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Dr. Lukasz Sicinski – “Beyond a Zero-Sum Game: Re-Enchantment in Miron Białoszewski’s Prose”

February 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join us as Dr. Lukasz Sicinski presents “Beyond a Zero-Sum Game: Re-Enchantment in Miron Białoszewski’s Prose”.

The talk will be held Monday, February 11th in 494 Van Hise.

What is re-enchantment? Broadly speaking, it is an attempt to re-connect with the world–an attempt to see the world as meaningful and view the world’s meaning as having an impact on human praxis. To re-enchant the world, therefore, is to conceive of human cognitive activity as a response to the meaning which is not arbitrarily created through choice or some contingent desire, but rather exists objectively.This talk addresses the issue of visual perception in the works of Miron Białoszewski (1922-1983), with a special focus on the perceptual experiments that frequently feature in his prose. These explorations–or, as Białoszewski’s narrator calls them, “intrigues – are permeated by a playful attitude, which undermines habitual ways of seeing, often rendering the perceived reality unstable. In my talk, I will demonstrate that the perceptual experiments of Białoszewski’s narrator are part of a strategy whose aim is to re-enchant the world by reaching beyond conceptually determined limits of experience. Foregrounding the epistemological foundations of this strategy, I will argue that it escapes the framework of essentialism but at the same time allows for human cognition to be understood beyond the confines of antirealist constructivism. As such, I will argue, the strategy of Białoszewski’s narrator can be seen as a uniquely non-essentialist understanding of re-enchantment.

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February 11, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


494 Van Hise
1220 Linden Drive WI
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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