Projects

Title: ChildAct: Shaping a Preferable Future: Children Reading, Thinking and Talking about AlternativeCommunities and Times

Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 745888.

Project coordinators: Dr Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (Uniwersytet Wrocławski), Prof. Eugene Giddens (Anglia Ruskin University)

Aims

Despite overall agreement that children’s voices matter in the development of policies affecting them, little effort has been made to develop cultural practices encouraging utopianism as a critical attitude to reality and a means of facilitating the expression of formative opinions on the part of children. Nor have young readers’ interpretations of utopian literature been investigated as indicating their perception of the sociopolitical arrangements around them. Notwithstanding the popularity of YA dystopian fiction, little attention has been given to utopian contents in other children’s texts. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak addresses these lacunae in a project examining utopianism as a significant element of discourse about children, manifesting in various cultural products addressed to them. She also conducts empirical participatory research (with children as peer researchers) aimed at creating egalitarian spaces within which young readers are not only heard but also collaborate with adults towards a better understanding of how books shape ideas for the desirable future. This approach—an innovation in children’s literature studies—has a huge potential for making children’s literature scholarship relevant to young people’s lives as a cultural practice sustaining intergenerational dialogue.

Dates: 21.08.2017-20.08.2018



Title: Comparative analysis of psychological predicates in Polish, Spanish and English

Funding institution: National Science Centre

Project coordinator: Prof. Bożena Rozwadowska

Participants: Prof. Anna Bondaruk (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Prof. Ewa Willim (Jagiellonian University), Prof. Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández (University of Sevilla), Dr Adam Biały (University of Wrocław), Dr Wojciech Witkowski (University of Wrocław)

Dates: 22.07.2015-21.07.2018

Aims: The main aim of the project is a comprehensive comparative analysis of psychological predicates (often referred to as affective predicates) in the framework of generative grammar. The scope of analysis comprises Polish and Spanish material in contrast with English data.

 

Title: Psy­cholin­guis­tic inves­ti­ga­tions into num­ber and quan­tifi­ca­tion in nat­ural language

Project coordinator: Prof. Joanna Błaszczak

Participants: Dr Dorota Klimek-Jankowska (University of Wrocław), Piotr Gulgowski, MA (University of Wrocław), Dr Barbara Tomaszewicz (University of Cologne)

Funding institution: National Science Centre (Opus 5)

Dates: from 28.03.2014

More information: http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/opus/

 

Title: Decom­pos­ing cat­e­gories in the brain: Focus on lin­guis­tic cat­e­gories express­ing even­tu­al­i­ties

Project coordinator: Prof. Joanna Błaszczak

Participants: Dr Dorota Klimek-Jankowska (University of Wrocław), Piotr Gulgowski, MA (University of Wrocław), Dr Anna Czypionka (University of Konstanz), Dr Barbara Tomaszewicz (University of Cologne)

Funding institution: Foundation for Polish Science (FOCUS)

Dates: 1.01.2014-31.03.2016

More information: http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/focus/

Title: ChildAct: Shaping a Preferable Future: Children Reading, Thinking and Talking about AlternativeCommunities and Times

Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 745888.

Project coordinators: Dr Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (Uniwersytet Wrocławski), Prof. Eugene Giddens (Anglia Ruskin University)

Aims

Despite overall agreement that children’s voices matter in the development of policies affecting them, little effort has been made to develop cultural practices encouraging utopianism as a critical attitude to reality and a means of facilitating the expression of formative opinions on the part of children. Nor have young readers’ interpretations of utopian literature been investigated as indicating their perception of the sociopolitical arrangements around them. Notwithstanding the popularity of YA dystopian fiction, little attention has been given to utopian contents in other children’s texts. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak addresses these lacunae in a project examining utopianism as a significant element of discourse about children, manifesting in various cultural products addressed to them. She also conducts empirical participatory research (with children as peer researchers) aimed at creating egalitarian spaces within which young readers are not only heard but also collaborate with adults towards a better understanding of how books shape ideas for the desirable future. This approach—an innovation in children’s literature studies—has a huge potential for making children’s literature scholarship relevant to young people’s lives as a cultural practice sustaining intergenerational dialogue.

Dates: 21.08.2017-20.08.2018