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Wrocław is the hometown of the Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), and the region of Lower Silesia is a place of work of outstanding philosophers and mystics, among whom Jakub Boehme (1675-1624) seems to be the most important. The city of Wrocław dedicated the year 2022 to Edyta Stein (1891-1942), one of the most prominent students at the University of Wrocław, who, as a phenomenologist, strove for the depth of the experience of the “inner man”, which she expressed in her writing activity. For this reason, we would like to invite you to participate in the international conference dedicated to the broadly understood mystical experience in culture and science, as well as to the commemoration of Edith Stein.
Mysticism, a philosophical and religious current occurring in various cultures and religions, recognizes the existence of mystical experience seen as an act and / or state of direct communication and union of a human being (or each individual conscious being) with ultimate reality. Most often, this reality is defined as an impersonal absolute or a perfect personal being on which the essence of any other being is founded. This transcendence in the general religious context performs the function of a sacrum. William James (1842-1910), who included mystical experience as Religious Experiences (1902), indicated the distinguishing features such as: ineffability, noeticism (the accompanying enlightenment revealing and covering at the same time), transitory (relative transience) and passivity (of the experiencing subject).
Empirical experience, the seemingly infallible link between the individual and reality, has no justification of its own, it demands validation through reason, ratio. Also, mystical experience (that sudden and overpowering intrusion of the sacred into the individual) seeks its confirmation, understanding and expression through the word, logos, often a coded symbol, which then becomes the basis of a credo, a philosophical movement or an individual soteriological quest. Although the very “object” of the experience of transcendence, i.e., God/Goddess/Divinity, is indefinable and inexpressible, mystics usually try to express this experience in terms rooted in their tradition and culture. In this way, the mystical experience begins to function within an interpersonal and social framework.
Ecstasy is a special kind of theophany indicating a phenomenon of going beyond experienced by the ecstatic (followers, yogis, ascetics), but also by God/Goddess – crossing oneself towards the Other. While divine motives can be debated but never fully recognized, for the mystic their paths from aesthetics (sensual factors, esp. beauty) to the ecstasy become the only possible way of life. Thus, homo mysticus walks via mystica into transpersonal reality, the mystery of the coexistence of the Absolute and Creation, ineffable darkness, in mystical fear.
For this reason, we call mysticism: “[…] intensely aware experience of the sacrum “inside” man, as the highest or only value. […] The value of the sacred will be understood differently in mystical religions, which do not necessarily talk about a dialogue between the mystic and the Absolute, and differently in prophetic religions, which recognize the substantial separateness of the subject and object of mystical experience. Nevertheless, there will be a common element in both traditions, this conscious participation in the very center of holiness.” This sacred incursion, which takes over the human emotional and mental whole, and often also the body one, has many aspects.
In the space of transcendence, the individual “I” may temporarily disappear, leading to deification and the birth of a “new I”. In order to achieve mystical experience, various ascetic efforts are undertaken such as: sensory deprivation, meditation, silence, breathing techniques. There are many testimonies of experiencing the presence of the Divine, facing God/Goddess (to recall only the experience of Moses on Mount Sinai described in the Book of Exodus). Does God can make effort to encounter His Beloved? – the theme of mystical fusion or mystical love, combining mysticism with eroticism, returns in many forms in very different traditions (the concept of divine bhakti in Hinduism, Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Song of Songs, Sufi poetry). There are also divine entrances into the body of an ecstatic, as well as divine intoxication and other practices of transgression and divine madness (e.g., in Śaivism and Śakti left-hand tantrics, Tibetan Vajrayāna adepts, and Jurodivas in Russia). Then, secret knowledge, hidden from the world (e.g., the Vaiṣṇava tradition of Pāñćarātra, Pythagorean and Orphic teachings) may also be revealed. The divine presence was experienced during the ancient Greek or Egyptian mysteries, in religious and philosophical fraternities, and in later times in the circles of some secret societies (martinists, towians…). In the Christian tradition, mysticism, before it was associated with a specific form of spiritual experience, and on a philosophical and theological basis with knowledge of the apophatic type (the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius, Eriugena, and later Rhenish mystics), was associated with the mystery character of the Christian teachings reserved for the group initiated (Greek adjective μυστικός, “mystical”, shares the same root with the word for “mystery”, μυστήριον). Although mysticism should be distinguished from esotericism (and the related categories of gnosis or magic) – it is an expression of the pursuit of direct union with the Deity by crossing the sphere of the imagination, a key and indispensable factor in various esoteric currents – both of these spheres often interpenetrate with each other (for example in Jewish Kabbalah, Hermeticism and mystical alchemy, in Renaissance Neoplatonists who profess the concept of priscatheologia, and later in Jakub Boehme, Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, Emanuel Swedenborg, and the romantics inspired by them, or in later trend of perenialism).
