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International Projects

Hungarian Literary Culture in Transcultural Perspective

Maďarská literárna kultúra z transkultúrnej perspektívy

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: Multilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Görözdi Judit PhD.
Annotation:The scope of the project is the research of the Hungarian literary history from the transcultural perspective. The project output - handbook Hungarian Literary Culture(s) in Transcultural Perspective, An Introduction addresses specialist and non-specialist readership mainly outside of Hungary and therefore will be published in different East-Central European languages. This book conceptually and methodically goes beyond the frames of what is known as literary history. It presents a chronological overview of the aesthetical, institutional, medial and social history of Hungarian literature, to which complementary thematical and poetical approaches are added that overarch and complete the description. In the research are involved experts on Hungarian Literature from various European countries.

WORLDGOVERNMENT - World Government: Grand Narratives in Contemporary Science-Fiction

Svetová vláda: Veľké naratívy v súčasnej vedecko-fantastickej literatúre

Duration: 1. 11. 2021 - 31. 10. 2024
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: Kaminski Johannes PhD.


Zmluva o priamej vedeckej spolupráci medzi Slovanským ústavomAV ČR a ˇÚstavom svetovej literatúry SAV

Duration: 2. 6. 2021 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: Medziústavná dohoda
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Pašteková Soňa CSc.


Zmluva o priamej vedeckej spolupráci medzi Ústavom svetovej literatúry SAV Bratislava a Ústavom poľskej literatúry Varšavskej univerzity vo Varšave

Duration: 15. 5. 2020 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: Medziústavná dohoda
Project leader: Mgr. Suwara Bogumiła PhD.

National Projects

Hyperlexikón - Interactive hypertext lexicon of literary studies with a corpus of key literary studies texts

Interaktívny hypertextový lexikón literárnej vedy s korpusom kľúčových literárnovedných textov

Duration: 1. 7. 2021 - 30. 6. 2025
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Mikuláš Roman PhD.
Annotation:The main aim of the project is the creation of an interactive lexicon of literary studies terms in hypertext format together with a corpus of texts from the said field. The project follows up on the work on the electronic Hyperlexicon of Concepts and Categories in Literary Studies which was created in two VEGA research projects. The updated and expanded Hyperlexicon will adopt new content-related and functional elements. In terms of function, the work will be more interactive and open; in terms of content, the Hyperlexicon will now include important texts which in their time helped spearhead new modes of thinking or even whole new paradigms. However, the hypertextuality of the lexicon will still be retained. The experts who will author the new entries will not only summarize the current body of knowledge but also conduct their own research and other related publication activities in accordance with the aims of the project to provide even more up to date findings on the subject matter. We are convinced that such a broad and synthesizing collaborative endeavor must be rooted in basic research. As of today, Slovak literary scholars do not have access to a dictionary that would summarize the state of the art knowledge in the field in a broad manner and across individual philological specialization and would be fully available to them online.

The Interdiscursive Construction of Reality in Literature

Interdiskurzívne konštruovanie reality v literatúre

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Mikuláš Roman PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused on ways of exploring literature as an interdiscourse from a theoretical literary perspective. The research team will focus on the analysis of the potential of literary studies to describe literature as a phenomenon of interdiscourses, i.e. mutual communication and interrelation of the system of literature with other systems at various levels within the preconceived framework of interaction. These other systems constitute specific discourses (such as those of philosophy, mathematics, physics, biology, cognitive sciences, medicine, information technology and many others), producing knowledge that is communicated both within its original discourses and outside these discourses, either within the scientific system (interdisciplinary approach) or across various social systems via interdiscourses (such as literature, art, journalism and politics).

Literary transfer, translation and transnational literary phenomena in the Slovak-Hungarian cultural space

Literárny transfer, translácia a transnacionálne literárne javy v slovensko-maďarskom kultúrnom priestore

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Görözdi Judit PhD.
Annotation:Slovak-Hungarian literary contacts have always been a subject of research in Slovak comparative literature and translation studies. Yet, there is a sizeable amount of new literary phenomena that has not yet been systematically addressed. In addition to this, some traditional ways of understanding the aforementioned contacts could be revised in light of more recent theoretical and methodological insights. The research project conducted by a group of Hungarian studies scholars intends to address phenomena associated with literary transfer, translation and overlap of Slovak and Hungarian cultural spaces with regard to aspects of transnational literary studies and with a special focus on theory of cultural transfer.

