Colloquia Humanistica

The journal Colloquia Humanistica was founded as an interdisciplinary annual forum for discussion between researchers, who represent different fields of the humanities. Each issue is centred around different main theme, presented from diverse perspectives. This reflects our awareness of the value of cooperation between various disciplines of the humanities. Thus, we can paint a comprehensive picture of the subject matter. We seek to ensure the consistent Academic standards of the texts by entrusting the editorial duties to scholars of high standing. Every main theme is inspired by cultural studies and devoted particularly to issues that were previously marginalised or dominated by one ideological stance. We focus on topics most often overlooked by so-called official culture inconvenient for national narratives, or treated instrumentally therein. We invite cooperation and contributions from scholars representing cultural studies, linguists, historians, ethnologists, philosophers, and others.

Colloquia Humanistica is not strictly confined to the area of Slavic cultures or the Balkans; while Slavic and Balkan themes will appear in the journal, they only serve as an illustration for broader issues in the humanities. It is the intention of our annual to promote regular discussion on various biases and stereotypes: cultural, national, as well as academic. For that reason, an important place in the journal is reserved for the section called “Materials”, where we present literary and historical inedita, as well as texts translated into Polish for the first time. The journal is published in English, with “Materials” in Polish translation, preceded by English introductions.

We hope that the new Colloquia Humanistica will attain high scholarly standards. At the same time, we would like the journal to host animated discussions on various topics, not in the sense of swift reactions to short-lived sensationalism but by offering constant support to the scholarly exchange of ideas in the form of: debates, arguments, creative discussions; as opposed to biased expositions approaching issues from the singular point of view of a specific ideology. In other words: we would like it to be a “Colloquium”.

The journal is published in open access and is indexed in databases including Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics) and European Reference Index for the Humanities Plus (ERIH Plus). Points awarded for publication according to the List of scholarly journals and peer-reviewed international conference materials, issued by the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Poland: 70.


Rocznik „Colloquia Humanistica” został pomyślany jako przestrzeń dyskusji i wymiany poglądów między badaczami, nie tylko z Polski, ale i z ośrodków zagranicznych, którzy reprezentują różne pola humanistyki. Każdy numer rocznika zawiera blok tematyczny poświęcony prezentacji jednej kwestii (zgodnej z profilem czasopisma), ukazywanej z różnych perspektyw. Dzięki takiemu podejściu staramy się przekazać jak najbardziej kompletny obraz rozważanego tematu, gdyż jesteśmy świadomi, że wartością jest współpraca między różnymi dyscyplinami humanistyki. Z tego powodu przykładamy wielką wagę do wysokiego naukowego poziomu tekstów zamieszczonych w tym dziale, a jego naukową redakcję powierzamy zawsze specjalistom. Każdy temat przewodni rocznika jest inspirowany studiami kulturowymi, a zarazem poświęca specjalną uwagę problemom, które były naszym zdaniem marginalizowane lub ideologizowane. W centrum uwagi rocznika znajdują się tematy niedostrzegane przez tzw. kulturę oficjalną, niewygodne dla narodowych narracji lub traktowane przez nie instrumentalnie Do każdego tematu zapraszamy szerokie spectrum badaczy, kulturologów, lingwistów, historyków, etnologów, literaturoznawców, filozofów, choć ta lista nie wyczerpuje przedstawicieli dyscyplin, których artykuły prezentujemy na łamach rocznika.

„Colloquia Humanistica” nie są rocznikiem ani slawistycznym, ani bałkanistycznym, choć tematy slawistyczne i bałkanistyczne pojawią się w czasopiśmie, ale jedynie jako jedna z ilustracji szerszych humanistycznych problemów. Intencją rocznika jest konsekwentne podejmowanie dyskusji z uprzedzeniami i stereotypami, kulturowymi, narodowymi, czasem naukowymi. Dlatego bardzo ważne miejsce w roczniku zajmuje dział zatytułowany „Materiały”, w którym prezentujemy nowe, niepublikowane teksty: literackie, historyczne, także utwory po raz pierwszy tłumaczone na język polski. Rocznik w całości jest przygotowywany w języku angielskim, materiały publikowane w tłumaczeniu na język polski poprzedzamy angielskojęzycznymi wprowadzeniami.