Art appears both as a form of invoking the Deity and an expression of divine love and presence, ecstatic dance (in Sufis, in Kerala teyyam …), music and singing (South Indian Bauls, Ālvars and Nayanars …). Common literature – from the Arthurian cycle and the legend of the Holy Grail to Alef Jorge Luis Borges and the Night of Fire by Eric-Emanuel Schmitt, going through the works of Novalis, William Blake, Victor Hugo, and symbolists, provides countless examples of translating mystical themes into language of poetry and prose.
Mystical experience is also the subject of keen interest in the numerous varieties and currents of new spirituality, dynamically developing over the last decades (including the vast and diverse New Age culture), combining eagerly Far Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities. It is also a recurring theme in the broadly understood post-secularism, i.e., a trend of thought that questions or exceeds (in axiological, philosophical or sociological terms) the belief in the progressive secularization of the world. We can mention here works by Charles Taylor, John Caputo, Jacques Derrida, Emanuel Carrère or Julia Kristeva, and in cinematography, films by Bruno Dumont. Mystical experience becomes here an element of reinterpretation, transformation and a new reliving of religious experience and religious traditions in the world after the “death of God”, in which neither church structures based on dogmatism nor materialistic atheism, enclosing man in the pure immanence of the natural system, can no longer appear as satisfactory answers to basic questions about the human condition.
Although the phenomenon of mystical experience has been of such great importance for centuries in the cultural and personal context, it has become the subject of serious empirical, mainly neuroscientific, research only recently. The observations of the psychobiological activity of modern mystics (Carmelite Sisters, yogis and Buddhist monks who practice meditation) so far shed new light on the mechanism of inducing mystical experiences and lead to interesting comparative conclusions.
We propose that our scientific meeting should cover the following issues:
Mystical experience and biblical traditions
Mystical experience and world religions
Comparative studies on mystical experience
Mystical experience and its expression
Mystical experience and literature / theater
Mystical experience in post-secular contexts
Mystical experience in historical perspective
Mystical experience in the currents of Western esotericism
Mystical experience and philosophy
Mystical experience and neuroscience
Mystical experience and psychoanalysis
“Wild” mystical experience
Mystical experience in the works of Edith Stein
NOTES TO PARTICIPANTS:
Location of the meeting:
University of Wrocław
Institute of Romance Studies
pl. Bp. Nankiera 4, 50-140 Wrocław
Nina Budziszewska (UWr)
Marlena Krupa-Adamczyk (UWr)
Gianluca Olcese (UWr)
Tomasz Szymański (UWr)
Piotr Augustyniak (Pedagogical University of Cracow)
Sonia Maura Barillari (University of Genua)
Agata Bielik-Robson (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences,
University of Nottingham)
Nina Budziszewska (University of Wrocław)
Antonio Guerci (University of Genua)
Marzenna Jakubczak (Pedagogical University of Cracow)
Mirosław Kiwka (Papieski Wydział Teologiczny we Wrocławiu)
Marlena Krupa-Adamczyk (University of Wrocław)
Piotr Lorek (Evangelical School of Theology, Wrocław)
Il 1° luglio, Jarek Wist terrà un concerto con i più grandi successi della musica italiana degli anni ’50 e ’60! Al concerto si potranno ascoltare celebri canzoni dell’epoca della Dolce Vita – Volare; Ciao, ciao bambina; Quando, quando; Tu vuo’ fa’ ll’americano; a także Se bruciasse la città!
