Classes affiliated with the AAL

At its meeting of September 27, 2010, the »Artes Liberales« Academy Council decided that as of the 2010/2011summer semester, it will grant the status of classes affiliated with the »Artes Liberales« Academy to selected courses from the range offered by the confederated universities.

Participation in these classes will be recommended to the Academy’s students; to students from outside the AAL, it will offer the opportunity to apply for one-semester academic traineeships at the »Artes Liberales« Academy.

The status of classes affiliated with the AAL may be granted to a course directly connected with the work of existing or specially established research teams, based on the recommendation of an AAL Council member from the university offering the course in question.

At its meeting of January 15, 2011, the AAL Council granted the status of classes affiliated with the AAL to the course “Interdisciplinary literary and linguistic research involving advanced technologies - studies on the presentation of erotic relationships in contemporary Spanish and Polish prose” from the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Iberian and Latin American Studies.

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Students taking part in the course will be involved in developing innovative interdisciplinary literary and linguistic studies that take advantage of the possibilities offered by advanced technologies. Students will take part actively in the work of the team at the UW Institute of Iberian and Latin American Studies researching how erotic relationships are presented and categorized in contemporary Spanish and Polish prose. In class, students will investigate the possibilities of a test version of a database whose concept was developed by the aforementioned team. The results of tests conducted during classes will be of fundamental importance for developing the database’s next version.

The classes will be taught jointly by project manager Ł. Grützmacher (PhD) and team members B. Jaroszuk (PhD), E. Kunicka (PhD) and K. Moszczyńska (PhD). In each group, two classes per semester will be taught by invited experts.

Full description:

After being presented with basic information on the context (the moral transformation linked to the political transformation that took place in Spain in the second half of the 1970s and in Poland at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s; major trends in Polish and Spanish prose in the last 30 years), a theoretical introduction (structural analysis of prose, narrativism, cognitivism) and some training in entering data using the system’s interface, each student will begin processing a Spanish or Polish novel of their choice. The processing will be divided into stages, the results of work at each stage will be presented and discussed in class. After correction in class and during individual consultations, students will enter their results into the database. Credits will be based on entering the complete data accepted by the teacher - the result of processing a given novel - into the database.

Detailed program of classes

  1. Presentation of the research project and the database; description of the tasks of the course participants and the stages of work on the selected novels (Feb. 14; Łukasz Grützmacher, PhD)
  2. The anthropological and sociological approach to issues of gender, the body and erotic relationships; the relation between literature and society (Feb. 21; Katarzyna Moszczyńska, PhD)
  3. The project’s literary theory foundations (Feb. 28; Prof. Zbigniew Kloch)
  4. Social and moral transformation in Spain after 1975 (March 7; Prof. Tadeusz Miłkowski)
  5. Major trends in the contemporary Spanish novel (March 14; Katarzyna Moszczyńska, PhD, and Elżbieta Kunicka, PhD)
  6. Analysis of a selected Spanish novel (March 21; Katarzyna Moszczyńska, PhD, and Elżbieta Kunicka, PhD)
  7. Major trends in the contemporary Polish novel (March 28; Barbara Jaroszuk, PhD)
  8. Social and moral transformation in Poland after 1989 (April 4; Łukasz Grützmacher, PhD, and Barbara Jaroszuk, PhD)
  9. Analysis of a selected Polish novel (April 11; Barbara Jaroszuk, PhD, and Łukasz Grützmacher, PhD)
  10. The project’s linguistic foundations (April 18; Prof. Jadwiga Linde-Usiekniewicz)
  11. Work on the novels chosen by the students:
    - the most important questions and problems emerging in the course of processing texts in the first stage of processing the novel (May 9; all the teachers, as far as possible)
    - brief presentations of the individual projects, remarks from the teachers, discussion in the group, discussion on the problems emerging in the second stage of processing the novel (May 16, 23 and 30; all the teachers, as far as possible)
  12. Summary, presentation of the module for conducting research with the help of a database (June 6; Łukasz Grützmacher, PhD)