Cultural Literacy in Europe: Second Biennial Conference#

Venue: Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, Nowy Świat 72, Warsaw
Date: 10-12 May 2017

Conference website#

This international conference hosted by Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, aims to bring together new and innovative work in the field of literary and cultural studies. After the success of the 2015 conference, organised at Birkbeck College London, Cultural Literacy in Europe has developed into a thriving international organisation, with active membership and Special Interest Groups.

Cultural literacy is an ability to view the social and cultural phenomena that shape our lives – bodies of knowledge, fields of social action, individuals or groups, and of course cultural artefacts – as being essentially readable. Cultural literacy engages with interdisciplinarity, multilingualism and collaboration. It is a way of looking at social and cultural issues through the lens of literary thinking, employing communication, comparison and critique on a scale beyond that of one language or one nation-state, and avoiding abstraction. Furthermore, it is as much about innovation and creative practice – whether scholarly, artistic or social – as it is about analysis, and it very often brings these two methods together.


CLE 2017 conference is dedicated to the issue of motion, which is crucial for understanding the conteporary human condition and geopolitical processes taking place recently. The other key term is emotion, which contextualizes this movement and localizes it in human affectivity - feelings, motives and perceptions.

Keynote speakers#

Espen Aarseth, IT University of Copenhagen
The Complex Cultural Objects and Practices we for Some Reasons Call Games

Isabel Capeloa Gil, Catholic University of Portugal
Emotional Necropolitics from Antigone to bin Laden

Willie van Peer, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
What Literature Does to us. And how do we Know?

Roma Sendyka, Jagiellonian University Krakow
Erica Lehrer, Concordia University, Montreal
'Ackward Objects of Genocide': Reading and Curating Affect with Pluralist Cultural Literacies

Draft programme#


Program Committee:#

  • Madeleine Campbell
  • Robert Crawshaw
  • Mary Gallagher
  • Daniela Koleva
  • Maciej Maryl
  • Naomi Segal

Local Organizers:#

  • Anna Barcz
  • Dorota Jarecka
  • Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman
  • Paweł Mościcki
  • Justyna Tabaszewska
  • Marek Zaleski
  • Łukasz Bukowiecki (conference secretary)
  • Krzysztof Kłosiński

Staszic Palace, Warsaw
Staszic Palace, Warsaw
Venue: Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, Nowy Świat 72, Warsaw

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