Il Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival è il più grande festival di documentari in Polonia. Per la diciannovesima volta vi invitiamo a un viaggio intorno al mondo e all’interno di noi stessi, che si svolgerà dal 13 al 22 maggio, presso il Centro Cinematografico della Bassa Slesia DCF, dove assisteremo all’anteprima in Polonia delle ultime realizzazioni del cinema documentario di tutto il mondo.
Lo slogan del festival di quest’anno, “Rethink Everything”, è tratto dal film “Reinventing the World”, diretto da Richard Dale, Nigel Walk. È un invito a ripensare la nostra visione del mondo di fronte alle decisioni imposte in seguito alla pandemia e alle conseguenze della guerra russo-ucraina. Tra gli oltre 70 film del programma del festival, dodici sono stati selezionati per concorrere al Gran Premio della Bassa Slesia. Vi invitiamo a esplorare il programma dell’edizione di Wrocław del festival su mdag.pl. Oltre al fantastico cinema di non-fiction, troverete incontri con ospiti invitati, registi uomini e donne, laboratori, eventi musicali nel club Tender is the Night e dibattiti!
Tra il ricco programma ci sono quattro film italiani consigliati dalla Società Dante Alighieri:
Advanced five-day course at the University of Genoa Dipartimento di Lingue e Culture Moderne
The course combines theory with practical application and includes a well-designed approach to monitoring and assessment with clear feedback to participants. It aims at triggering reflection and at disclosing new perspectives to each participant. It will be engaging and interactive, facilitating sharing and productive dialogue between participants. The contents of the course draw on the most recent research and practice in the field. Online learning activities will be carried out with an appropriate learning management system in order to blend both synchronous and asynchronous learning.
The venue of the course will be suitable to the number of participants involved, it will comply with relevant health and safety standards, and will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Course providers will offer their services in an inclusive way, without any type of discrimination. Particular attention will be paid to allow equal access to participants with special educational needs. Participants will have the opportunity to provide an assessment of the course and feedback about their experience. This feedback should be used to improve the future sessions. The course provider will also offer the possibility of complaints. Submitted complaints will be addressed in a timely, efficient, fair, and constructive manner.
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Minimum number of participants for course activation: 4 Course duration: five days, five hours per day. Languages: English and Italian Inscription fee: 400 €
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Course providers: Sonia Maura Barillari (professor of Romance Philology at the University of Genoa) Chiara Benati (professor of Germanic Philology at the University of Genoa) Claudia Händl (professor of Germanic Philology at the University of Genoa)
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Course programme Monday 17 October 2022
Germanic literatures: Medieval German Heroic Epic
This module deals with medieval heroic epic in the German language area. The texts of this genre are rich in themes and motifs, and diverse in emphases, while at the same time retaining a number of archetypal elements. Particular attention will be paid to the Nibelung tradition and the Dietrich epics which draw their origins in remote events related to the Germanic Migration Period.
Germanic literatures: Medieval German Courtly Romance
This module focuses on the emergence of medieval verse romances in the German language area. On the basis of a series of significant examples from the works of Hartmann con Aue, Wolfram von Eschenbach and Gottfried von Straßburg, the features of this genre, its relationship to the Romanic sources and its relationship with other medieval German literary genres will be taken into consideration.
Tuesday 18 October 2022
Germanic literatures: Medieval German Lyric (1150-1300)
This module deals with the main aspects of the medieval German Lyric tradition from its beginnings in the mid twelfth century to the early years of the fourteenth century, a distinct period delimited by the main manuscript collections which embrace poems on the theme of love as well as those on didactic, political, and religious subjects. Particular attention will be paid to the nature of the manuscript transmission, to the manuscript illustrations and to the relationship to Old Provençal and Old French lyric.
Germanic literatures: The reception of courtly romance and heroic epic in Scandinavia (sagas and ballads) The aim of this module is to show how some of the most popular themes and characters of both courtly romance ad heroic epic (e.g. Yvain, Percival, Charlemagne and the Paladins) are transformed and adapted to two of the most characteristic genres of medieval and post-medieval Scandinavian literature: the saga and the ballad.
