september, 2015

22sep18:00- 19:00Keynote lecture: prof. M. BuchowskiMulticulturalism and Tolerance in Poland: How this Cultural Heritage is Practiced Today?18:00 - 19:00 Dobra 56/66, 00-312 WarszawaBiblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie Event Tagsprof. M. Buchowski

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Multiculturalism and Tolerance in Poland: How this Cultural Heritage is Practiced Today?

This paper addresses the issue of multiculturalism in Poland, where the reference point is the concept of tolerance. National historians like to impart the belief in the ‘eternal Polish tolerance’. Meanwhile, history shows how it was subsequently limited in the historical Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania (existing until 1795). In fact, there is no relation between any form of the historical tolerance in the distant past and the views of the majority of contemporary Poles on ethnic and religious minorities in the country or elsewhere. Today’s attitudes result from the most recent history, marked with the interwar, war and post-WWII nationalisms, seven decades of a relative ethnic and cultural homogeneity of society, recent migration trends in Europe, the current refugee crisis and worldwide spreading of a fear of terrorism, overwhelmingly bolstered by the media. The phenomenon of the present-day ‘Polish tolerance’ is scrutinised by referring to the example of Muslims living in Poland.


MICHAL BUCHOWSKI – Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Poznań and of Comparative Central European Studies at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. He also lectured as a Visiting Professor at Kansas, Rutgers, Columbia and Warsaw Universities. His scientific interest is in anthropological theories, post socialist transformations, migration and multiculturalism. He has published several articles in reviewed journals and edited volumes as well as books, among them in English Reluctant Capitalists (1997), The Rational Other (1997), Rethinking Transformation (2001), and, in Polish, To Understand the Other (2004), and Polish Ethnology: Histories and Affinities (2012). He is also the co-editor of Poland Beyond Communism (2001) and, most recently, Colloquia Anthropologica: Issues in Social Anthropology (2014). Currently he serves as a Head of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. He is also a past President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists as well as Chair of World Council of Anthropological Associations.


(Tuesday) 18:00 - 19:00


Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie / University of Warsaw Library

Dobra 56/66, 00-312 Warszawa

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