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International projects

Distant Reading for European Literary History
Dištančné čítanie Európskej literárnej histórie (1840 – 1920)
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Debnár Marek PhD.
Annotation:This Action's challenge is to create a vibrant and diverse network of researchers jointly developing the resources and methods necessary to change the way European literary history is written. Grounded in the Distant Reading paradigm (i.e. using computational methods of analysis for large collections of literary texts), the Action will create a shared theoretical and practical framework to enable innovative, sophisticated, data-driven, computational methods of literary text analysis across at least 10 European languages. Fostering insight into cross-national, large-scale patterns and evolutions across European literary traditions, the Action will facilitate the creation of a broader, more inclusive and better-grounded account of European literary history and cultural identity. To accomplish this, the Action will:
  1. build a multilingual European Literary Text Collection (ELTeC), ultimately containing around 2,500 full-text novels in at least 10 different languages, permitting to test methods and compare results across national traditions;
  2. establish and share best practices and develop innovative computational methods of text analysis adapted to Europe's multilingual literary traditions;
  3. consider the consequences of such resources and methods for rethinking fundamental concepts in literary theory and history.
The Action will contribute to the development and distribution of methods, competencies, data, best practices, standards and tools relevant to Distant Reading research. This will not only affect the way scholars in the Humanities do research, but also the way institutions like libraries will make their holdings available to researchers in the future. The Action will foster distributed research, the systematic exchange of expertise, and the visibility of all participants, activities and resources.
Project web page:https://www.distant-reading.net/
Duration: 3.11.2017 - 2.11.2021

Dynamics of placemaking and digitization in Europe´s cities
Dynamika vytvárania priestoru a digitalizácia v európskych mestách
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Taranenková Ivana PhD.
Annotation:This Action will investigate how placemaking activities, like public art, civil urban design, local knowledge production re-shape and reinvent public space, and improve citizens’ involvement in urban planning and urban design. Placemaking implies the multiplication and fragmentation of agents shaping the public realm. The Action aims to empower citizens to contribute with citizen`s knowledge, digitization and placemaking to diverse ways of interpreting local identities in European cities. The added value of digitization - understood here basically as the ongoing process of converting any kind of data from an analog into a digital format – (Jannidis/Kohle/Rehbein (2018:179) will be analyzed in the ways in which it impacts urban placemaking processes of local communities. Studying urban placemaking and digital practices of various local communities throughout Europe´s cities, this Action will understand and analyze, The impact of digitization on the common placemaking practices of urban local communities, The changing processes of citizen´s local knowledge production of placemaking, The influence of digitization on the governmentality of the local neighborhoods and co-creation of public space by various societal actors. Drawing on recent theoretical insights that point to the importance of placemaking, widening citizen´s knowledge and wider application of digitization and digital communication, the Action seeks to develop new methods for studying and comparing effects of disseminating local urban knowledge beyond cultural and societal borders. By doing so, it develops European urban research both theoretically and methodologically finding ways of channeling the results into the wider urban planning and governance processes.
Project web page:https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18204/#downloads
Duration: 22.11.2019 - 21.11.2023

Portraying Countryside in Central European Literature (University of Ostrava)
Zobrazenie vidieka v stredoeurópskej literatúre (Ostravská univerzita)
Program: International Visegrad Found (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Hučková Dana CSc.
Annotation:The scientific objective of the project is to research rural images in Central European literature. We wish to follow the depiction of space, but we also ask questions about the importance of the theme for individual national literatures in various periods, including the present. How did literature capture the countryside and how does it reflect the transformations of the countryside in the modern world? Is the situation in Central Europe somehow significant? What will the comparison of rural concepts in the Czech, Slovak and Hungarian environment disclose? The so-called spatial studies have been developed at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava for a long time. Since 2010 we have been organizing spatial symposia and subsequently, we have published representative publications (up to now Town, Landscape and Nature vs. Industrial), in which researchers from the Czech Republic and on a smaller scale from abroad participated. We would like to develop this in the forthcoming symposium on the theme of rural areas more internationally. An important practical goal of the project is therefore to establish closer cooperation with research institutions in the V4 countries in an active way, but also to engage postgraduate students in these activities (workshops and lectures for students and subsequent participation of selected PhD students at the symposium and publishing in the book). Students will have the opportunity to present their work to foreign colleagues and be inspired by their (possibly different) approaches.
Project web page:http://www.facebook.com/portraying.countryside.V4/
Duration: 15.4.2020 - 14.9.2021


