General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Society and Culture in Postcommunist Poland
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Izabella Dorota Main
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position prof
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30


Tuesday 12.30-14.00
Collegium Historicum Novum, Morasko Campus, ul. Uniwersytetu Poznanskiego 7, room 2.19
Classes start from 10.10.2023

Module aim (aims)

Give knowledge about social and cultural aspects of living in post-communist Poland

Develop ability to critically asses different discourses about society in Poland

Develop skills to compare individual and group experiences across places, genders and generations

Provide a base to study and discuss selected aspects of post-communist realities in Poland at micro and macro levels

Give understanding of research agenda and scholarly literature concerning society and culture in post-communist Poland

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

reading, writing and speaking skills in English


Memory and remembrance in post-communist Poland

Continuity and rupture in politics and society

Local memories and spaces of commemoration

New stratifications: poverty

Local economies of transformation

Religious identities and activities

Values and conflicts: religion, politics and health

Sexual minorities

Discourses and experiences of migration

Summary: continuities and rupture in post-communist Poland

Reading list

Bashko, Aliaksei. "Entrepreneurship and ethnic economy employment among Chinese and Vietnamese residents of Warsaw." International Migration online 1 June 2021

Galbraith, Marysia. 2000. "On the Road to Częstochowa: Rhetoric and Experience on a Polish Pilgrimage." Anthropological Quarterly 73 (2): 61-73.

Hall, Dorota.  2015. Antagonism in the Making: Religion and Homosexuality in Post-Communist Poland. In Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays, and Governments, ed. S. Sremac and R. R. Ganzevoort. Leiden: Brill, 74-92.

Kramer, Anne-Marie. 2007. ‘The Abortion Debate in Poland: Opinion Polls, Ideological Politics, Citizenship and the Erasure of Gender as a Category of Analysis’. In Living Gender after Communism, ed J. E. Johnson and J. C. Robinson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 63-79

Kuźma, Inga. 2016: “The sense and the practices of living in a homeless shelter.” Studi di Nuevo Meridionalismo, R. II, nr 3, s. 223-235.

Pine, Frances. 2014. "Migration as Hope: Space, Time, and Imagining the Future." Current Anthropology 55(S9): S95-S104.

Radkowska-Walkowicz, Magdalena. 2017. "How the Political Becomes Private: In Vitro Fertilization and the Catholic Church in Poland." Journal of Religion and Health.

Stacul, Jaro. 2014. "The Production of 'Local Culture' in Post-socialist Poland."  Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 23 (1): 21-39.

Strzałkowski Michał. 2018.  Fortress Europe lives on in Poland,, translated by Alexandra Brzozowski, May 29, 2018

Witeska-Młynarczyk, Anna. 2016. Empowering Files: Secret Police Records and Life Narratives of Former Political Prisoners of the Communist Era in Poland. In Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-socialist Europe, ed. N. Khanenko-Friesen, G.Grinchenko, Toronto University Press.