Wykład prof. Davida Osta „European Solidarity and the legacy of the Polish Solidarity movement”

Serdecznie zapraszamy na wykład prof. Davida Osta „European Solidarity and the legacy of the Polish Solidarity movement.” Będzie to wykład inaugurujący Szkołę Letnią organizowaną przez Instytut Polityki Społecznej w ramach projektu Transsol (transsol.eu).

Wykład odbędzie się 3 lipca (poniedziałek) o godzinie 10.00, w Sali Kolumnowej Wydziału Historycznego UW (główny kampus).

We all know the difficulties of building solidarity today. But what are the ways in which solidarity can be constructed and maintained? Poland’s Solidarity movement of the 1980s offers valuable but still largely untapped lessons for understanding processes of generating, sustaining, and also squandering solidarity. We will look at the individual, organisational, and public ways in which solidarity was enacted at the time. Why is it more difficult, paradoxically, to build solidarity under conditions of democratic capitalism than of state socialism? We explore the historical importance of trade unions, why the new right appears as a vehicle for “exclusionary solidarity,” and the resources available for restoring a broad-based solidarity today.

David Ost is the Joseph DiGangi Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and frequent visiting professor in Eastern Europe. He has written widely on Eastern European politics and society, with a focus on political economy, democratisation, capitalism, labour, and the new right. His published works include studies of civil society, labour and class, the politics of emotions, the contradictions of liberalism and the rise of the new right. His work has always been embedded in a global framework, whether this meant understanding Solidarity’s “anti-politics” in the context of post-1960s’ new social movements, looking at industrial relations and “illusory corporatism” as part of an emerging neoliberal hegemony, or analyzing Poland’s illiberal turn as part of a broad European political transformation allowing the right to take advantage of the unravelling of the postwar class compromise. Ost is the author of several books on communist and post-communist society, including Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics (1990), Workers After Workers’ States (2001), and The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Society (2005), which, after being published in translation, has played a significant role in contemporary Polish political debates. His articles have appeared in a number of scholarly and popular journals, such as Politics and Society, European Journal of Social Theory, Theory and Society, East European Politics and Society, European Journal of Industrial Relations, The Nation, Dissent, Telos, and Tikkun. Ost is currently on the editorial boards of Politics and Society, East European Politics and Societies, Polish Sociological Review, and Studia Socjologiczne. In 2005, received from former Polish President Lech Walesa a special medal issued for the 25th Anniversary of Solidarity.

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