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Face in Trouble – From Physiognomics to Facebook


Edited By Olga Szmidt and Katarzyna Trzeciak

This book analyzes unobvious relations between historical definitions of the face and its contemporary usage in popular culture and social media, like Facebook or Instagram. Bringing together a wide range of methodologies, it includes essays from manifold disciplines of the humanities such as philosophy, literary and art criticism, media and television studies, game studies, sociology and anthropology. The authors focus on both metaphorical and material meanings of the face. They grapple with crucial questions about modernity, modern and postmodern subjectivity, as well as with origins of certain linguistic terms and popular, colloquial phrases based on the concept of the face.

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Adrianna Alksnin is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Polish Studies (Center for Anthropology of Literature and Culture Studies), Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She has published in Teksty Drugie, Przegląd Humanistyczny and Pamiętnik Literacki. She is also a student of the Faculty of Drama Directing at the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow.

Magda Ciereszko is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Applied Polish Studies, Department of Rhetoric and Media of the University of Warsaw. She graduated from the Faculty of Polish Studies and the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the Univeristy of Warsaw. Her Master’s thesis examined relations between pornography and mainstream culture. Her PhD thesis focuses on the concept of obscenity in modern advertising. She also lectures on the poetics of advertising, critique of advertising, social media and copywriting. She has been working in advertising since 2012. Selected publications: ‘Performing for the followers – social media as a platform for the artist’, Contemporary Lynx, Vol. 2, pp. 68–71 (2016); ‘Popularna pornografia? O rodzajach pornografii funkcjonujących na ziemiach polskich na początku XX wieku i jej relacji z ówczesną kulturą popularną’, Kultura i historia, Vol. 29 (2016).

Mathieu Corteel is a lecturer at the Institute of Psychology of Paris-Descartes University (Paris V), a seminar manager at Collège International de Philosophie (CIPH) and a PhD Candidate at Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV). He develops an epistemological history of the numerical method in medical sciences from...

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