Edited By Beata Ptaszyńska, Paulina Stanik and Stanisław Świtlik
Cultural historians, literary scholars and linguists have been concerned with the question of how the world can be understood and represented in text. This volume presents new questions, methods and approaches in Humanism by promoting scholarly work of young researchers who participated in the Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques – Structures conference in Warsaw, Poland. In their analyses, the authors shed new light on works of literature, foreign cultures and languages of the world by adopting broad perspectives and using various methods. It contains eleven articles organized into the following parts: The World in Languages and The World in Literature.
Instead of an Introduction
Is there a need to talk about methods and techniques of doing and conducting academic research? Are we not postmodern, so everybody does what seems to be right and needed? For over 70 years, we have been happy with ‘contemporary’ literature and linguistics disappearing behind and under numerous fields, topics and theories.
As we think about science, its impact on social surroundings and as we pose numerous questions about it being ‘useful’ or ‘scientific enough’, there is a disparate answer: we shall do science but we shall not think of making any commercial use of our studies. In Academia, of course, we conduct research. But how is it done? What do young scientists think of the existing methods and paradigms?
Following a strong belief that there is a lack of theoretical discussion and critical thinking in contemporary theory of science, we decided to organize a conference. It was coordinated by the PhD candidates of the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw.
Among the researchers, as the two volumes of INTER-/TRANS-/UNIDISCIPLINARY METHODS – TECHNIQUES – STRUCTURES show, there is a strong need to ask questions and seek answers about doing science. One is certain: the “why” they conduct scientific research is powerful and the “how” can always get stronger. Consequently, many researchers sent in their papers and came to Warsaw to exchange their thoughts.
As the reader can choose between many different approaches and topics presented in our two volumes,...
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