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Cultural Literacy in lockdown

By Robert Crawshaw, April 2020

Tuesday 17th March 2020 found us desperately trying to leave France.  We had been about to embark on a seven-day, guideless, ski-mountaineering tour in the area of Mont Thabor in the South Vanoise, near the Italian border. Instead, after a fifteen-hour journey, we had found on arrival in Valfréjus that all the Alpine huts were closed. The small, purpose-built resort would be evacuated the following day. Our families were texting us to get out quick while the going was good or we might be there for the duration.  But how? Ingenuity was called for. Friends in Lyon were telephoned. Paris should be avoided at all costs. Macron had spoken the previous evening. Flights had been cancelled and France was in shut down. Patience and alacrity were called for. Just as well we had the language.

The train was packed – ‘bondé’. Passengers were seated or standing, cheek by jowl. Social distance it was not. Most were masked, wiping ethanol on their hands, peeling gloves on and off. Surreal. A scene from a wartime documentary. A race by ghosts in human clothing to beat border closures before the tanks rolled in. Lyon Part-Dieu station was like an evacuation centre. Movement all but impossible. Only a phone call to Brittany Ferries in Portsmouth secured us a place the following evening on the last boat to leave Saint-Malo. Literally the last. But we still had to get there. On-line reservations cut. Dawn found us in front of the automatic ticket dispenser at Lyon-Perrache.  Office closed. Travel authorisation forms compulsory. Security guards everywhere. Imagine our astonishment when, alongside a ticket, a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire popped out of a neighbouring machine.

Five years earlier, I had encountered poetry on the Paris Metro. ‘Vive la France!’ Why couldn’t the Brits do likewise?  It was only when I began researching the topic for a paper on cultural literacy, subsequently published in Liminalities, that I discovered that the London Underground had got there first and that the idea had been imitated all over the world.  Poems in routine public spaces were clearly a marker of a modern society’s attempts to inject humanity into everyday life. Was it now in its death throes?

The poem by Apollinaire was long.  Although grouped in a category called ‘Littérature classique’, it was not one of his best known. It described fairground performers – saltimbanques, even then only rarely to be seen on the streets of Paris, having for most part retreated to the provinces. Alternatively, members of the public could contribute poems of their own. The whole programme had been systemised and technically incorporated into popular experience. Trans-generic cultural embedding à la Fahrenheit 451, in a dysfunctional, mobile world devoid of people and infrastructure, policed by guards and stalked by plague.

Apollinaire died young of Spanish flu in 1918 as modernism hit the buffers. How might cultural literacy be possible now in a space-time compression where traditional educational practices had been virtualised and the very nature of physical human contact called into question. The tectonic plates of western culture were shifting irreversibly under our feet. Yet it was only days after our landfall in the United Kingdom that the implications of separation and their ominous consequences made themselves truly felt:

Un fantôme de nuées

Chaque spectateur cherchait en soi l’enfant miraculeux

Siècle ô siècle des nuages

CLE2020 Suggested Accommodation (as of 7 January 2020)

There are a lot of nice apartments you can rent in the city. One of the best sites to look for accommodation in Łódź is Booking.com and Airbnb.

You will find a list of some accommodation facilities in Łódź below. We have divided them into three groups according to their price range. Our recommendation would be Arche Residence because it has a number of room options available and is within walking distance of the Symposium venue. Arche Residence is a nice apartment building, but not a hotel. More information about the place is available by clicking here. Also, the participants in the Symposium are entitled to a discount. Please see the details below.

A (expensive)

  1. Double Tree by Hilton Łódź (https://www.doubletreelodz.pl/)

ul. Łąkowa 29, 90-554 Łódź

+48 42 208 80 00

lcjdl.res@hilton.com

Price: ca. 513 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue: 7 km, ca. 35 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 15 (direction: Stoki) or 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the tram no. 15 or 17 from Żeromskiego-Mickiewicza stop to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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  • by tram no. 12 (direction: Stoki)

Take the tram no. 12 from Kopernika-Łąkowa stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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Vienna House Andel’s Łódź

ul. Ogrodowa 17, 91-065 Łódź

+48 42 279 10 00 

info.andels-lodz@viennahouse.com 

Price: ca. 614 zł VIENNA SMART (including breakfast), payment in advance, ca. 575 zł VIENNA SMART BASIC (room only), payment in advance

Distance from the Symposium venue: 3,3 km, ca. 20 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 15 (direction: Stoki) or 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the tram no. 15 or 17 from Gdańska-Legionów stop to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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Novotel

aleja Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 11A, 90-368 Łódź

00 48 42 254 39 00

Price: ca. 500 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue: 3,3 km, ca. 22- 35 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 18 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia), weekdays only

Take the tram no. 18 from Piłsudskiego-Sienkiewicza stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • by tram no. 10A (direction: ET-1)

Take the tram no. 10A from Piłsudskiego-Sienkiewicza stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • by bus no. 57 (direction: Marysin Stadion) and by tram no. 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia) 

Take the bus no. 57 from Sienkiewicza-Piłsudskiego stop to Sterlinga-Pomorska stop and change to the tram no. 17 to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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Hotel Ibis

aleja Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 11, 90-368 Łódź

00 48 42 638 67 00

Price: ca. 350-410 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue: 3,3 km, ca. 28 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 18 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia), weekdays only 

Take the tram no. 18 from Piłsudskiego-Sienkiewicza stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • by tram no 10A (direction ET-1)

Take the tram no. 10A from Piłsudskiego-Sienkiewicza stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • by bus no. 57 (direction: Marysin Stadion) and by tram no. 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the bus no. 57 from Sienkiewicza-Piłsudskiego stop to Sterlinga-Pomorska stop and change to the tram no. 17 to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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B (medium) 

  1. Arche Residence (http://www.archeresidencelodz.pl)

ul. Jana Matejki 1, 90- 237 Łódź

00 48 422 08 10 10
recepcja@archeresidencelodz.pl

Regular price: ca. 233 zł 

Participants in the Symposium are entitled to a discount. Please book your room via email: recepcja@archeresidencelodz.pl or phone: 00 48 422 08 10 10 (not their website), using the code: CLE2020. If you book via their website system or Booking.com, you will not be able to use the discount.

