|Legacies of Silenced Atrocities: Lessons from Holodomor||Seminars and Colloquia||Karolina KoziuraKatherine YoungerLudger Hagedorn||
How to make sense of an atrocity in an environment of repressive silence? What kind of memory work needs to be done to overcome imposed forgetting? This presentation aimed to address these questions by analyzing the long-term legacy of political violence that travels across time and space. By unravelling the meaning of Holodomor, one of the biggest - yet unacknowledged - atrocities in the history of the Soviet Union, it traced the lasting effects of the denial of mass atrocity and documented the struggles of transnational mnemonic activists to reclaim authority over a silenced past. It further showed that to achieve reconciliation with a repressive past, history and memory need to be seen as mutually dependent transcending the national optic.
|Polish Politics of Memory and Poetics of Unlived Future||Seminars and Colloquia||Justyna TabaszewskaTimothy Snyder||
Polish politics of memory has undergone significant change in the past several years, becoming more entrenched and preoccupied with projecting an image of Poland as the victim of successive historical catastrophes. At the same time, Polish politics relies increasingly more often on visions of happy “futures past” that are deeply rooted in Polish culture and builds social resentment by accusing subsequent social groups of squandering away chances for development. Therefore, it seems necessary to ask what are these versions of Polish alternate history embedded in Polish culture and in what way do they influence contemporary politics of memory?
|Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conference Summer 2021||Conferences and Workshops||Ayşe ÇağlarEzgican ÖzdemirIryna SklokinaJan VanaJul TirlerKatherine YoungerKrystof DolezalMarci ShoreMariia HupaloMykhailo MartynenkoKate Younger, Rosario Forlenza, Dagmar Fink, Oley Kindiy, Costas Constantinou||
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarEzgican ÖzdemirIryna SklokinaJan VanaJul TirlerKatherine YoungerKrystof DolezalMarci ShoreMariia HupaloMykhailo MartynenkoKate Younger, Rosario Forlenza, Dagmar Fink, Oley Kindiy, Costas Constantinou
Series: Conferences and Workshops
The Junior Visiting Fellows' Conference is a bi-annual event at the Institute for Human Sciences that gives the Junior Fellows to present their work and research in a day-long conference. A traditional, semester-closing, celebration of the talented young researchers that is as old as the Institute itself, is always organized by the Junior Fellows themselves and usually includes Senior Fellows, Staff members and Alumni among others as commentators and discussants.
|30 Debata Tischnerowska||Panels and Discussions||Agata Bielik-Robson, Timothy Garton Ash, Dariusz Stola||
Speakers: Agata Bielik-Robson, Timothy Garton Ash, Dariusz Stola
Series: Panels and Discussions
Debaty Tischnerowskie przez wiele lat prowadził prof. Marcin Król - historyk idei, filozof i publicysta, jeden z najbardziej wpływowych polskich intelektualistów ostatnich dekad. Odszedł od nas w 2020 r., ale pozostawił nam zapisy swych przemyśleń – liczne książki i artykuły. Dlatego najbliższą, trzydziestą już Debatę, poświęcimy aktualności myśli Marcina Króla. Do rozmowy na ten temat zaprosiliśmy troje wybitnych uczonych: Agatę Bielik-Robson, Timothy Garton Asha i Aleksandra Smolara; ich dyskusję poprowadzi Dariusz Stola.
|Junior Visiting Fellows' Conference Winter 2020||Conferences and Workshops|
|The Stage of Pre-solidarity||Seminars and Colloquia||Tomasz RakowskiMiloš Vec||
Tomasz Rakowski's experimental study may reveal elements of recent Polish social history omitted in local knowledge-production. He will focus on enthusiastic building, social deeds, vernacular creativity, and various stages of pre-solidarity in Poland since late socialism. He will discuss the flipside of late socialist modernization in Poland, and its trajectory after 1989, considered as both intimate, unrecognized dimensions of bottom-up statehood practices, and processes of acquiring a kind of latent, almost invisible social and political subjectivity. An experimental, historical-ethnographic methodology may unearth elements of Polish social history kept secret for decades. The study is conducted in the context of the “people’s history”, yet more precise, and based on specially elaborated methodology.
|The Remains of the Real||Seminars and Colloquia||Jan SowaLudger Hagedorn||
There was a moment in the 1990’s, in the era of high postmodernism, when it seemed that social reality has had no stable foundations and as such it can be freely and totally transformed by interventions in the registers of symbols and images. Various social, political and economic developments of the last two decades – from 9/11 terrorist attacks to the 2008 financial crisis to the recent populist uprisings on both sides of the Atlantic – blatantly contradict that over-optimist conviction. A lot has been said about what the populists get wrong, what is, however, more puzzling is that they seem to get some things right – as if people had a sort of political blindsight or – to put it in more philosophical terms – as if there was some kind of basic social and political unconcealedness/disclosure (alētheia) where the truth shines through the curtain of lies.
|Freedom and Solidarity||Seminars and Colloquia||Piotr KubasiakWojciech Bonowicz||
In Poland he is remembered as an intriguing personality and a spiritual leader of the Solidarity movement. Abroad, mostly as co-founder of the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. A boy from a Polish village who became a profound interpreter of Husserl, Heidegger and Levinas. A Catholic priest inspired by a Jewish philosophy of dialogue, trying to bridge different philosophical and religious traditions. What should we know about Józef Tischner? Can he still inspire those trying to understand what’s going on in Poland, in Europe, in the Catholic Church?
|1989 in a Day||Panels and Discussions||Aleksandra GłosAndrzej WaskiewiczHolly CaseIvan VejvodaKateryna RubanPhilipp TherVolodymyr KulykErhard Busek, Vuk Velebit, Ralf Beste, Dagmar Rychnovská, Georgi Pirinski, Jana Tsoneva, Jennifer Bergerova, Victor Neumann, Raluca Alexandrescu||
Speakers: Aleksandra GłosAndrzej WaskiewiczHolly CaseIvan VejvodaKateryna RubanPhilipp TherVolodymyr KulykErhard Busek, Vuk Velebit, Ralf Beste, Dagmar Rychnovská, Georgi Pirinski, Jana Tsoneva, Jennifer Bergerova, Victor Neumann, Raluca Alexandrescu
Series: Panels and Discussions
This is a series of conversations spanning various Eastern and Central European societies between someone, who was an active participant, or a close observer, of an event on a crucial date in 1989, and a person, who was still very young in 1989. Both speakers will start with personal reflections that will be followed by a debate about the relevance of this date/event today.
|Dilemmas of Popular Sovereignty: Tocqueville’s Perspective||Seminars and Colloquia||Aishwary KumarEwa Atanassow||
Might a 19th century thinker help us grapple with political dilemmas of the 21st? This talk brought Tocqueville to bear on liberal democracy’s present discontents by exploring his understanding of popular sovereignty and its ramifications for democratic politics. While Tocqueville embraced popular sovereignty as an abstract principle and American practice, he also diagnosed its inherent dangers. Tocqueville’s clairvoyant analysis of the dilemmas faced by the American Union of his day offers a privileged site for considering enduring challenges to liberal democracy.