Wednesday 19 October 2022
Romance literatures: Romance literatures and popular culture
This module analyses the relationship between popular culture, often rife with pre-Christian heritage, and ‘high’ culture. The effects of this dialogical and osmotic relationship can only be understood through the analysis of the literary texts that preserve more or less explicit traces of myths, beliefs, legends, and traditions which lived exclusively in orality.
Romance literatures: Romance literatures and popular culture – Narratio brevis. Case study: barbeoire and papeoire This module proposes the analysis of two adiaphorous variants of a fabliau by Jean Bodel, Le vilain de Farbu. The aim is to study in depth, on the basis of historical semantics, the relationships existing between the mask (understood as an artefact), the names attributed to it and its uses in war, magic and ritual contexts.
Thursday 20 October 2022
Romance literatures: The text/image relationship
This module deals with the problems connected to the multiple relationships possibly existing between text and image and to the relations established between two language codes, which are distinct (in one case predominantly discursive, in the other predominantly iconic) but, from a semiotic point of view, not too different. The different forms of relationship in praesentia (coexistence of text and images) and in absentia (images that refer to a pre-text) will be investigated.
Romance literatures: The text/image relationship – Epic poem. Case study: Cruet’s pictorial cycle This module analyses the transposition of an epic poem into images. The pictorial cycle of the Château de Verdon-Dessous near Cruet, the residence of the Lords of Verdon (early 14th century) and its relationship with its source: the Girart de Vienne by Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube, composed between 1190 and 1224, will be analyzed.
Romance literatures: The text/image relationship – Romance. Case study: the Siedlęcin painting cycle This module analyses the transposition of a novel into images. The painting cycle of the residential tower of Siedlęcin on the Bóbr (Silesia), possibly built by Henry I, Duke of Jawor, around 1313-1314, and its relationship with Lancelot en prose (first half of the 13th century) will be analyzed.
Friday 21 October 2022
Romance literatures: The Mediterranean Space
This module explores the role of the Mediterranean as a privileged point of contact of cultures and traditions: on its shores and along its routes, stories of different origins and nature meet, have a dialectic relationship, mix and hybridize, becoming the lifeblood of the future ‘European’ literatures.
Romance literatures: The Mediterranean Space. Case study: the Legenda mirabilis This module is devoted to an apocryphal Life of St Anthony Abbot of which Alfonsus Bonihominis translated six excerpta from Arabic into Latin in 1342. The second one, «S. Antonii iter barcinonense» is particularly interesting, since it exposes in explicit terms the dynamics of narrative reworking of the links which continued to exist between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
Durante il convegno verrà inoltre presentato il progetto Erasmus Plus European Arts and Traditions in Italian Language Learning – PASTILLE (2019-1-PL01-KA203-065078), dedicato alla costruzione di strumenti didattici innovativi per l’insegnamento della lingua italiana.
4 e 5 maggio 2022
4 maggio ore 14.30 – 19.00 5 maggio ore 9.00 – 13.00 Il convegno ha valore di Corso di Aggiornamento per insegnanti di ogni ordine e grado. Ai partecipanti verrà rilasciato regolare attestato di partecipazione. Per gli insegnati è prevista l’autorizzazione alla partecipazione in orario di servizio.
The Board of the Dante Alighieri Association in Wroclaw announces a call for mobility within the project “Generations in Contact in Intercultural Education. All members, employees and volunteers of the Association with cooperation experience longer than 3 years can apply.
Project No. 2021-1-PL01-KA122-ADU-000019595 is implemented through the Erasmus+ Programme Knowledge Education Development, Adult Education, within the project “Mobility for learners and staff in adult education” Co-funded by the European Union. The Recruitment Committee composed of: Jakub Żary (man of the Audit Committee of the Societa Dante Alighieri Association, hereinafter referred to as the “Association”, Ewa Śmiechowska (treasurer of the Association), Nina Budziszewska (member of the Association) and Elisa Pierandrei (member of the Association), appointed to select participants for the project No. 2021-1-PL01-KA122-ADU-000019595, The project is implemented through the Erasmus+ Action K1 – Mobility of adult learners and adult education staff and is co-financed from the European Union funds, and after formal and content-related verification of submitted applications, has qualified the following persons to participate in mobility within the project “Generations in Contact in Intercultural Education”: Lech Moliński, Adam Kruk, Joanna Mołek, Gianluca Olcese, Vittoria Rubini. On the reserve list were: Malwina Tuchendler, Tommaso Soriani. The detailed rules of recruitment and the minutes of the Selection Committee meeting are attached.