Mamy nadzieję, że rocznik „Colloquia Humanistica” będzie czasopismem zachowującym naukowe standardy, ale żywym, nie w sensie reakcji na doraźną sensację, lecz w sensie podtrzymywania idei naukowej rozmowy, która ma charakter debaty, sporu, twórczej dyskusji, nie zaś ideologicznej wykładni racji jakiejś strony, „Colloquium” właśnie.

Czasopismo ukazuje się w otwartym dostępie i jest indeksowane w bazie Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), European Reference Index for the Humanities Plus (ERIH Plus). Liczba punktów przyznawanych za publikację w czasopiśmie zgodnie z Wykazem czasopism naukowych i recenzowanych materiałów z konferencji międzynarodowych Ministerstwa Edukacji i Nauki wynosi: 70.



Colloquia Humanistica 13 (2024) – call for papers


Colloquia Humanistica is the interdisciplinary journal of humanities of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Our aim is to introduce a variety of perspectives in discussing contemporary issues. We would like to propose a unique space that allows an intensive intellectual debate and a dynamic exchange of thoughts between researchers of different perspectives in humanities and social sciences. Colloquia Humanistica kindly invites submissions of manuscripts that address the topic:

Digital Studies of Culture in Central Europe

Now more than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has made us realise how deeply reliant we are on digital resources and research methods. Such an awareness has undoubtedly opened up new opportunities for research across distant geographical spaces and datasets, but simultaneously pointed to the so far rather fragmented landscape of online available data, their forms and content, and limitations related to the utilisation of various analytical tools across different datasets, institutions and disciplines. In comparison with major language communities and/or resourceful academic environments, Central Europe, with its limited funding opportunities and diverse language communities, generally appears to be responding to the new challenges at a slower pace (with the exception of a few cutting-edge projects).

The transnational cooperation that is crucial for comparing datasets and arriving at wider conclusions is sometimes hindered in Central Europe by conflicting historical narratives, which continue to be rooted in nationalist myths and boosted by the dubious practices of memory politics. While it is generally true that digital methods have yet to be integrated into the usual research toolkit of scholarly communities in the arts, humanities and social sciences, this semi-peripheral region has arguably also been affected by extensive “top-down” approaches in expanding digital studies. The overuse of buzzwords and ambiguous experiences with methodologies fostered “from above” has resulted in considerable distrust towards the field even among many of those who could not be charged with methodological conservatism. Furthermore, fear of a new version of what American performance artist Lydia Lunch (1993) called “the elitism of computers” has emerged.

The announced thematic section of Colloquia Humanistica proposes to address the roots, contexts and consequences of reserved attitudes towards digital research tools and communication platforms in contemporary academia in Austria and the Visegrad countries, to foster a better understanding of the caveats of this emerging field and help find solutions to the most pressing issues.

We invite contributions that address the problems and possible solutions by either providing a sweeping account or focusing on specific case studies. Questions to answer may include:

  • What do academics mean when they talk about digital methods?
  • What are the conditions of conducting digital research?
  • What factors appear to be the major obstacles to the spread of DH?
  • How are digital methods used to study a variety of cultural phenomena? What conclusions can be drawn from “best practice” cases? What do such success stories tell us about digital research in the region?
  • How do they change the research process and sharing of the research outcome?

To find replies to these questions, we are searching for papers of up to 20 standard pages discussing examples of successful projects, approaches and tools, or papers that simply develop the germs of ideas for future research.

We would like to call upon cultural historians, cultural sociologists, cultural anthropologists, cultural geographers, scholars with interdisciplinary approaches to cultural and heritage studies, and members of all other relevant academic disciplines.



