|Place||Kraków, International Cultural Centre, POLAND|
|Organizer||International Cultural Centre in Cracow|
Issue 20 (2015)
Premiere of recent issue of Herito quarterly, prepared in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The leading topic – the Horizons of Balticum – was conceived on the occasion of Polish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (in effect until June, 30, 2016) and the resulting need to take a closer look at countries located in the Baltic Sea basin and pose several questions.
The Balticum as a geo-cultural community? Arguments supporting this claim would probably as numerous as sceptical voices. But it is not a question of evidence. Another issue seems to be much more important: why is it advisable to think in terms of large geo-cultural regions and what possibilities are opened by such perspective? Can the Baltic be called the Mediterranean of Northern Europe? Does it unite or perhaps divide the nations living around it? With what values is Balticness associated? Can they become the foundation for a Baltic community and identity? To what extent is Poland a Baltic country? Have the Poles become a nation of the sea?
In the new issue:
Małgorzata Omilanowska and Adam Krzemiński consider whether Poland is a maritime country and whether the Baltic is a genuine sea.
Stefan Troebst, Włodzimierz Pessel and Kristian Gerner investigate the region’s history and ask whom the Baltic unites and whom it divides.
Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Olaf Mörke, Leonidas Donskis and Tuomo Melasuo speculate on the potential foundations for a Baltic identity.
Adam Balcer follows the route connecting the Balticum with Islam.
Literature, arts, music and design are addressed in writings and conversations by Szymon Piotr Kubiak, Jan Balbierz, Roxanna Panufnik, Adam Laskowski, Paweł Huelle, Łukasz Galusek, Monika Rydiger, Maris Takk and Rikke Jacobsen.
The Baltic skerries and spits are photographed by Gytis Skudžinskas (pictures from the series “99 Baltic Tales”).