literature in bioethics and bioethics in literature

Literatúra v bioetike a bioetika v literatúre

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Suwara Bogumiła PhD.
Annotation:The project “Literature in bioethics and bioethics in literature” is inspired by the concept of interdiscursive relations of elaborated by leading French linguist D. Maingueneau (2004), and the concept of narrative bioethics (H. Dubiel 2011). The object of research within the presented project is the analysis of the relations between literary (media) and bioethical (philosophical) discourse. The aim of the project is to shift the boundaries of the analysis of interdiscursive communication between literature (in a boarder sense) and bioethics from the traditional depiction analysis of doctor-patient relationship in the literature towards the so-called humanistic turn in bioethics. From a methodological point of view it means that literature and art create a space for enriching a narrowly rationalist ethical discourse with humanistic, philosophical, and psychological aspects, including a phenomenological and hermeneutic approach to applied ethics, especially bioethics.

The Poetics of the Principal Upanishads

Poetika hlavných upanišád

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. Mgr. Gáfrik Róbert PhD.
Annotation:The Upanishads are some of the most important ancient Indian texts and the oldest philosophical works in human history. The attention of researchers is mainly focused on their philosophical content and textual criticism. The aim of the project is to analyze the main Upanishads from a poetological point of view and to explore how contemporary literary theories of ambiguity can contribute to understanding the diversity of their interpretations, ranging from monism to dualism. The main output of the project will be a commented Slovak translation of the Upanishads, which will be based on explicit knowledge of their poetics.

Prekusvet - Translation and aspects of reception of social science and humanities texts as cultural and literary transfer in the 20th century

Preklad a aspekty recepcie spoločenskovedných a humanitnovedných textov ako kultúrny a literárny transfer v 20. Storočí

Duration: 1. 7. 2022 - 30. 6. 2026
Program: APVV
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Bednárová Katarína CSc.
Annotation:The primarily literary studies and translation studies focused project will explore ways and means of disseminating scientific knowledge, research results, theories and concepts in the social sciences and humanities, such as philosophy, literary science and its borderline and interdisciplinary overlaps (literary essay, translation studies, theory, and art history), in broader cultural and sociological contexts through translations (from English, French, German, Russian and partly from Polish, Spanish and Italian) and their reflection in the Slovak cultural space in the 20th century. It will try to answer the question to what extent the social and scientific valorization of circulating translation texts was / is present in the receiving (Slovak) scientific and socio-cultural environment, to what extent translations saturated the social demand in the 20th century, and whether and how they contributed to the development of individual researched disciplines (to their enrichment, innovation, reception), or, alternatively, what role the fact of non-translation or translation of irrelevant texts or the fact, of erroneous / poor / incompetent / translation played. The project will examine the con

Translation and translating in the history and present of the Slovak cultural space. Transformations of forms, status and functions: texts, personalities, institutions.

Preklad a prekladanie v dejinách a súčasnosti slovenského kultúrneho priestoru. Premeny podôb, statusu a funkcií: texty, osobnosti, inštitúcie .

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2026
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Kusá Mária CSc.
Annotation:The project continues the tradition of translatological research that has contributed to the creation of a real Slovak translatological community over the last twenty years.The direction of the interdisciplinary translatological discourse will go (in the sense of current tendencies in thinking about translation) also into the context of reflections on world literature, as well as into the expansion of knowledge in confrontation or synergy with the discourses of other humanities (philosophy, history of culture, sociology, "oral history"), but also natural sciences (human geography, interpretive statistics, ecology, etc.). The object of research should be a) interpretations of translations and receptions of literary texts in words. cultural space (forming the canon?), but also b) of culturally significant various, e.g. also educational, pragmatic, audiovisual, or popular culture texts or sacred texts.The scholarly outputs of the project will be monothematic issues of WLS, as well as personal monographic nature.

Slovak literature in inter-literary and transcultural contexts

Slovenská literatúra v medziliterárnych a transkultúrnych súvislostiach

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2026
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Dr. Pucherová Dobrota D.Phil.
Annotation:The project proposes to consider selected works of Slovak literature through the lens of theories of world literature. Through such re-reading of selected works of the accepted Slovak canon, but also those that are not yet part of it, we will analyze how this kind of thinking contributes to the ideas of world literature, the canon, „minor“ and „major“ literatures, the relations between the local and global, the centre and periphery, the national and postnational; and whether it has a potential to alter the history of the development of Slovak literature in any way. Our investigations will be based on various criteria: textual elements, such as genetic relations or typological analogies (thematic, stylistic, generic, ideological, etc.); intertextual and transcultural phenomena (e.g., synchronicity); or extra-textual determinants (the reception of Slovak literature in translation), according to which it is possible to perceive certain works as part of wider inter-literary communities or indeed world literature.

Projects total: 12