 1994, where Derrida met several Italian thinkers to pose the emergent problem of the “return of the religion” is considered as a symbolic breakthrough in this domain. The participation of the Islamic thinkers has been thence posted as a requirement. Nonetheless, the essential point to be taken into the account is the symptomatic turnover: the Maghrebian thinkers speak the language of the Enlightenment, while the European ones tend to incarnate the “spirit of the Desert.” The scheme identifying “knowledge” with Europe and “faith” with the Maghrebian counterpart is no longer valid. The new circuit of ideas is put into practice on account of the lack of synchronisation between the theoretical approaches, which oscillate between “too late” and “too early,” “not yet” and “no more.” The deconstruction of religion is realised through the dismantling of the theology (and of the concept of community based on theological consensus); its place is taken by the individual mystical experience. Due to this process, the metaphor of the “automaton chess player” proposed by Walter Benjamin is no longer valid; breaking the circle of revolution and terror, forming the catastrophic paradigm of the modernity, becomes possible. In ultimate terms, the utmost challenge of the deconstruction epitomised by the “spectre of Derrida” is to support yet another translation and to carry out a crucial mediation in the Mediterranean.