What does our future have in common with the Middle Ages? The unification of the world caused by a common language and technology? Religion and ethnicity as an important factor of identity? Large-scale migrations? The metropolisation of cities? Do these phenomena suggest the approach of the dark ages, backwardness and religious fanatism that we usually associate with the medieval period? Is the new Middle Ages a threat to our civilisation? How can we respond to these trends? Can we look to history for feasible solutions?
FORUM: MOVEMENTS OF RESISTANCE
In 2020, a wave of social protests spread around the world. The killing of George Floyd provoked huge anti-racist demonstrations in the United States. In Belarus, the rigged elections led to protests against Lukashenko. And in Poland, the ruling of the Constitutional Court tightening the abortion law triggered the 2020 women’s strikes. Despite the raging pandemic and lockdown, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate resistance to the unjust practices of state authorities. But resistance does not always have to take the form of street demonstrations. Sometimes it is expressed in everyday gestures and rituals that help restore a human dimension to a world marked by conflict. Resistance can be private or public, temporary or permanent, local or global.
During this year's Forum, we will discuss the strategies of resistance movements, with particular emphasis on the 2020 events. We will focus on their aesthetic aspect (public demonstrations can be treated as performative acts, whilst the very word movement implies fluidity and choreography). We will also examine their socio-political dimension.
The debates and meetings will be moderated by journalists Karolina Lewicka (Radio TokFm) and Michał Nogaś (Gazeta Wyborcza).
Program of the meetings: MOVEMENTS OF RESISTANCE
18.06, 17:00, Community of the Outraged, Dorota Piontek, Marta Lempart, Krzysztof Podemski, Jakub Wygnański, Karolina Lewicka
19.06, 17:00, The Street as a Stage, Dariusz Kosiński, Hanna Mamzer, Przemysław Sadura, Karolina Lewicka
20.06, 17:00, