Polish Studies Bulletin


Date of the event: 22.06.2020 - 30.06.2020
Added on: 10.02.2020

Cultures of Dissent in Eastern Europe (1945-1989): Research Approaches in the Digital Humanities

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This 7-day seminar in digital humanities research methods is designed to expose a new generation of scholars in Cold War history and culture to methods of analysis and discovery involving computational techniques. Designed and run by NEP4DISSENT (New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent), COST Action 16213, the inspiration for the course is built around the transfer of knowledge from technologists and data scientists to humanists.

In the course of the 7-day session the participants will have hands-on experience with the entire life cycle of a digital humanities project design, leading to a single, tangible outcome in the form of a fully searchable and interactive dataset usable for art-curatorial purposes. Faculty are drawn from several disciplines and areas of specialization, in close cooperation with: the Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA); the History Department at CEU; the Department of Network and Data Science at CEU; the Department of Hungarian Literature and Cultural Studies at ELTE; the COURAGE H2020 project; the Center for Digital Humanities at the Institute of Literary Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (CHC); CLARIN-Poland; the Center for Digital History at the University of Luxembourg (C2DH); and the LAB1100 in The Hague.

The focus of this year’s Cultures of Dissent SUN course will be conceptual mapping. In addition to our usual practice of using digital history methodologies to track events and movements of historical actors, we will conduct several thought experiments on how these methods might work with intellectual history and political thought. Some of our work towards this goal will be entirely analog, and resemble a typical seminar-style discussion, while other methods will include mining secondary literature, graphing institutional intersections, and cross-referencing different kinds of oppositional activities (academic, artistic, musical, performative, design) over time. As with all of our research in NEP4DISSENT, this training school will work across national contexts and languages, to truly reflect the diversity of cultural contexts in the region, and to push against the limits of comparative history.

Pre-SUN online sessions: In order to guarantee that the final outcome of the course is directly relevant to the research and curatorial practice of the participants, we would hold at least three online sessions (not necessarily synchronous) prior to July. They would be devoted to identifying and assembling relevant materials from existing archival collections, online databases and other resources for research resources. Core faculty (Labov, Bunout, Perczel, Maryl, Scheibner, and Wciślik) will lead this process, but will also engage the archival staff at relevant institutions (Blinken OSA, ArtPool), as well as the proto-participants in the course. We will aim to make our datasets correspond to each of the 4 research-oriented working groups of the COST Action: Surveillance and Counter-Surveillance; Grey Zone; Alternative Culture; Politics of Memory.

Days 1-2: The first two days of the SUN course would be devoted to the curating of materials (pre-selected with the course faculty from larger archival collections during the pre-course online sessions), and feature lectures on the historical and cultural specificity of the materials, the archiving process and provenance, and conceptual issues that arise when trying to standardize idiosyncratic and incomplete records of human activity. In addition to lectures, we will have hands-on practical sessions, broken down into groups by area of expertise, in order to complete the data curation process. Our two specialists in data modeling, Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels from nodegoat.net, will begin to work with the participants on setting up the datasets in the nodegoat environment.

Days 3-5: Once we have a reliable data model and textual corpus, we will use three digital humanities methodologies (text mining, mapping, and network analysis) to explore and visualize different relationships that can be traced between actors, objects, and other variables identified in the materials. The format of these days will follow a pattern: 1) lecture and demo, 2) break-out sessions with practical experiment, 3) group discussion of results, successes, limitations of the methodology. This will effectively be a pilot version of a larger goal of our COST Action, to create digital resources to help scholars make new connections in the area of dissent and oppositional activity: across languages, media, and even periods of Cold War history. We will be joined by specialists in each of the respective methodologies, some drawing on local expertise.

Days 6-7: The last two days of “Digitized Dissent” would focus on the larger, disciplinary implications of using these digital humanities methodologies to bring new knowledge to our research area. There are several norms of scholarship, archival practice, and even exhibition practice that are challenged by digital research and approaches, and we would like the group to consider the academic benefits, ethical issues, and institutional resistances that they are likely to encounter. The final outcome of our last two days will be a concrete plan for a public-facing project, a working plan for scaling up from our pilot study, or proposals for a series of articles (or even special issue of a single journal) using digital humanities methods to explore East European cultures of dissent.

Post-course Follow-up: For the SUN course to achieve its larger objectives, it will be crucial for us to follow up with participants afterwards and evaluate who would be willing to carry out plans developed during the course, who would benefit from more training, and how we might supplement our 7-day intensive workshop with periodic updates on COST Action progress.

