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Politics of memory and the illiberal turn in Poland

  • University of Gothenburg (Room Sappören) 25 Sprängkullsgatan Västra Götalands län, 411 23 Sweden (map)

Brännpunkt Europa invites you to an interesting lunch lecture about the illiberal turn in Poland and how the museums became a political battleground.

Place: Sappören, Campus Haga, Sprängkullsgatan 25
NOTE: The event will be held in English // FREE Lunch baguettes for the first 30 arrivals

The keynote speaker of this event is Professor Paweł Machcewicz, former director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. He was dismissed two weeks after the opening of the Museum by the Law & Justice's (PiS) government. Debates about the memory of WWII and its use for current political purposes ensued. Some view the sacking of Prof. Machcewicz as a sign of the new government's illiberal inclination to control the cultural sphere.

Machcewicz will tell his story for the first 30 minutes, followed by expert comments on the rise of illiberalism in Poland and the current political situation in the country.

Following the speakers, there will be a panel discussion with an opportunity for the audience to pose questions.

Katarzyna Jezierska - CERGU researcher and Associate Professor at University West with an expertise in civil society in Poland.

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