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International projects

Hungarian and Slovak literatures in Central European cultural space 4.— Poetological, philological, reception questions of text formation
Maďarská a slovenská literatúra v stredoeurópskom kultúrnom priestore 4. - Poetologické, filologické, recepčné otázky formovania textu
Program: Medziakademická dohoda (MAD)
Project leader: Mgr. Görözdi Judit PhD.
Annotation:The project is a continuation of the current research themes. At the centre of this research has been communication between cultures, especially the questions of literary translation and translation reception. In the period 2019-2021 we want to focus on the specifics of text formation on the basis of poetological, philological and narrative approaches; also we would like to test the applicability of postcolonial theory in the context of these literatures.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

National projects

MULTITRANSPOSTHU - Analysis of the multidimensional character of trans- and posthumanism
Analýza multidimenzionálnej podoby trans- a post-humanizmu
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Suwara Bogumiła PhD.
Annotation:The main objective of the project is a multidimensional transdisciplinary research of mutual dynamic relationships related to the issue of human gene editing and posthumanism in five research domains: biology-biotechnology, philosophical reflection, (bio)ethical reflection, biopolitical analysis and democratization of science, art and culture. In particular, the project focuses on a philosophical reflection of the concept of trans- and posthumanism with an emphasis on human germline cells genome editing in relation to human nature, genetic determinism and aesthetic transformation of the human body. The issue of a transformation of the human biological species (homo sapiens) is analyzed in the context of the conflicts between a realis and social-constructivist understanding of biological categorization. At the level of bioethical and biopolitical reflection, the project analyzes the impact of trans- and posthumanist modification of the human genome on the society, its political institutions and regulatory abilities, the process of science democratization and the phenomenon of biohacking. At the cultural and artistic level, the project focuses on the analysis of artistic portrayal of trans- and posthumanism in dystopian literary, new media, film and television works. This also includes an analysis of the metaphorical language of molecular geneticists recently represented by the term "gene editing".
Duration: 1.8.2018 - 30.7.2022

Philosophical Analysis Concerning Deletion of Borders in Contemporary Bio-Discourse
Filozofická analýza stierania hraníc v modernom biodiskurze
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Suwara Bogumiła PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

The Interdiscursive Construction of Reality in Literature
Interdiskurzívne konštruovanie reality v literatúre
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).
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023

Conversation and European Literature
Konverzácia a európska literatúra
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. Mgr. Bžoch Adam CSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project is cultural historical research of the conversation in European literatures from the Early Modernity till the XXth century (Italian, French, English, German, Dutch, Slavonic literatures). By comparative analysis of the images of non-formal communication, the project targets on evaluation of conversations in novels and other fictional and factual literary genres (drama, autobiography, memoirs) as civilisatory factors which stimulate erudition, urbanity, politeness, gender adequate communication and empathy, and helps to polish language and style, developes tolerance and ethical norms across epoches and cultures. These qualities, recorded in literary dialogues, conversational plays, memoirs and autobiographies, but also manuals of rethoric and stylistics, are transfered in literary communication across cultures and stabilize norms of civilisation. The main output will be a monograph on history of conversation in European literatures.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

Literary/artistic artefact and its contexts (Comparative literature and social sciences)
Literárny/umelecký artefakt a jeho kontexty (Komparatistika a sociálne vedy)
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Bátorová Mária DrSc.
Annotation:The project deals with the conceptualization of new approaches to analyses of literary work and its contextes and subsequently processes, where it plays the main part. Their identifrication is complicated in theory, consisting of multiple approaches of various disciplines, in this case chiefly the sociology. The well established paradigm of creative-artistic process: author, text, reader - is completed by context survey of each of mentioned components. The project aims to build a new methodology and theory of contextes, as well as the incorporation of the concept of the author as a main part of the complex approach to literary work, where each aspect has its fundamental role.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

The Poetics of the Principal Upanishads
Poetika hlavných upanišád
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.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023

Translation as part of the cultural process history III. Translation and translating – texts, personalities, institutions in inter- and transdisciplinary relations
Preklad ako súčasť dejín kultúrneho procesu III. Preklad a prekladanie - texty, osobnosti, inštitúcie v interdisciplinárnych a transdisciplinárnych vzťahoch
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Kusá Mária CSc.
Annotation:The aims of this inter- and even transdisciplinary project reflect the current developments in translation studies and issues in world literature and comparative literature. Moreover, the project has been designed to connect these discourses to what is currently going on in other fields of the humanities (philosophy, cultural history, sociology, oral history, etc.) and natural sciences (human geography, inferential statistics, ecology, etc.). The aims of the projects are as follows: a) interpretation of significant translations in the Slovak cultural space (with the assessment of their canonical status); b) examination of culturally significant, yet less defining texts, i. e. educational, pragmatic or religious texts, which have not been thoroughly examined so far; c) examining the broad and still evolving field of audio(and/or)visual texts operating in the popular culture. Given the scope of the project’s aims and the research team’s expertise, it is only natural that the research will focus not only
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

Reflections on Russian Formalism in Slovak Translations and Literary Studies by Mikuláš Bakoš (Methodology, Terminology, Reception)
Reflexia ruského formalizmu v slovenských prekladoch a literárnovedných prácach Mikuláša Bakoša (metodológia, terminológia, recepcia).
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Pašteková Soňa CSc.
Annotation:Proposed project focuses on the theoretical and translatological reflection of the methodology concepts of Russian formalism in the works of a Slovak literary scientist of the last century, M. Bakoš (1914-1972). As an interdisciplinary humanities researcher (founder of the Society for Scientific Synthesis, 1937) and translator of scientific texts, he responded to the impulses of the formalism accentuating the literary science terminology. He directed his interests towards the increasing rigor of Slovak scientific thinking, towards defining the subject of literary science, and towards refining the literary science terminology and categories. He contributed significantly to the higher quality of the reception of World literature in Slovak scientific space. In the very center of attention of today’s literary science, therefore, appear reflections of Bakoš’ scientific thinking, his contribution to literary science as a whole and to world literature studies in the Slovak context, and the Russian literatur studies.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2022

Social engagement, identity and modernity in contemporary African Anglophone writing
Spoločenská angažovanosť, identita a modernita v súčasnej africkej anglofónnej literatúre
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Dr. Pucherová Dobrota D.Phil.
Annotation:The project is a continuation of the previous, preparatory 2-year project titled Dissent and Resistance in Contemporary African Writing. It will contribute to the discussion on social resistance, engagement, and personal responsibility that has been at the fore-front of recent philosophical discourses on African modern identity. It concerns the issues of personal and communal responsibility vs oppression and victimhood, cultural authenticity vs interculturality, and political resistance vs complicity, all of which seem to point to the question of „African modernity“ in its philosophical and material meaning. In the socio-historical context where African societies have increasingly become dysfunctional due to lack of civil society, literature has been seen as an instrument of resistance, functioning as testimony, dissent, political protest, and philosophy. The project will analyze the ethical, aesthetic and political aspects of this literary imagination.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Projects total: 10