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The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN) is the largest and highly recognised literary and cultural studies centre in Poland. Founded in 1948, the Institute initially focused on Polish literature and culture in a comparative context as well as on literary theory. In the following decades the scope of research disciplines has developed to encompass the modern cultural studies. IBL PAN is also a leading national centre for documentation, bibliography and scholarly editions of Polish literature, as well as an early adopter of digital methods in the humanities. In 2013, as a result of a comprehensive assessment of education activities carried out by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Institute was awarded the highest scientific category A+. In 2016 the European Commission awarded the Institute with the certificate of ‘HR Excellence in research’.

The Institute currently employs app. 100 researchers and is a doctoral-level teaching centre. A substantial part of its budget comes from external grants obtained in competitive procedures mainly from the National Research Centre and the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities.

The Digital Humanities Centre at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CHC) was founded in 2013 to lead and coordinate the implementation of the Digital Humanities tools and methods to all research areas pursued in the Institute. CHC introduces digital methods and tools to bibliographical, biographical and lexicographical projects as well as to scholarly editions. It is also a forerunner of IBL PAN participation in international Digital Humanities networks: ESF RNP NeDiMAH (Network of Digital Methods in Arts and Humanities) which was joined by IBL PAN as an observer in the early 2014, and DARIAH PL consortium (a member of DARIAH ERIC - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) which IBL PAN co-initiated in 2014.

Digital media, which enable attractive forms of presentation, are often used to disseminate research results which are of interest not only to the academic community but also to general public. The Institute manages two electronic platforms New Panorama of Polish Literature (www.nplp.pl) and Polish Studies Newsletter (www.biuletynpolonistyczny.pl) – a joint undertaking of over twenty departments of Polish philology in Poland. Other digital projects: Sensualność w kulturze polskiej (The Senses in Polish Culture), Słownik Polszczyzny XVI wieku (Dictionary of 16th-Century Polish Language), Polska Bibliografia Literacka (Polish Literary Bibliography), Archiwum kobiet (Women’s Archive).

The Institute also engages in educational activities, including doctorate and postgraduate programs of study. The Institute is authorized to confer the academic degrees of PhD (doctorate)and DSc (habilitation) in literary studies, Since 1970, along with Humanities scholars from other academic centres in Poland and under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, IBL PAN has organised the National Contest in Polish Literature and Language (www.olijp.pl) – a competition for high school students covering Polish literature, language and culture.

IBL PAN is active in national and regional science popularization events such as annual Festivals of Science and Scientific Picnics. The Institute also supports initiatives undertaken individually by their staff, for example publishing in journals for general public, participating in radio and TV programmes, organising events in public libraries and engaging in public activities of other national or regional cultural and educational institutions. IBL PAN actively animate the Polish studies community at home and abroad.

In 1990, the Institute launched its own publishing house which has so far published over 500 titles both for academic and general public. The Institute is a publisher of respected peer-reviewed periodicals: quarterly Pamiętnik Literacki (“Literary Memoir”), the oldest academic journal on literary studies in Poland; bi-monthly Teksty Drugie (“Second Texts”), with an open-access English edition and “Napis” (“Inscription”), an annual journal dedicated to the history of Polish literature. These publications cover literary history, theory and criticism as well as related academic fields, thus create a platform for interdisciplinary debates in contemporary Humanities. Apart from journals and individual monographs, the Institute publishes book series (in Polish): Bibliotheca Old-Polish Authors coedited with Societas Pro Cultura Litteraria, Old Polish Studies, Studies of the Enlightenment, History of Artistic Forms in Polish Literature, Polish Drama. Reactivation, Polish Studies Abroad, Bibliotheca Litterarum Medii Aevi, New Humanities, Bibliotheca of Polish Enlightenment Authors co-edited with Societas Pro Cultura Litteraria.

The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Nowy Świat 72
00-330 Warszawa,
22 8269945