Centre for French Culture and Francophone Studies of the University of Warsaw was one of the partners of the Summer School entitled “Inequality and Social Protest in Transatlantic Literary Journalism: The Cases of French journalisme littéraire, Polish reportaż, Spanish periodismo narrativo and the Latin American crónica”, organized by Université de Lorraine (Nancy, France) from 25 to 29 May 2021.
Celebrated online due to the pandemic outbreak, the event counted with the participation of international scholars (John S. Bak, Professor at the Université de Lorraine in France and founding President of the IALJS, Patricia Poblete Alday, Professor at the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Santiago de Chile, Roberto Herrscher, Director of the School of Journalism at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago de Chile, Marcela Aguilar, Professor at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile, dr. Audrey Alvès and dr. Loïc Ballarini from the Université de Lorraine in France, dr. Antonio Cuartero Naranjo, a postdoctoral researcher at the Universidad de Málaga in Spain, and dr. Aleksandra Wiktorowska, a researcher of our centre and an adjunct postdoc within the CRONICA project at the Université de Lorraine, France).
Professional guest speakers included a keynote Artur Domosławski, Polish grand reporter, Adrien Bosc, editor of Revue Feuilleton, and Robert S. Boynton, writer, editor, and director of “Literary Reportage,” at the New York University.
39 students and professionals registered for the event. Students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, and Venezuela participated in workshops and lectures on principal themes treated in literary journalism (war, immigration, drug trafficking, autocratic politics, and social inequalities).
Course themes ranged from Cultural Studies, Literary Journalism and Social Protest (John S. Bak and Aleksandra Wiktorowska), The Latin American Use of Irony and Humor in Crónicas about Social and Political Tragedies (Roberto Herrscher), and Postmodern Horror Stories: Violence, Immigration and Drug Trafficking in Central America and Mexico (Patricia Poblete Alday), to Drug Cultures and Social Development in the Southern Cone (Marcela Aguilar), Mécanismes de la narration journalistique: raconter le monde social (Audrey Alvès and Loïc Ballarini), and The Spain of Sun-drenched Beaches and the Spain of Barren Hinterlands: Economic and Social Inequality in the Distribution of the Population throughout the Country (Antonio Cuartero Naranjo).