“Inscription” XXVIII (2022)

Spaces of intimacy

This year's issue will be devoted to discovering, editing and interpreting journals, letters and other types of notes as a testimony of the private, often intimate life of their authors, often complicated, hidden and gradually revealed interpersonal relationships.

Proposed research perspectives:

  • editing and interpretation of textual sources (as cultural texts);
  • showing the relationship between the "intimate" and the "public" (shortening the distance, restrictions, prohibitions and decisions about revealing private life by the creator, his environment or his heirs, creating the artist's image);
  • the phenomenon of "sacralization" or "monumentalization" of intimacy (e.g. the cult of saints, rulers, bards);
  • using certificates of intimacy to depreciate specific people or environments; the problem of intimacy in the context of history and historicity (changes in the understanding of intimacy; private sphere and the official nature of historical testimony; intimate space and social space recorded in literary messages, works of art and broadly understood culture);
  • the relationship between the phenomenon of intimacy and its cultural functioning and the shaping of modern subjectivity as well as its gradual dispersion in postmodernity (the so-called "soft" or "dispersed" subjectivity).

These testimonies constitute interesting and so far little known representations of the community's individual (autobiographical) memory and collective (cultural) memory in subsequent centuries of its existence - they are records of memories of the native past, the heritage of national values, as well as people, events and historical places often judged by different people and arousing various emotions in many periods of national history.



“Inscription” XXIX (2023)

Written with light. Photography – text and context

The topic of the planned issue will be photography in dialogue with the text – the evolution of the attitude towards photography and ways of using it (from the 19th century understanding as a documentary medium, treating "an image as a proof of truth", to today's aesthetic, artistic and creative values in this field of art, also by showing the role of iconographic texts of culture and their impact on the lives of authors, entities / objects and recipients, as well as various possibilities of interpretation), complicated history and transformations of relations between photography (or painting, drawing, etc.) and the concepts of "truth of facts", "photographic realism", "reflection of reality".

We would also like to raise the issue of using photography as a message with an open or hidden advertising or propaganda purpose. We also want to show the role of images (of different countries, continents or planets) in the geographical and cultural "taming of the difference", as well as photography as a symbolic record of a journey, a sign of tourism, conquest and subordination (albums, bedeckers, postcards, reportages, photographic reports – also in the form of websites or blogs).