December 6th, 2023
Multiculturalism and multilingualism in a society
Imre József Balázs
A Hungarian poet, literary critic, editor and literary historian from Romania. His main subjects of interest and research areas are the Hungarian avant-garde from Romania, and the international networks of Surrealism. His research and work prove his attachment to Romanian literature as well – especially with the avant-garde. He fulfils the role of a mediator between Hungarian and Romanian literature not only through his translations from Romanian, his academic papers written in Romanian, but also through his contributions to the publication of Hungarian poets in literary anthologies written in Romanian language.
University of Oulu
The topics of my research deal with the history of ideas and identities as well as the history of minorities and minority language politics. I am interested in conceptual history, and I have applied it to the study of the concept of populism in Finnish political discourse. Additionally, in the research project Whose City?, I study how visual culture was used to address problems and inequalities in urban space during the 1960s and 1970s.
Director of the School for the Study of Canada
Professor of Geography in the School of the Environment at Trent University
Heather Nicol’s research is focused upon exploring the dynamics which structure the political geography of the circumpolar North, with a specific focus on the North American Arctic and Canada-US relations. Her work is focused upon cross-border relations, tensions, geopolitical narratives and mappings of power and sovereignty.
University of Lausanne
François Rosset, professor of French literature and culture at the University of Lausanne. He is the author of more than 250 publications mainly devoted to the forms of the French and European novel of the Baroque and Neoclassical eras, the question of literary imagology, the notion of the European Enlightenment and its various varieties. His most recent books are Dictionnaire critique de l’utopie au temps des Lumières (Geneva, 2015 – with Bronislaw Baczko and Michel Porret) and L’Enclos des Lumières. Essai sur la culture littéraire en Suisse romande au XVIIIe siècle. His following works have been published in Poland: The Tree of Krakow. Mit polski w literaturze francuskiej 1573-1896 (Krakow, 1997), Z Warszawy do Saragossy, Jan Potocki i jego dzieło (Warsaw, 2005), Jan Potocki, Biografia (Warsaw, 2006) and an edition of the newly established form of the Saragossa Manuscript (Krakow 2015). He has also translated works of Polish literature into French (including A. Mickiewicz, A. Szczypiorski, P. Huelle, J. Pilch, K. Penderecki). He is President of the Kościelski Foundation in Geneva.