Autoportret. The quarterly on good space

Friday 3 April 2009, 8:00 pm

Polish Institute

Autoportret. The quarterly on good space

presentation of the newest issue "Death in Central-Europe"
From series: Space of culture

3 of April 2009., 6 pm

In this issue "Autoportret" magazine draws a link between a topic (death) and an area (Central Europe). What is striking is not so much the intensive presence of the subject of death but the peculiar touch of irony which often accompanies the subject in the area.

In the issue, among others:

- Wittigo Keller, curator of Funeral Museum in Vienna, describes specific and unique Viennese attitude towards death which consists in irony, macabre and psychosis.

- Vladimir Czumalo writes about cemetery for meritorious Czechs in Vy¹egrad, Prague.

- Matú¹ Dulla gives an outline of peaceful philosophy of wooden war cemeteries designed by Du¹an Jurkoviè.

- An interview with Krzysztof Varga – about essence of Hungarian attitude towards death – suicide and heroic death

- Małgorzata Szumowska talks about dying in Masuria and her documentary ‘What’s to be afraid of?’

"One of the clichés often used both by popular journalism analyzing current affairs and by the more serious sociological and anthropological research is that the contemporary world, which, as hardly as any before, has undertaken to do away with all taboos, but has made death its main taboo. Even the recent media popularity of the subject cannot fully convince us that the tendency should change significantly in the near future." (from the introduction to the issue, Emiliano Ranocchi)

All articles in English available online

Participants of the discussion:

- Emiliano Ranocchi (editor of the issue "Death in Central-Europe") – born in Italy. Having completed his secondary education in a classical grammar school, he studied Slavonic studies and German philology in Urbino. He holds a PhD from the Sapienza University of Rome. He is an editorial secretary of ‘Autoportret’ magazine. Currently he gives lectures on Polish literature at Institute of East European Languages and Culture in Udine.

- Piotr Krasny (author of the issue "Death in Central-Europe") – senior lecturer, art historian. He works in Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University. His researches focus on history of art in modern Central Europe, especially in the eastern lands of the old Polish Republic. He was one of organizers of exhibition of Polish baroque art in USA and Canada (Land of the Winged Horsemen, 2000).

- Joanna Nowostawska-Gyalókay (editor of the issue "Death in Central-Europe") –graduated from Hungarian Philology at Jagiellonian University. She organizes lectures about Hungarian culture in Malopolski Culture Institute. Currently she also works in the project ‘Małopolska Wielu Kultur’ (‘Multiculture Malopolska’) that promotes cultural diversity of Małopolska.

- Nóra Kovács (author of the issue "Death in Central-Europe") – anthropologist of culture, she holds a PhD from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She conducted researches on anthropology of politics, ethnic minorities and migrations. Currently she focuses on anthropology of dance.

The discussion will be moderated by Gergely Péterfy - writer, author of the novel "Death on Buda".

Polish Institute
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