Ewa Rewers


Birthdate: 1952

Living place: Poznań, Poland

Theme: philosophy, culture theory

ECC Participation: panel member

photo: private archive

A professor of philosophy and culture theory. Rewers joined the Cultural Studies Institute at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in 1976, where she now heads the City Culture Section. She also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, University of East Anglia, University of Cambridge and the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow. She also led a round of consultations for doctoral students at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona.

”Suddenly, industrial architecture became a cultural asset. Cultural studies experts and art historians will also benefit from revitalization programs.”

Her research focuses mostly on city spaces, architecture, sociology of culture, language and literature. Rewers has published books on structuralist theories of language and literature and philosophy of culture: “Language- and Art-related Social Conciousness” (1991) and “Language and Space. The Poststructuralist Turn in the Philosophy of Culture.” (1996)

In 2005, she published “Post-polis. Introduction to Philosophy of the Postmodern City,” wherein she mixed scientific know-how with personal reflection. In her book, Rewers described the multitude of ways of describing the city and wondered about the identity of cities. She noticed that the direction that postindustrial cities from the turn of the 21st century are developing in is very hard to define. Moreover, they’re entangled in a global, multimedia network – closely connected to the cinema, visual arts and new technologies. Young people are the capital of these cities, a fact not yet fully taken advantage of in Poland.

Rewers is a member of the International Association for Aesthetics and the International Association for Semiotics Studies. She participated in, and from 2000 to 2004 was the vice-president of the Coordination of International Organizations of Research on Architecture and Architecturology (CORA/AL) program.

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