Our lecturers are academics befriended by the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities who have kindly accepted our invitation to co-operate and have led lectures, seminars and discussions in Krakow.

Moshe Idel

Moshe Idel is Max Cooper Professor (Emeritus) in Jewish Thought, Department of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Senior Researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


Ernst van Alphen

professor of literary studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Until 2005 he was the Queen Beatrix Professor of Dutch studies, as well as professor of rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. His main research interests are visual and cultural studies, literary theory, comparative literature, Holocaust studies, and gender studies.


André Rouillé

historian of photography, professor at Université Paris 8, editor-in-chief of  La Recherche photographique. Rouillé runs www.paris-art.com the first French website devoted to contemporary culture including art, photography, design, dance, literature, which he established in 2002.


W. J. T. Mitchell

is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago.


Georges Didi-Huberman

philosopher and art historian. Author of numerous publications on the history and theory of images.


Hal Foster

Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor at Princeton University, is an art historian and well-known author on modernist and contemporary art and theory.



Catherine Gallagher

is a literary scholar working on the cultural history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as on the historiography and theory of the novel.

Martin Jay

a leading scholar of European intellectual history, visual culture, and critical theory.


Walter Benn Michaels

American literary researcher, and political philosopher. He has lectured at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (1974-1977, 1987-2001) and at the University of California at Berkeley (1977-1987). Since 2001 he has worked at the University of Illinois in Chicago.


Rodolphe Gasché

Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo and one of the most outstanding philosphers in the world. He works in the fields of history of aesthetics, idealism and German romanticism, phenomenological and postphenomenological thought, as well as hermeneutics and critical theory.



Derek Attridge

is the Professor of English and the Head of the English Department at York University. His interests centre on language of literature and that serves him as a departure point for intellectual excursions in many different directions. His first works were concerned with the rhythm and metric variations in British poetry.


Samuel Weber

is the Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University. He also co-ordinates the overseas Paris Program in Critical Theory that he established when he was still holding his professorship at UCLA. Weber was trained under Paul de Man and Theodor W. Adorno and he translated Adorno's texts into English. His translations and his introduction to the English edition of Adorno's works were of utmost significance in shaping the American reception of the Frankfurt School. Professor Weber works within the fields of literary theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis. His affiliation with de Man encouraged him to take up deconstruction (he interpreted and translated Derrida's texts).


Hermann Lang

is a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and philosopher. His analytical training he received at the Analytical Institute Heidelberg-Mannheim and the École Freudienne de Paris (Lacan School) in Paris and Strassbourg, where he was the only German member. Studies of medicine, psychoanalysis and philosophy at the Universities of Heidelberg, Paris-Sorbonne and Paris-Vincennes. In Paris he studied and worked at the psychiatric hospital St. Anne and attended the seminars in psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan and lectures in philosophy by Ricoeur, Foucault and Deleuze.


Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes is the world's leading specialist in history of ancient Palestine and the Aramaic language as well as a noted authority on the Qumrân scrolls which he edited and published in a translation regarded to be the best standard edition of the scrolls in English (The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, 1962; The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, 2004). As one of the world's first scholars he studied the famous Qumrân scrolls after their discovery in 1947 and remains the greatest authority in this area.


Hans Belting

Professor for History of Art. He is concerned with the art of the European Middle Ages, modern art as well as image theory. Between 1970-80 he was Professor for History of Art at the University of Munich. In 1993 he left Munich to establish a doctoral programme at the freshly established Hochschule für Gestaltung [Academy for Design] in Karlsruhe.


Geoffrey G. Harpham

is the Director of National Humanities Center in Northern California as well as a guest lecturer in literature at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently he has been preoccupied with the organization of a three-year-long research project Autonomy, Singularity, Creativity: The Human & The Humanities, in which representatives of different branches of the Humanities look for a common ground, where they can discuss the most important questions raised by the Humanities.


Leonard Neuger

(b. 1947 in Krakow), literary scholar and translator. In 1965-71 he studied Polish literature at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 1978 he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and in 1993 he earned his habilitation at the Stockholm University, Sweden. A faculty member at the Institute of Polish Literature and Culture at the University of Silesia (1974-82), later a faculty member (docent, 1993) at the Slavonic Institute at the Stockholm University. Since 1995 he has been a professor of Polish language and literature and since 2003 he has held the chair of the Slavonic Institute at the Stockholm University.


Krzysztof Michalski

(1948-2013), philosopher, professor at the University of Warsaw and Boston University, Rector of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna.


is a sociologist and a director of research at the CNRS. In addition to many articles published in scientific and cultural reviews, she has also published more than 30 books dealing with the status of the artist, the concept of author, contemporary art, the question of identity, the concept of values, and the history of sociology. Her last book to be published was entitled Le Paradigme de l'art contemporain. Structures d'une révolution artistique (Gallimard, 2014).



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Comparative Heritage Studies, MA


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