Theoretician and historian of contemporary literature and culture, head of the Department of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies of Jagiellonian University, a professor at the Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1998, and a full professor of Jagiellonian University since 2002. Subsidised by the Foundation for Polish Science, he runs the research project entitled Polish Modernity: Poetics and Culture. Editor of the Teksty Drugie bimonthly, member of the Polish Academy of Learning and Collegium Invisible. He delivered lectures at universities in: Vienna, Brazil, Mainz, Uppsala, and at Yale University in New Haven, and his lectures were read out at many international universities, including the Sorbonne, Harvard, and the University of Lviv. Interested primarily in literary theory, literary history (particularly between the Young Poland period and the present), and historical cultural poetics. Author of more than 160 publications; his works include titles such as: Sylwy współczesne. Problem konstrukcji tekstu (1984), Tekstowy świat. Poststrukturalizm a wiedza o literaturze (1995), Język modernizmu. Prolegomena historycznoliterackie (1997), and Literatura jako trop rzeczywistości. Poetyka epifanii w nowoczesnej literaturze polskiej (2001). On 23rd October at 7:00pm in The Pod Baranami Palace Ryszard Nycz will lead a discussion The policy of sensitivity. How to deal with humanities today?