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12 mar 2020 08:30 09:30 ENG

Poland’s Pathologies as an Expression of International Revolutions of Dignity?
Nina Witoszek (UiO)

Nina Witoszek will look at why Poland has developed into a country which persecutes feminists and LGBT activists. Witoszek contention is that Poland is facing a new cultural-political conflict which is propelled by two revolutions of dignity.

The first one is trans-humanist and inclusive, and based on a continuous expansion of the human world, which ascribes value to new actors such as women and ethnic minorities. The other, darker revolution of dignity seeks to reclaim lost national greatness, respect and pride by retreating to a warm, tribal community. This revolution has a strongly polarizing character; it divides the world into THEM and US, and believes in a strong leaders.

Nina will explore how we can make the first cosmopolitan-inclined revolution a less elitist, more reality-oriented project that does not threaten national community and identity. While also exploring how we can use the positive sides of the populist revolution of dignity.  

Nina Witoszek is research professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment at UiO. Witoszek is the recipient of the 2005 Norwegian Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord) Award for “bringing Eastern European perspectives to the public debate in Scandinavia.” She is the author of numerous books and articles, the latest including The Origins of Antiauthoritarianism (London Routledge, 2018), see https://ninawitoszek.org/.

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