National projects

The „Geopoetics“ of Bratislava: the Representation of the City in Slovak Literature after 1918
„Geopoetika“ Bratislavy: reprezentácie mesta v slovenskej literatúre po roku 1918.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Passia Radoslav Ph.D.
Annotation:Literary representations of the city are important culture-forming elements of the urban space. They form its „genius loci“ as a part of the collective memory of the inhabitants. Bratislava has several special features which make it different from thematized metropolitan cities in other cultures. The semiotic position of the city is determined by the particularities of Slovak literature and political history. The research will focus on the literary works which „formed Bratislava“ as a semiotic space after 1918. Our goal is to reconstruct the relevant corpus of such writings and interpret them from the viewpoint of literary history (evolution and typology) and current interdisciplinary approaches of the humanities (the urban studies, geopoetics, area research etc.). Although the main subject of the research is Slovak literature, it will also include overlaps with Czech and Hungarian literatures, which have contributed to the formation of the city.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

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Antitradicionalisti. Spory o kultúrny model v tridsiatych rokoch 20. storočia
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Bystrzak Magdalena Ph.D.
Annotation:The research project, based on several literary historical insights into the thirties of the 20th century, will map the particularities of the cultural conception of so called anti-traditionalists who, between two wars, were represented by mostly left-oriented authors (journalists, writers, literary reviewers etc.). The aim of the project is to be more specific about the anti-traditionalist ideological position in a broader discourse structure as well as to map its reception in the Slovak cultural realm of the time. A special stress will be put on the cultural conception, which Alexander Matuška – an outstanding representative of anti-traditionally oriented milieu in the thirties of the 20th century – presented by juvenile polemics published the years 1930 – 1938.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

Emotions in literature from perspective of cognitive literary studies.
Emócie v literatúre: kognitívnovedný pohľad
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Kuzmíková Jana CSc.
Annotation:The goal is to examine the role of emotions in literary communication from the cognitive aspect. Cognitive literary studies through empirical research of the understanding literature addresses emotions in a broad cognitive space. Emotions may be involved in dysfunctional cognition (beliefs, schemes, stereotypes) and the functional cognition (rational thinking). Examination of emotions in different ways of reading (reading types, emotional and cognitive empathy) as well as text analysis of emotional stimuli (elements and structures of narrative, lyrical and descriptive texts) can explain and test the relevant role of emotions in literary communication and then point out the benefits and limitations of different types of literary works also in the educational and teaching process. General literary contribution of the project is to extend the theoretical basis of research of literature, introduce a more complex and comprehensive analysis of literary communication, and review the scope of reading competence.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

Literary Text, Poetics, Artistic Work
Literárny text, poetika, umelecká práca
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Prušková Zora CSc.
Annotation:The project Literary Text, Poetics, Artistic Work will deal with the Slovak prosaic works after 1945. It will aim at searching for connections between the systemic poetics and the artistic work as a singular event of the authorial creation. The result will be a new insight into the interpretative options, attribution of higher significance to the element of the author’s singularity and to the imagination as integral parts of the existentially-situated and existentially-oriented poetics. The project should initiate an innovative approach to the common literary-historical and cultural-typological stereotypes in terms of assessment of the modern post-war prose.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2022

Literature Supporting Folk Culturing, Educating and Enlightening (Forms and Changes in Functional Model of Literature in Slovak Literature in the End of the 19th and the First Third of the 20th Century)
Literatúra v službách výchovy (Podoby a premeny funkčného modelu literatúry v slovenskej literatúre na konci 19. a v prvej tretine 20. storočia).
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Hučková Dana CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on problems of Slovak literature supporting national awareness and education, as well as literature as a means of folk culturing or enlightening, in the period between the end of the 19th and the first third of the 20th century. Semantics of upbringing and education is researched on several different levels. The initial starting point is a new excerption of relevant press of the era and book editions, focusing on literary texts referring to heterogeneous understanding of literature. Texts considering external factors and related to social and educational functions of literature will be central to the project. Besides attention to forms and transformations of this functional model of literature, research will also focus on literary and communication situations related to them, especially on categories of literary life, such as institutions, media and protagonists of literary culture. Research of text production, distribution and reception will be complemented by the problem of sedimentation of the cultural memory.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

