5.12.2015 Literature

Telling it like it is. Literary journalism in Poland and in Belgium.

Being a journalist means helping to describe our surroundings, expressing oneself via channels which were founded to spread knowledge in the plural form. Newspapers, periodicals, blogs, comic books, all go together to form this network of channels. Journalism is much more than compiling facts or relating events: it involves narration, making choices within the hierarchical organisation of elements and placing language centre stage in order to give it all the space required to adequately express its subject matter. The workshop event Raconter le réel – Le journalisme littéraire en Pologne et en Belgique (Telling it like it is – literary journalism in Poland and in Belgium) wants to use these debates to focus on the means of expression afforded to journalists.
The tradition of literary reportage is very important in Poland: from Ryszard KAPUŚCIŃSKI and Hanna KRALL to the establishment of the Institute of Literary Reportage by Mariusz SZCZYGIEŁ and Wojciech TOCHMAN, this literary form is in rude health, notably in the weekly printed press. In Belgium, it is less well-known, perhaps beacuse it is expressed through different channels. Blogs and comics in particular come to mind, or the very new mooks (a contraction of the words ‘magazine’ and ‘books’), such as 24h01, which prioritise long formats. The list goes on.
Talking about these traditions and these forms, reporters and their narrative choices, means asking questions about the urgency of information, dissecting the nitty gritty and placing it front and centre.
The CLUB DE LA PRESSE DU HAINAUT-MONS is joining forces with the Brussels Polish Institute to give journalists the exceptional opportunity to give their views on the subject in the new Utopia space (part of MUNDANEUM).

>>>Espace Utopia (rue de Nimy 76, 5000 Mons) – see the map 
>>> Satursday 5 December2015 – 9:00 > 18:30  
>>> Registration free of charge (see conditions) but number of places limited

9h – Welcome
9:30 -Introduction to “Literary Journalism in Poland” by Katia VANDENBORRE (ULB)
10:15 – Conference/débat « Raconter le réel – le journalisme littéraire en Belgique et en Pologne » (‘Telling it like it is – literary journalism in Belgium and in Poland’), withArtur DOMOSŁAWSKI (PL), Wojciech JAGIELSKI (PL), Alain LALLEMAND (BE) andSkan TRIKI (BE). Moderator: Philippe WALKOWIAK (BE),journalist, Head of RTBF radio’s Political Service, Chairman of the Club de la Presse, Hainaut-Mons
12:15 – break
– Workshop 1 (in English), withArtur DOMOSŁAWSKI
– Workshop 1 (in French), withAlain LALLEMAND
– Workshop 2 (in English), withWojciech JAGIELSKI
– Workshop 2 (in French), withSkan TRIKI
18:00-18:30 – conclusions

Registration is free but mandatory: the Utopia space at Mundaneum has a maximum capacity of 60 people for the conference/debate. The workshops are reserved for a total of 30 people. You can reserve your place at the following address: jeremy.lambert@instytutpolski.org. Participants must register for two workshops:
Choice 1: Artur Domosławski (14:00-15:50) + Skan Triki (16:10-18:00)
Choice 2: Alain Lallemand (14:00-15:50) + Wojciech Jagielski (16:10-18:00)

A renowned reporter for the weekly Polityka and specialist in Latin America, anti-globalisation movements, social conflicts and religious affairs. His five books have been very successful in Poland and his biography of Ryszard Kapuszczyński has been translated into several languages (it’s published in French by Les Arènes)

War correspondent in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Chechnya and Georgia for the Polish Press Agency (PAP) and the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, he collaborates regularly with Le Monde and the BBC. His books have been put forward several times for the NIKE prize, which is the most prestigious Polish prize for literature.

A renowned reporter for the daily Le Soir and lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain. Over a quarter of a century, either as an investigative journalist or war reporter, he has traversed more than 70 countries coming face-to-face with half a dozen conflicts. He is the author of a practical manual on journalistic accounts, Le Journalisme narratif en pratique.

Journalist for the mook 24h01, for the information site Ijsberg. A huge admirer of Homer, the history of journalism and great reporters such as Jules Vallès, Gaston Leroux and Joseph Kessel, he sees himself as a disciple learning to look at and understand human nature, all with the goal of telling the story of man. He conceives of journalism as a highly-nuanced magnifying glass which detects the smallest aspects of man and society.&



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