Conference CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT November 25, 2014

The map is not the territory – wrote Edwin Bendyk in the text opening 1st Conference “Culture and Development” in 2013.

[dropcap]If[/dropcap] we identify modern culture through well-recognized institutions and approved forms of activities, and the word ‘development’ evokes mainly economic growth associations, it means that a large part of the territory of culture disappears from our sight. One of the objectives of the Culture and Development programme is to unveil practices and cultural activities overlooked in mainstream descriptions of cultural space and to show the relationship between culture and development, which have positive impact on the socio-economic system, affecting our quality of life.

Culture and Development programme is aimed at creating maps of new cultural practices and characterizing them in terms of their pro-developmental impact. The programme consists of analysis of case studies carried out under the supervision of prof. Jerzy Hausner at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Warsaw, and of the results of the research programme led by Edwin Bendyk at the National Cultural Centre.

During the 2nd Conference “Culture and Development” we will present the results of these researches. Six case studies will be discussed: Autonomiczne Centrum Społeczne Cicha 4 (Lublin), Fundacja Cohabitat (Łódź), Koło Gospodyń Wiejskich (Lesznowola), Praska Biblioteka Sąsiedzka (Warszawa), Stowarzyszenie De-novo (Dynów) and Teatr Łaźnia Nowa (Kraków/Nowa Huta), along with results and conclusions from Edwin Bendzk’s Fraktale project. The participants will answer the question: how can new cultural practices focus on empowerment, communities, participation and social sustainability contribute to improving the quality of life, that is – to socio-economic development. The invited panelists include: prof. Monika Kostera, Edwin Bendyk, prof. Jerzy Hausner.

The Conference will end with the theatre performance „Lepiej tam nie idź. Zmiany” directed by Michał Borczuch, created as a part of the “Wielkopolska: Rewolucje 2014” project.

The conference is addressed to managers of culture, employees of cultural institutions, organizations and social initiatives working in the field of ​​culture, animators, trainers, creators, and students of cultural animation and culture management. The conference is also addressed to the representatives of the government responsible for developing cultural strategies and programmes. The organizers of the conference are open to different perspectives of the debate on culture, therefore we encourage the participation of people not related to culture professionally but interested in the issue.


[mark]November 25, Tuesday[/mark]

9.30–10.00 registration of the participants

10.00–10.15 Opening of the conference: prof. Jerzy Hausner, Igor Stokfiszewski
10.15–11.00 Inaugural lecture: prof. Monika Kostera „ Interregnum and what next?” 
11.00–11.45 Edwin Bendyk „Towards metaculture of the development “, summary of the Fraktale project

11.45–12.00 coffee break

12.00–14.00 Presentations of case studies:
1/ Praska Biblioteka Sąsiedzka (Warszawa) – Marcin Wroński, Piotr Więcek
2/ Stowarzyszenie De-novo (Dynów) – Anna Świętochowska
3/ Fundacja Cohabitat (Łódź) – Bartłomiej Orlicki

14.00–15.00 lunch break

15.00–17.00 Presentations of case studies:
1/ Koło Gospodyń Wiejskich (Lesznowola) – Jan Mencwel
2/ Autonomiczne Centrum Społeczne Cicha 4 (Lublin) – dr Agnieszka Ziętek, dr Rafał Czekaj
3/ Teatr Łaźnia Nowa (Kraków/Nowa Huta) – Krzysztof Malczyk, Łukasz Maźnica, Marek Oramus, Jan Strycharz, dr Barbara Worek

17.00–17.15 coffee break

17.15–18.30 Panel discussion recapitulating the conference: Edwin Bendyk, prof. Monika Kostera; moderation: Igor Stokfiszewski


Marzyciele i rzemieślnicy. Dom innowacji społecznych

ul. Bracka 25, Warsaw



Theatre performance: „Lepiej tam nie idź. Zmiany”, dir. Michał Borczuch, (part of „Wielkopolska: Rewolucje 2014” project)

Venue: Teatr Studio, PKiN, pl. Defilad 1, Warsaw


Instytut Studiów Zaawansowanych / Krytyka Polityczna / Narodowe Centrum Kultury

Open Society Foundations / European Cultural Foundation / Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa / Fundacja Nowej Kultury Bęc Zmiana

Marzyciele i rzemieślnicy. Dom innowacji społecznych / Teatr Studio


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.