Methodological Procedures in Literary-Scholarship Research with an Impact on the Media Environment
Metodologické postupy v literárnovednom výskume s presahom do mediálneho prostredia (FF UPJŠ Košice)
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Hučková Dana CSc.
Annotation:This four-year project is focused on the functional use of methodological procedures in an interdisciplinary oriented literary-scholarship research. It is based on the philological tradition of literary scholarship in Slovakia, it will be focused on the application of hermeneutic, formal, heuristic, structuralist, comparative, cognitive, and semiotic approaches with interdisciplinary overlaps into the media environment.The main objective is to increase the exactness in literary research, namely in the analytical-interpretative work with source texts (from the reception aesthetics, creation of perceptual codes to aperceptive methodological procedures) and in the review of inter-literary relations within the Czech-Slovak and Central European contexts (with the emphasis laid on genetic and poetological specifics of Slovak literature in wider cultural contexts). The overlap into the media environment follows the variability of the literary text (of not merely Slovak literature) as a media product (especially current trends in theatrical and audio-visual adaptations) especially with regard to the formal and thematic processing of the contemporaneous stereotypes in the socio-cultural context with functional use of specific methodological procedures. The objective of the project is to make available the monographically prepared outcomes of critical review of established theorems and their sustainable audio-visual mediation. Therefore, specific authors and artistic texts are in the centre of the monitored issues (on the genological axis of poetry, fiction, drama) with an emphasis on the late 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries. The scientific assumption is a change in the previous literary-historical classification of particular authors, in a qualitative re-evaluation of their poetics and creative contribution to the development of Slovak literature (with regard to the differentiation of Realism and Modern and aesthetic pluralism in the interwar literature).
Duration: 1.7.2020 - 30.6.2024

Modernism in Slovak Literature II
Modernizmus v slovenskej literatúre II
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Habaj Michal PhD.
Annotation:The project continues a project VEGA on Modernism solved between 2016 and 2019. Besides previously researched Modernist forms, tendencies and aspects in Slovak literature between 1900 and 1948, it researches other problems, such as terminology, periodisation, typology of Modernist literature, as well as philosophical and aesthetic contexts and concepts of respective forms of Modernism (Slovak Modern School – Second Modern School – Expressionism – Avant-garde – Catholic Modern School, and others). It also researches Modernist discourse on autonomy of arts, as well as media and institutions of literary life in this period that were a venue for Modernist poetics and discussions. The reconstruction of Modernism in Slovak literature of the first half of the 20th century wishes to result in a new synthesis in literary history, using relevant and updated methodological approaches.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023

National Revival Representations – modes of realisation, transgressions and transitions
Národnoobrodenecké reprezentácie - mody realizácie, transgresie a tranzície
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Taranenková Ivana PhD.
Annotation:The project aims to reconstruct the National Revival model of representations of the “long” 19th century in Slovak literature through semiotic analysis and interpretations of the literary corpus of the period under examination. The research will examine how the model changed through the transgressive and transitional processes it underwent in this period and identify the dominant aesthetic, poetic and genre categories in which this kind of representation took place, was modified and disrupted, focusing on three selected thematic areas: identity, space and time. The key analytical category used in the project will be the notion of mode, as used in Western literatury criticism (N. Frye, A. Fowler, G. Genette, C. Guillén) in terms of a genre-transcending category or a modifying genre indicator. The project further aims to identify the literary and genre techniques through which ideological elements are re-presented in individual texts and the converse effect it has on culture and society.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023

The Writing of the Enlightenment. The poetics of the texts written by Ladislav Bartolomeides.
Osvietenské písanie. Poetika textov Ladislava Bartolomeidesa.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Brtáňová Erika CSc.
Annotation:The subject of this project is the textual preparation and the subsequent literary (genre and poetologic) analysis of works by the Enlightenment author and historian Ladislav Bartolomeides, particularly of the adaptation of an Old Czech translation of the Latin narrative poem by the German humanist Friedrich Dedekind Spis užitečný a velmi potřebný od Doktora Grobiana (1784) and of the prosaic narrative Rozmlouvání Jozefa II. s Matějom prvním Korvínus řečeným v království zemřelých (1790). The results of the analysis will be published in the form of a monographic study and of a commented edition of Ladislav Bartolomeides’s fictional texts.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

Poetics of text and poetics of the event in modern Slovak Literature from the 18th to the 21st century
Poetika textu a poetika udalosti v novodobej slovenskej literatúre 18. - 21. storočia
Program: APVV
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Zajac Peter DrSc.
Annotation:The project will identify and present fundamental terms of poetics of Slovak literature between 18th - 21st centuries. It tracks changes and internal metamorphoses of individual poetic issues such as composition of prosiac (narrative) and lyrical (ennunciative) texts, genre characteristics of texts, etc. The terms are studied as both poetical and historical events with both their configurations and re-configurations. One of the significan cofigurations and reconfigurations of literary events is represented by the ratio and proportion of manifestedness and latentness of individual literary events such as classicism, romanticism, realism, parnasism, modern, avantgarde, existential literature.
Duration: 1.10.2018 - 30.9.2022

