7.11.2019 Literature

Centenary of Birth of Marian Pankowski

In 2019, the centenary of Marian Pankowski’s birth will remind us of this exceptional author whose destiny was linked to Belgium and Europe; the destiny of a Pole who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps. A surprising writer, he places his native Sanok in the Carpathians and then Brussels at the centre of his writings, in his poetic work in Polish and French. Award-winning and translated into several languages, he has made a name for himself as a proponent and playwright, courageously challenging stereotypes, clichés and traditions. In his writings, he attacked the taboos of the Catholic religion, homosexuality, politeness and even Judaism. He defended the singularity and imagination of an individual being who is nevertheless attentive to what can happen in the community.

Professor at the Free University of Brussels, Marian Pankowski has taught for decades the beauty of the Polish but also the French language and the particularities of the two literary registers. Insubordinate and elegant, provocative and serious, her work deserves our full attention because it crosses boundaries.

Conference “Marian Pankowski’s pioneering work (1919-2011) in the Belgian and Polish contexts”
This lecture course will be given by Dorota Walczak (ULB) and Tomasz Chomiszczak (UP, Krakow/Sanok) under the academic supervision of Xavier Luffin.

> Date:     Thursday 07 November 2019
> Hour: 17h00
> Location:      Palais des Académies, 1 rue Ducale, 1000 Bruxelles
Free entrance upon  resgistration

Opening of the exhibition “Marian Pankowski in the Eyes of the West”

> Date :     Friday 08 November 2019
> Hour: 17h30 
> Location:      Bibliothèque des Sciences humaines de l’ULB, Bât. NB, Avenue Paul Héger 1, 1050 Bruxelles
Free entrance

Screening of the film “Tribute to Marian Pankowski” by Boris Lehman, followed by a reception

Date :     Friday 08 November 2019
> Hour: 18h30 
> Location:      Maison des Arts de l’ULB, Avenue Jeanne 56, 1050 Bruxelles
Free entrance

Académie Royale: http://www.academieroyale.be/fr/le-college-belgique-lecons-detail/dates/l-oeuvre-pionniere-marian-pankowski-1919-2011-dans-contextes-belge-polonais-07-11-2019-17-00/

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