  • Abstract in English Language and in Author's Native Tongue (300 words) and biography (50 words) by 20 February 2023.
  • Contacting selected authors by 28 February 2023.
  • First draft (5000 words) by 15 May 2023.
  • First round of editorial comments and proofreading by 30 May 2023.
  • Peer review by 15 November 2023.
  • Final manuscript by 30 June 2024.
  • Further proofreading and publication by the end of 2024.

 Papers should be submitted on the open journal platform.

Contributors are encouraged to refer to the author guidelines on the journal website:

Feel free to contact the scientific editors of the volume:

Ondřej Daniel, Charles University, Prague, CZ:

Robert Kulmiński, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, PL:


Further information about the project:

Journal website:

Posted: 2022-12-19

Colloquia Humanistica 12 (2023) – call for papers


Colloquia Humanistica is the interdisciplinary journal of humanities of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Our aim is to introduce a variety of perspectives in discussing contemporary issues. We would like to propose a unique space that allows an intensive intellectual debate and a dynamic exchange of thoughts between researchers of different perspectives in humanities and social sciences. Colloquia Humanistica kindly invites submissions of manuscripts that address the topic:

Centre-periphery relation and the formation of collective and individual identities in the Balkans and Central Europe

Both the Balkans and Central Europe were often perceived as transitional areas and peripheries of Western or Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean or the Orient. This peripherality, present on many levels (cultural, political and otherwise), has not, however, hindered the formation of an identity for these regions, nor a coherent concept of what it means to be Balkan or Central European.

The announced thematic section of Colloquia Humanistica journal will refer to the external and internal image of these regions in the above-mentioned broad context, but also to the axis of center and periphery understood on a smaller scale. Social, ethnic, and religious identities were often formed on the axis of the center (economically prosperous areas, cities, centers of high culture, religious centers) and the periphery (economically backward areas, provinces, the world of culture and traditional beliefs).

The vectors of the center-periphery axis in local terms sometimes coincided with the more general conditions of East-West relations, but often constituted a quality in themselves. This makes it all the more important to examine the formation of collective and individual identities (and their external perception) in the context of different points of reference: the nearest city, or center of worship, or broader ideas of Europeanness, Balkanness, or the Orient.


The title and short abstract should be submitted by November 1st, 2022. The deadline for manuscripts is December 31th, 2022. Papers should be submitted on the open journal platform.

Contributors are encouraged to refer to the author guidelines at the journal website:

Feel free to contact scientific editor of the volume:

Wojciech Sajkowski:

Posted: 2022-01-31
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No 11 (2022): The sense of an ending and the imagination of the end: apocalypse, disaster and messianic time

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Complete list of reviewers for the issue 11 [Lista recenzentów numeru 11]

Conception and academic editing of this issue [Koncepcja i redakcja naukowa tomu]: Ewa Niedziałek

Apocalyptical visions go beyond Christian eschatology and permeate our present imagination. Not as much with the already bygone symbolism or the terror of bloody carnage, as with the vague sense of an ending, fuelled by historical conditions – the Holocaust, nuclear crisis, or more contemporary global threats of viral pandemic or climate change.

Renewed interest in eschatological narratives is visible in philosophy, literature and art both in recalling or reinterpreting its tradition and in feeding on the radical instance of an ending. According to Derrida, the key hermeneutic undertaking of literature lies in postponing the apocalyptic horizon. Blanchot sees in a disaster a radical change that introduces different logic into our thought and writing. Both of them dwell upon two crucial features brought by the apocalyptical imagination – language and time. End-directed orientation spread between an individual and collective, past and present, religious and secular, becomes an organizing principle of collective thinking and a field of a search for a new language.

In the upcoming volume, we gather various voices concerning contemporary discursive practices embracing the topic of the sense of an ending and imagination of the end.


The project Colloquia Humanistica 11– financed from the funds of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Poland under the "Development of Scientific Journals" programme, contract no. RCN/SP/0420/2021/1. [Zadanie „Colloquia Humanistica” 11 finansowane ze środków Ministerstwa Edukacji i Nauki w ramach programu „Rozwój czasopism naukowych”, umowa RCN/SP/0420/2021/1].