Expression of Syncretism in Poetics of Hymns in Slovak Protestant Literature in the 16th - 18th century
Prejavy synkretizmu v poetike cirkevných piesní v slovenskej protestantskej literatúre 16. - 18 storočia.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Vráblová Timotea CSc.
Annotation:Poetics of literary texts and also dynamics of genres in the periods of old literature is based on rhetoric principle. It has been so far reflected on formally - fuctional level. It has been searched how it was used in relation with style and genre.In this project I will be focused mainly on fuctionally-semantic research of poetics. I will analyse how literary syncretism, typicall for poetics of old periods of literature. I will be interested to find out how it is possible to apply results of my research for interpretation of texts, as well as in deeper research of genres and their specific problems. This issue has not been so far systematically researched. The results should be benefitial for the research of genres. An output of the project will be published in researched articles according to the plan.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

The occasional poetry of Juraj Palkovič, Bohuslav Tablic and Pavel Jozef Šafárik
Príležitostná básnická tvorba Juraja Palkoviča, Bohuslava Tablica a Pavla Jozefa Šafárika
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Rišková Lenka PhD.
Annotation:In the international research in the area of the history of literary culture a great attention is paid to reconstruction of so called cultural memory and to portraying literary culture in a way that can get connected more deeply with culture and social circumstances of different historical periods.This grant project focuses on the research of occasional poetry at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries,in particular occasional poetry by the authors of the first three collections of poems of secular character in the Slovak linguistic environment-Juraj Palkovič, Bohuslav Tablic and Pavel Jozef Šafárik. Its outcomes could become significant components of reconstruction of a more compact portrayal of contemporary notions of poetic art, its criteria and functions as well as opportunities for its application in a wider social context.They should also be accepted as a contribution to the discussion on forms and opportunities of the literary development in the Slovak environment that could also clarify its specifics.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

SlovKa19 - Slovak preach literature in the 19th century
Slovenská kázňová spisba v 19. storočí
Program: APVV
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Brtáňová Erika CSc.
Annotation:An important part of the Slovak literature is spiritual element, especially the genre of sermon or homily. In the history of the Slovak literature, it has so far been given only marginal attention (during the communist period this topic was deliberately circumvented and not all library and archival collections were accessible). This genre is also important because it influenced the broad strata of the population, shaped the modern Slovak national and cultural identity, and formed the same Catholic and Protestant communities. The project will map sermon writing in Slovak language from the 19th century, primarily printed and secondary preserved manuscript. This is a basic research project that will dominantly examine the original editions of sermons and the preserved manuscripts of sermons in memory institutions. The aim of the project is to create partial studies, two anthologies (pastoral letters of Catholic bishops; selection of classical sermons according to several criteria), preparation of the lexicon of sermon authors and the monographic analytical-synthetic processing of the whole issue.
Duration: 1.7.2020 - 30.6.2024

Textological and editorial research of selected editions of poetry collections published since the second mid-20th century to the present
Textologický a edičný výskum vybraných reedícií básnických zbierok vydaných od druhej polovice 20. storočia po súčasnosť
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Navrátil Martin PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

Neglected Context. Occasional genres in Slovak literature in the 16th - 18th centuries
Zanedbané súvislosti. Príležitostné žánre v slovenskej literatúre v 16. – 18. storočí
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Vráblová Timotea CSc.
Annotation:Occasional genres has been rather neglected in the history of literature. Although, they are quite crutial for further research of literary genres trends of literary culture as well as for research from the aspect of occassion or event, and also for research leading into deeper understanding of contexts of literary life. Project is focused on re-constructioning of a portrait of literary culture and education in Slovak linguistic enviroment through texts of occasional literary works (written both in Latin or in domestic - vernacular languages) in the 16th - 18th centuries. The research makes an access and introduces up-to-now unknown or only a little known texts. It will explain problems of genres of occasional works. It will also describe aspects of literary life, enlighten contact basis among scholars, authors, publishers and those who took part in building up and developing the environment of literary culture in Slovak as well as in wide European region. The project output will be: national and international scientific events such as conferences, workshops and seminars, and writing and publishing scientific monograph and commented anthology of texts of occasional works. There will be also conference proceedings from the scientific conferences and seminars and new bi-lingual Slovak-English Scientific journal of Regional Culture in Slovakia ( internet version), the journal will be platform for studies not onl yon literary history, but connects various disciplines of human, historical, cultural studies, archeology and arts, etc (http://csr.sk/en/home/).
Duration: 1.10.2018 - 30.9.2022

Projects total: 18