Contemporary culture – ordinary tools developed by traditional fields of science are no longer sufficient to describe it. We are in need of new interpretations and many academic centres around the world work to create them.
We are constantly being attacked by an abundance of cultural, scientific and artistic phenomena on a daily basis. The polyphonic turmoil requires us to go beyond the traditional divisions into academic disciplines and to embrace the great many spaces where human creativity and thought are being formed. The scientific activity of the Chair of Contemporary Culture serves to create an innovative, synthetic and organised discourse.
The Chair of Contemporary Culture, operating within the Institute of Culture of the Jagiellonian University, is a post-disciplinary team of researchers focusing on the problems and phenomena of culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. For us, contemporary era is the present and the recent decades. We are studying the culture that is being created in front of our eyes: the films that are being shown in cinemas today, the books that are being reviewed by the press, the theory that is currently being forged at world universities.