This cluster is dedicated to the critical reflection of European traditions of literary, philosophical and aesthetic thought and writing in a way that highlights how their protagonists’ ideas were borne out of their interwovenness into a European and global context of creative exchange. Inspired by others they emerged as intellectually creative originals, and unfolded as great individuals an enormous impact far beyond their respective fields throughout Europe and worldwide. They demonstrate how the intellectual recourse to national identity pools of political, cultural or even linguistic and disciplinary provenance rather appears as a productive fallacy and fiction which as such eventually fuels the ongoing progression of human inspiration as an open dynamic. We organise and convene lectures/workshops/postgrad seminars about the European impact of eminent figures of French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese and English (etc.) Schools of thought and writing, or indeed about their global sphere of influence and inspiration.
Dr Gert Hofmann (G.Hofmann@ucc.ie)