How social is PiS? Kickstarting the new Poland for Beginner's discussion series, Law and Justice's welfare state looks at the Polish government's social policy and asks how what their policies actually have to offer. Are they really catering to the folk or are their policies just the social icing on the ballot box cake?
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A literary journey The Freiblickinstitut looks at migration, immigration and exile in a full day comprising both a readathon and a debate. Through literature and discussion they look at how we talk about the movement of peoples and at past scenarios of both such movements and of individual experience.
Recording coming soon!
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!
Whose profit? Local governments in Poland encourage special economic zones, but their erection seems to lead to a rise in the ranks of the local precariat, with such zones often appearing to be accompanied by a laxer regime on workers' rights and an increase in contracts of the flimsiest nature. Which raises the question, who benefits from SEEs and should we be welcoming or opposing their expansion? Watch the video highlights!
Another brick in the wall? Following a series of workshops on the nature of education in Poland, students from Cieszyn met educational experts on the 25th September to discuss faith in both the state of modern schooling and the hierarchical relationships within Polish schools. Read more!