Distance from the Symposium venue:  1 km, ca. 10 min. by tram, a 13-minute walk 

Directions:

by public transport: ca. 10 min., 1 km

  • by tram no. 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia) or no. 15 (direction: Stoki)

Take the tram no. 17 or 15 from Pomorska-Matejki stop to Lumumby stop (kampus UŁ)

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on foot: ca. 13 min.,  1 km

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PURO Łódź

ul. Ogrodowa 16, 91-065 Łódź

00 48 42 71 59 000

lodz@purohotel.pl

Price: ca. 258 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue:  3,1 km, ca. 18 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 15 (direction: Stoki) or 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the tram no. 15 or 17 from Legionów-Zachodnia stop to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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Boutique Hotel Rewolucji

ul. Rewolucji 1905 roku 8, 

90-273 Łódź

+48 42 630 63 15

+48 512 20 10 80

rewolucji@hotels24.com.pl

Price: ca.178 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue:  3,5 km, ca. 17 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 15 (direction: Stoki) or 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the tram no. 15 or 17 from Pomorska – pl. Wolności stop to Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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  • on foot: ca. 36 min,  2,8 km

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B&B Hotel Łódź Centrum

Al. Tadeusza Kościuszki 19, 90-419 Łódź

+ 48 42207 00 40

lodz@hotelbb.com

Price: ca. 199 zł (room only), 229 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue:  4,1 km, ca. 25 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the tram no. 17 from Gdańska-Zielona stop to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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  • by tram no. 12 (direction: Stoki)

Take the tram no. 12 from Zielona-Kościuszki stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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C (cheap)

BB Consul

ul. Pomorska 140, 91-404 Łódź

0048 603 176 366

Price: 120-140 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue:  0,25 km, ca. 14 min. The place is opposite the Symposium venue.

Directions: a 3-minute walk

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Villa Masoneria

ul. Tramwajowa 11, 92-132 Łódź

+48 42 678-05-54

rezerwacja.villamasoneria@gmail.com

Price: Standard 139zł (including breakfast), Comfort 149zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue:  2,3 km, ca. 15 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 18 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia), only in the week

Take the tram no. 18 from Węglowa-Tramwajowa stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • by tram no. 12 (direction: Stoki)

Take the tram no. 12 from Narutowicza-Tramwajowa stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • on foot: ca. 24 min,  1,9 km

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Hostel Cynamon

ul. Henryka Sienkiewicza 40, 90-001 Łódź

0048 884 315 910

hostel@cynamonhostel.pl

Price: ca. 40 zł (room only), 55 zł (including breakfast)

Distance from the Symposium venue:  3,5 km, ca. 32 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 10A (direction: ET-1)

Take the tram no. 10A from Piłsudskiego-Sienkiewicza stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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  • by bus no. 57 (direction: Marysin Stadion) and by tram no. 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia) 

Take the bus no. 57 from Sienkiewicza – Park Sienkiewicza stop to Pomorska – Sterlinga stop and change to the tram no. 17 to Pomorska-Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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  • on foot: ca. 43 min., 3,4 km 

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Music Hostel

ul. Piotrkowska 60, 90-105 Łódź

ul. Rewolucji 1905r. 48, 90-213 Łódź

+48 533 533 263

rezerwacje@music-hostel.pl

Price: ca. 99zł (including breakfast)
ul. Piotrkowska 60, 90-105 Łódź

Distance from the Symposium venue:  3,2 km, ca. 28 min.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 15 (direction: Stoki)

Take the tram no. 15 from Pomorska – pl. Wolności stop to Lumumby (kampus UŁ) stop

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  • by tram no. 12 (direction: Stoki)

Take the tram no. 12 from Zielona-Piotrkowska stop to Pomorska-Konstytucyjna stop

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ul. Rewolucji 1905r. 48

Distance from the Symposium venue:  ca. 16-20 min., 2,1 km.

Directions by public transport:

  • by tram no. 15 (direction: Stoki) or 17 (direction: Telefoniczna Zajezdnia)

Take the tram no. 15 or 17  from Pomorska – Kilińskiego station to Lumumby (kampus UŁ) station

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  • on foot ca. 28 min,  2,2 km

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The aims and objectives of CLE

The CLE initiative has two main aims: to achieve a broad shared understanding of the notion of Cultural Literacy and its importance; and to increase the visibility of the challenge presented by Cultural Literacy and of the contributions which LCS scholars and their fellow researchers continue to make in this area.

To achieve these aims, CLE is bringing together academics, educators, artists, policy-makers and members of the cultural industries, as well as a growing number of partner institutions, in a Forum for discussion and development across Europe and beyond.

The CLE Forum has undertaken the following actions:

  1. created an international Core Group to oversee all activities;
  2. organised a Workshop on ‘Migration’ in May 2016;
  3. organised the second biennial Conference in May 2017, at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw;
  4. organised the second Interim Symposium at the Monash Prato Centre in Tuscany in July 2018.
  5. set up Special Interest Groups devoted to key areas and initiatives.

It also continues to assure an enhanced web presence, support the distribution of information, share good practice, research outcomes and communication among interested parties.of information, share good practice, research outcomes and communication among interested parties.