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Convention and Revolution: Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods

PROGRAMME November 29th-December 1st, 2017 November 29th, 2017 (Wednesday) Room 144 9.15-9.45 REGISTRATON 9.45-10.00 OPENING & WELCOME Mikołaj Sokołowski (Head of the Institute of Literary Research, PAS) 10.00-11.30 KEYNOTE LECTURE Philippe Lejeune, The personal journal of Émilie Serpin (1863-1881) Chair: Anna Nasiłowska, Mikołaj Sokołowski 11.30-11.45 COFFEE BREAK 11.45-12.45 Monika Rudaś-Grodzka, Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska, Ewa Serafin-Prusator, Emilia Kolinko, Marta Taperek, Project: The Women’s Archive: Writing Chair: Anna Nasiłowska 12.45-13.15 COFFEE BREAK 13.15-15.15 PANEL I Chair: Dobrochna Kałwa Marta Taperek, How Many Hands Has Been Involved in Making This Manuscript? The Confession of an Archivist Lucyna Marzec, In Private Archives Svetlana Tomic, “Inferior” Researchers of the “Marginal” Subject Grace Pundyk, Reading the Invisible: Letters between the Living and the Dead 16.30-18.00 PANEL II Chair: Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz Anna Pekaniec, Strategies of Writing a Letters/Strategies of Creating Identity in Letters Written by Eliza Krasińska née Branicka Maria Berkan-Jabłońska, Portrait and Self-Portrait of a Woman on the Basis of the Printed and Handwritten Literary Output of Sabina Grzegorzewska née Gostkowska Tiina Kinnunen, Feminist Biographies as Sources for a Feminist Biography: Methods of Reading Biographies as Political Texts Grażyna Kubica, Personal Ethnographic Writing of Polish Women-Authors 19.00 GALA DINNER November 30th, 2017 (Thursday) 9.30-10.30 (Room 144) KEYNOTE LECTURE Cynthia Huff, Mind the Gaps: Victorian Women Writing Subversion into the Archive Chair: Lucyna Marzec, Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska 10.30-10.45 COFFEE BREAK 10.45-12.45 PANEL III (Room 132) Chair: Lucyna Marzec Edyta Pętkowska, Maria and Mary – from Literature to Parallel Biographies Magdalena Ożarska, Mary Shelley’s and Claire Clairmont’s Self-Writing about Reading Karolina Krasuska, Mina Loy and the Function of the Autobiographical PANEL IV (Room 144) Chair: Anna Michalska Anne Y. Brinton, The Missionary’s Wife: Martha Foster Crawford and the Politics of Rebellion Natalia Voloshkova, Aspiring to Freedom: Mary Hamilton’s Life Writing at the Crossroads of the Two Centuries Pedro Urbano, The Forgotten Journals of D. Maria Constança da Câmara, Marchioness of Fronteira Zsuzsa Török, Scribal Publication: A Nineteenth Century Alternative. The Diaries of Baroness Jozefa Wesselényi 12.45-13.15 COFFEE BREAK 13.15- 15.00 (Room 144) KEYNOTE LECTURE Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, The Archives of Those Who Write Themselves: What and Where Are the Issues? Chair: Natalia Judzińska, Anna Nasiłowska 17.00-19.00 PANEL V (Room 132) Chair: Anna Nasiłowska Anna Dżabagina, The Mourning Diaries: Hanna Nałkowska’s Journal from 1942 to 1945 in the Light of Zofia Nałkowska’s Literary Wartime Diaries Julia Lewandowska, Passions of the Soul: Mystic Experience in the Early Modern Nun´s Spiritual Autobiographies as Dissident Languages Ewa Krzywaźnia-Bachryj, Faces of Disagreement. Women towards their Submission and Males Domination in the Light of Selected Memoirs PANEL VI (Room 144) Chair: Jolanta Żyndul Samira Saramo, From “Iron Women” to Ironing Women: Reading the Extraordinary and the Everyday in Finnish Immigrant Women’s Life Writing Katarzyna Czerwonogóra, Between Europe and Palestine: Women’s Autobiographies as Sources for Writing a New History of Zionism Alexis Peri, Friendship amidst Cold War: Soviet and American Pen Pals Anna Frączek, Letters of Galician Rural Women to the Editors of the “Piast” during the First World War December 1st, 2017 (Friday) 9.30- 11.00 (Room 144) Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Workshop: The Archives of Those Who Write Themselves: What and Where Are They? 11.00-11.15 COFFEE BREAK 11.15- 12.15 KEYNOTE LECTURE (Room 144) Andrea Pető, Life Story of Julia Rajk Revisited: Afterlife of a Biography Chair: Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Marta Taperek 12.15-12.45 COFFEE BREAK 12.45-14.15 PANEL VII (Room 144) Chair: Karolina Krasuska Andrea Feldman, Ivana Brlić Mažuranić: Trauma and Duties of a Fairy Tale Writer Khola Waheed, A Tale of Two Novels. A Comparative Study of Emma’ and My Feudal Lord Natalia Jakubova, Constructions of Parenthood in the Autobiographical Writings of Irena Solska (1875-1958) PANEL VIII (Room 132) Chair: Barbara Klich-Kluczewska Natalie Cornett, The Secret World of Female Letters: The Case of Narcyza Żmichowska and the Enthusiasts of Nineteenth-Century Poland Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska, Adela Kieniewiczowa’s Diary’s Keeping – Functions of the Practice Marzena Boniecka, The Room of Aniela Gruszecka 14.15-14.45 COFFEE BREAK 14.45-16.15 PANEL IX (Room 144) Chair: Joanna Partyka Siobhan Hearne, Prostitutes as Petitioners: Correspondence between Registered Women and the Authorities in Late Imperial Russia Tanya Chebotarev, Bridging the Gap: Iraida Barry in Istanbul (1920s-1950s) Marijana Kardum, Vinka Bulić’s Diary 1929-1934: Women’s Chronicle of the Royal Dictatorship 16.15-16.30 CONFERENCE RECAP CONFERENCE VENUE: Staszic Palace, Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 72 Nowy Świat Street

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