Jan. 15, Warsaw: Does the transformation have its history?

Poland for begginers

[dropcap]V[/dropcap]ery often Polish history is defined in reference to 1989. The first free (at least partly) elections are seen as the beginning of an ongoing process of changes bringing Poland gradually to the West and normality. The lecture will cover an alternative history of the transformation, starting from the 70s in XX century and presenting different turning points that are missing in the mainstream and official narrative. Reaching beyond 1989 is necessary today for a better understanding of the  processes of social change.

[quote align=’left’]Not from Poland? Interested in society, politics or culture but having a hard time following discussions in Polish?[/quote]Maciej Gdula is a publicist and a staff editor for Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique). He holds an PhD in Sociology.

Krytyka Polityczna invites you to lectures in English that cover issues present in Polish and international debates.

Come, listen, discuss!

When and where

[mark]January, 15, Thursday, 6.00 PM[/mark]
Foksal Street 16, 2nd Floor, Warsaw


February: Seminar with Paweł Pieniążek

Strange war. Russian-Ukrainian Conflict in the Donets Basin

Several thousand victims, ruined houses and an upcoming humanitarian catastrophe – these are just some of the results of the war in the Donets Basin in Ukraine. The fights however still go on, so the problems will increase. How has it all come about? Who fights in the Donets Basin? Does Europe have something to fear?


Supported by the City Council of Warsaw and European Cultural Foundation.

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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.