Seminar about Czeslaw Milosz

Tuesday 23 August 2011 at 17:00 Conference room Blixen

Seminar about Czeslaw Milosz

This year it is the centenary of the birth of Polish author and Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. This is celebrated by a seminar about the “forgotten” Nobel Prize winner – about his age, life and literature.

In August one of Czeslaw Milosz’s principal works Roadside Dog is published in Danish for the first time. Roadside Dog is a collection of reflections by an author who in the words of German writer Heinrich Böll created a “work full of frightening insights, which no one can avoid”. Czeslaw Milosz is quite simply one of the greatest European writers of the previous century.

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was born in Poland and grew up in Lithuania during the interwar period. He served as cultural attaché of the communist People's Republic of Poland in Paris, but defected in1951, seeking political asylum in France. In 1960 he emigrated to the USA and obtained U.S. citizenship. After a number of years he returned to Poland, where he lived for the rest of his life in Krakow.

In 1980 Milosz was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He has also received the Prix Littéraire Européen (European Literary Prize) and a number of honorary doctorates amongst others from Harvard University. Besides from his poems, Milosz is probably best known for his non-fiction book The Captive Mind, about morals and intellectual conflicts during totalitarian forms of government and repressive regimes.


16:30 Doors open
  A Magic Mountain – Czeslaw Milosz’ America – part 1 (documentary)
17:00 Opening of the seminar
  by Ivan Rod, publisher of the Danish translation of Roadside Dog
17:10 Introduction to Czeslaw Milosz, his history and the panels of the evening
  by, dr.phil. Niels Barfoed, writer and litterary critic
17:15 ”Native Realm of the Europeans between the Nazis and the Soviets”
  by Egidijus Aleksandravicius
17:30  ”Czeslaw Milosz – looking for the home country"
  by Krzysztof Czyzewski
17:45 Discussion and Q&A
18:15  Break
  During the break  A Magic Mountain – Czeslaw Milosz’ America – part 2 (documentary) is showing
18:45 Short introduction to the litterature of Czeslaw Milosz
  by Niels Barfoed
18:50 ”The Impossible Returns of Czeslaw Milosz”
  by Mindaugas Kvietkauskas
19:05 "The Modernity in the Authorship of Milosz”
  by Krzysztof Stala
19:20 Discussion and Q&A
19:50 Final remarks

End of the seminar


The seminar is led by writer and literary critic, dr.phil. Niels Barfoed.

Members of the panels are:

  • Krzysztof Czyzewski (Polish historian and chairman of the Polish Borderland Foundation and Borderland Centre for Arts, Cultures, and Nations).
  • Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (Lithuanian writer, translator and literary critic. Director of Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. Lecturer at the University of Vilnius).
  • Egidijus Aleksandravicius (Lithuanian professor, writer and historian. Attached to the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas).
  • Krzysztof Stala (Polish lecturer and writer. Attached to the universities in Copenhagen and Lund).

The visiting Milosz-experts will discuss the writer’s historical time and literary achievements.

The seminar takes place in English.


Standard 50 DKK
Students 30 DKK

Pre-sale at the reception desk in The Black Diamond, at Billetlugen and  in Fona-stores

Arranged in collaboration with The Polish Embassy, The Lithuanian Embassy and the publishers Rod&Co.