In dicembre daremo un po’ di magia e calore al DKF “Centrum”. Per quando fuori dalla finestra fa freddo e buio, ci sposteremo nella soleggiata Italia e guarderemo la diversità del cinema italiano: culturale, linguistica e tematica. I tre incontri saranno collegati non solo dal paese, ma anche dalla poetica delle fiabe, a cui ognuno dei tre film presentati si ispirerà. Prima ci sarà “Lu cuntu de li cunti”, girato in inglese con un cast internazionale, basato sulle fiabe napoletane del XVII secolo. Poi il sovversivo “Favolacce” che attinge alle leggende urbane raccontate nelle periferie. E poco prima di Natale, un grande successo italiano: “La dea fortuna” – un caldo ritratto di un’insolita famiglia moderna. E anche se non tutte le favole finiscono bene, ognuna di esse sarà bella da vedere.
Pentameron (Tale of Tales)
di Matteo Garrone, Italia / Francia / Regno Unito 2015 134′
C’erano una volta dei racconti sopra i racconti, pieni di passione e crimine, demoni e morale. Nel debutto in lingua inglese di Matteo Garrone, autore di “Gomorra” e “Dogman”, troviamo tutta una serie di meraviglie: un re che fa amicizia con una pulce, gemelli separati e orchi innamorati. E anche un cast eccellente: Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin e John C. Reilly. Tutto questo per creare un magico adattamento per lo schermo delle fiabe napoletane del XVII secolo di Giambattista Basile, che hanno poi ispirato i fratelli Grimm. Sarà bello e spaventoso allo stesso tempo.
Złe baśnie (Favolacce)
di Damiano e Fabio D’Innocenzo Italia / Svizzera / 2019 98′
A Spinaceto – un piccolo paese alla periferia di Roma – le vacanze stanno per iniziare. Apparentemente ordinario, ma qualcosa di speciale è nell’aria. Gravidanze adolescenziali, compaiono pidocchi e morbillo, qualcuno buca la piscina del giardino… I fratelli D’Innocenzo (“La terra dell’abbastanza”, “America Latina”) sono oggi i nomi più caldi del cinema italiano, capaci di creare ansia e sorprendere il pubblico come nessun altro. La prova migliore sarà “Bad Tales”, che ha vinto l’Orso d’argento alla Berlinale e cinque prestigiosi premi Nastro Azzurro – tra cui il miglior film italiano dello scorso anno.
Sekrety bogini fortuny (La Dea Fortuna)
di Ferzan Ozpetek, Italia 2019 114′
Una storia familiare con elementi fiabeschi di Ferzan Özpetek – uno dei più popolari registi italiani, autore di “Lui, lei e lui” o “Mine vaganti”. Dell’amore e della pasta”. Arturo e Alessandro hanno una relazione a lungo termine, che sta chiaramente attraversando una crisi. Inaspettatamente, i figli della loro amica Annamaria vengono affidati agli uomini e lei deve andare in ospedale, il che causerà molte perturbazioni. Riusciranno a stare insieme e a creare una famiglia? Il film è apparso nei cinema italiani per Natale due anni fa ed è diventato un grande successo.
Invitiamo le persone coinvolte nell’educazione formale e informale, gli attivisti delle ONG e chiunque sia interessato!
Presentazione del progetto n. 2020-1-PL01-KA104-079523 è realizzato con i fondi del programma operativo Knowledge Education Development, Adult Education, nell’ambito del progetto “Transnational mobility of adult education staff”.
La Società Dante Alighieri di Wrocław vi invita all’incontro con l’autore Guido Parisi. Appuntamento il 6 novembre alle 17 presso la Libreria Spagnola di Wrocław, ul. Szajnochy 5 https://fb.me/e/1P5YhvX9q