Poland for Beginners: Black Protests and Abortion Ban in Poland

Krytyka Polityczna's next Poland for Beginners lecture will focus on black protests in Poland: Why did Polish women mobilize in such large numbers in 2016? How did the protests develop, and to what extent have the protests been successful?

Not from Poland? Interested in society, politics or culture, but having a hard time following discussions in Polish?

Krytyka Polityczna invites you to lectures in English that cover contemporary issues relating to Poland and the international sphere.

Come, Listen, Discuss!

Explaining “Black Protests” Against Abortion Ban in Poland.

April, 27th, Thursday, 18.00

Despite the chilly autumn weather and pouring rain, tens of thousands of Polish women took to the streets on Monday, 3 October, 2016. The Castle Square in Warsaw and various places in over 140 Polish cities and villages were filled by women dressed clad in black, carrying hand-made banners bearing phrases such as “My body, my choice!,” “I am, I think, I decide!,” “The government is not a pregnancy – it can be easily removed,”  and “Keep your rosaries out of my ovaries!.” The aim of the meeting is to discuss why Polish women mobilized in such large numbers in 2016, how the protests developed, and to what extent the protests themselves were successful.

Meet with Elżbieta Korolczuk, Ph.D., a sociologist, activist, and commentator. She currently works at Södertörn University in Stockholm and teaches at the Institute for Advanced Study, Political Critique, in Warsaw. She has published works on social movements, civil society, and parenthood. Her most recent publications include Rebellious Parents: Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia, co-edited with Katalin Fábián (Indiana University Press, 2017), and Civil Society Revisited: Lessons from Poland, co-edited with Kerstin Jacobsson (Berghahn Books, 2017).

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Coming soon:

May, 11th, Thursday, 18.00

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How to become an owner of an inhabited building, schoolyard, public park or city square?

Meet with Jan Śpiewak, city activist, Councillor at Srodmiecie District Council.

May, 25th, Thursday, 18.00

From foreign correspondents to migrant magazines, migrants making media in Poland.

Meet with Mamaliga de Varsovia and others.


Krytyka Polityczna
Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is the largest Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists. It consists of the online daily Dziennik Opinii, a quarterly magazine, publishing house, cultural centres in Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk and Cieszyn, activist clubs in a dozen cities in Poland (and also in Kiev and Berlin), as well as a research centre: the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.