For Authors

Call for papers: „Reclaiming Work”
Executive Editor: Marek Wasilewski
In the Latin source of the concept of culture, we find the word cultus, or ‘cultivation’, for example, cultus agra – ‘cultivation of land’. Culture is thus understood in terms of the effort that must be exerted in order to achieve a result, a yield. The concept of culture is very strongly associated with the concept of work.

The growing problem of structural unemployment among the younger generation in the European Union and the shrinkage of what economists refer to as the labour market, provokes us to pose a few questions. Is it really true, as Jeremy Riffkin writes in his book The End of Work, that the concept of the work understood in anthropological and sociological terms has already ceased to exist? Is work a right, a social privilege, or a curse and a tool of social oppression? How can we redefine the concept of work in order to take into account activities that elude a simple calculation in relation to a product economy? How can new ways of understanding work contribute to the redefinition of economic relations to include previously excluded social groups?

Rifkin says that in the face of the end of work in its traditional sense, it will have to be replaced by other areas of activity. Is not this attitude, however, unrealistic and fanciful? How does it fit into the processes described by Thomas Piketty, who draws attention to the superiority over work of capital trading in a market economy?

Raymond Williams, in turn, in Keywords, A Vocabulary of Culture and Society distinguishes the category of job from the category of employment, or paid work, as well as the category of earnings from being engaged in some activities. An important issue for us is to understand work as a creative process. We want to look at the artist’s tools of the trade and how the process of creating a work of art (work understood as an artwork). What is the relationship between an artwork and the work process? We are interested in not only how, but also in what sense contemporary culture (literature, cinema, theatre, visual arts) is a workshop for work. In recent times, there have been studies on how the work of artists finds its place in an economic system referred to as the cultural industry. From published analysis, among others, The Black Book of Polish Artists, we learn that the position of the artist as worker and producer of certain types of goods is very poor. This is due to the insufficiently high importance attached to the concept of work by artists themselves and cultural stereotypes, which place artistic practices beyond the generally accepted definitions of work.

We invite authors from various fields of academia to submit articles related to the aspects of the concept of work proposed by us, and we encourage you to also conduct your own theoretical and interpretative research on “reclaiming work”

Porposals in the form of a summary/abstract should be submitted via email to: by 31 March 2016.

Texts of up to 20,000 characters in length, prepared in accordance with the Information for Authors will be due by 31 May 2016.

The editors reserve the right to shorten and alter texts submitted for publication (including titles).

Manuscript preparation
Authors of articles are responsible for securing the rights to other publications (texts, tables, drawings and other illustrations) quoted or reproduced in their texts.

  1. Submitted materials should be formatted and edited in accordance with the standards accepted at „Czas Kultury” and sent exclusively via e-mail to
  2. Together with the article, authors must send
    – a summary of the article in Polish (700 characters or less),
    – keywords
    – biogram: year of birth, academic degrees, place of employment, research interests, list of selected publications.
  3. Texts should be sent in the .doc or .rtf formats.
  4. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point, line spacing: 1.5.
  5. Quotations cited in text and footnotes should be written as plain text, within quotation marks. Quotation marks should be American English style (double upper followed by double upper). Quoted text within the quotation should be framed by British English style quotation marks (‘…’).
  6. In the text and footnotes, the titles of books, films, and works of art should be written in italics; article titles should be written in plain text within quotation marks.
  7. The titles of newspapers and periodicals should be italicized.
  8. Foreign-language expressions (in Latin, French, etc.) should be written in italics.
  9. Footnotes:
    – use footnotes at the bottom of each page,
    – footnotes should have continuous numbering throughout the entire article,
    – when referring to information from websites, the first initial and surname or pseudonym of the author, the article title, the name of the web portal and website should be given, as well as the date when the site was last accessed, in brack­ets, as shown below:
    C. Winterer, Visualizing Benjamin Franklin’s Correspondence Network, Maping The Republic of Letters, 10.03.2009, [accessed: 19.02.2015],
    – each bibliographical references should contain:
    – the first initial and surname of the author, the work’s title (italicized), place and year of publication, and the number of the page cited, as below:
    1 Olsen, W obronie rzeczy. Archeologia i ontologia przedmiotów, trans. B. Shall­cross, Warszawa 2013, p. 45.
    – in the case of collaborative works or anthologies: the work’s title, the first initials and surnames of all editors, the place and year of publication:
    1 Egzystencjalne doświadczenie starości w literaturze, ed. A. Gleń, I. Jokiel, M. Szladowski, Opole 2008.
    – in the case of a work which is part of a greater whole:
    1 S. Tynecka-Makowska, Starość z Amorem w tle. O wizerunku miłości w starości w literaturze XX wieku w kontekście epok poprzednich, [in:] Egzystencjalne doświadczenie starości w literaturze, ed. A. Gleń, I. Jokiel, M. Szladowski, Opole 2008, p. 100.
    – in the case of an article in a periodical:
    1 M. Bakke, “Planeta wolna od dzieci? Między pragnieniem wymarcia a nadzieją na nieśmiertelność,” Czas Kultury 2014, no. 6, pp. 4–11.
    – titles of works quoted for the first time should be given in full in the footnote, together with the place and year of publication. When the work is cited not for the first time, a shortened version is used. Referring to a previously cited work, we use the shortened version of the title with the page number:
    1 B. Olsen, W obronie rzeczy. Archeologia i ontologia przedmiotów, trans. B. Shallcross, Warszawa 2013, p. 45.
    2 Olsen, W obronie rzeczy, p. 65.
    – double initials are written without any intervening space: M.P. Markowski
    – English titles are written capitalized: Synaesthesia. Classic and Contemporary Readings, ed. S. Baron-Cohen, J.E. Harrison, Oxford 1997.
    – a text singled out for emphasis is printed in bold letters.

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The editors of “Czas Kultury” hereby declare a policy aimed at ensuring the originality of scholarly publications and opposed to ghostwriting and guest authorship:

  1. the editors demand that authors of scholarly writing published herein reveal the contributions of individual authors to all articles submitted (naming their institutional affiliation and contributions as authors of any concepts, premises, methods, minutes, etc. used in developing the article), with overall responsibility borne by the author submitting the manuscript;
  2. the editors clarify that ghostwriting and guest authorship are violations of scholarly honesty and integrity, and if discovered, any instances of such behavior will be exposed and appropriate authorities notified (institutions where authors are employed, scholarly bodies and societies, associations of scholarly editors, etc.);
  3. the editors shall document any instance of scholarly dishonesty, in particular violations of the ethical principles to which all scholars are bound.

“Czas Kultury” reviewing practices:

  1. reviewers for “Czas Kultury” journal are individuals from outside the institution with which the editor-in-chief is affiliated;
  2. at least two independent reviewers from outside that institution are asked to evaluate each article or text published in the magazine;
  3. when dealing with texts written in a foreign language (a language other than Polish), at least one of the reviewers is affiliated with a foreign (non-Polish) academic center;
  4. our reviewing practices involve a double-blind review process: authors and reviewers are not aware of each other’s identity;
  5. each reviewer must sign a declaration of the absence of any conflict of interest; conflicts of interest are constituted by the following relationships between reviewer and author:
    – direct personal relationships (kinship, legal association, conflict),
    – relationships of professional subordination,
    – direct scholarly collaboration within the two years previous to the review’s preparation.

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The names of reviewers for each issue of the magazine are not revealed; once a year, the magazine presents a list of its collaborating reviewers to the public.

The primary version of “Czas Kultury” journal is its printed version in Polish language, selected articles are published in English in electronic version.