House Description Political Critique was set up with the aim of reinvigorating the Polish tradition of engaged intelligentsia and works primarily in the fields of education, culture and science with the aim of combating economic and cultural exclusion. Active throughout Poland they are currently seen to be one of the most significant left wing formations within the country. Read more!
Krytyka Polityczna, Warsaw
Civil action for a reinvigoration of the Republic Krytyka Polityczna's 3rd annual Jacek Kuroń Festival will cast light on the crisis of contemporary democracy, looking at its causes and ways to empower civil society groups to help bring us out of it. As always, the festival will also feature a series of events dedicated to remembering the work and the message of the festival's patron, Jacek Kuroń. Watch the video highlights!
The sacrificial lamb? As geopolitical interests converge, Russia has been begrudgingly accepted back into the international fold. But what of the forgotten shadow war in Eastern Europe? Could conflict in the Middle East and its knock on effect in terms of immigration to Europe lead to a favourable compromise for Russia in the Donbass region and the Crimea? Watch the recordings!
Common wealth? Italian revolutionary philosopher Antonio Negri speaks in Warsaw on social models and the commons, critiquing the current state of affairs and proposing his own models for empowering the multitudes and overcoming the power of capital. Watch the extended video highlights!
Working together From the 27th-30th August, activists from across Central and Eastern Europe came together to discuss how to strengthen their co-operative efforts and how to further build up and empower communities and individuals throughout the region. Listen to and watch the recordings!
Solidarity in times of division The second Jacek Kuroń Festival took place in an extended format and with a special focus on solidarity in times of division. Featuring distinguished speakers from around the world, the festival's strong point lay in socio-political debates, but there was a wide spectrum of accompanying events, including film screenings, discovery walks, open seminars and critical art. Listen to the recording!
The art of politics In this Poland for beginners discussion, Igor Stokfiszewski looks at politically engaged art and the impact it can have on the political realities we live with. With particular reference to the Polish artists of the transition, Igor introduces us to both modern political art per se and the very specific Polish take on such. Watch the recording!
The nature of the beast What is capitalism? In this discussion, Professor Geoffrey Hodgson attacks what he sees as widespread misunderstandings of its very nature and proposes a new understanding, based on referral to its historical basis and, in particular, to the ideas of Victorian economist Henry Dunning MacLeod, best known for his work on credit and its centrality within capitalist societies. Watch the recording!
Unofficial histories Krytyka Polityczna continue their Poland for Beginners series with a look back at the history of the transition and the events leading up to 1989. Join Maciej Gdula as he dissects the official narratives and looks at two decades of dissent. Watch the recording!
A look forward Krytyka Polityczna welcome Slavoj Žižek to Warsaw as they ask - what does Europe want? A discussion between the well-known Slovenian academician and cultural critic and Krytyka Polityczna's very own political commentator, Sławomir Sierakowski. Watch the recording!
A woman's place? Krytyka Polityczna kickstart their Poland for Beginners series with a look at gender and diversity and the origins of mainstream political gender discourse within Poland. Join Agnieszka Graff as she traces the origins of the anti-gender campaign, looking at Poland's ban on abortion, accession to the EU and the rise of the Polish right. Watch the recording!
A right to indolence? Krytyka Polityczna's open Friday looks at Jakub Majmurek's text on the right to inactivity. As part of the Autumn of work series, this text appraises the issue of inactivity both in historical and contemporary contexts, providing the perfect discussion point for an evening's roundtable. Read more!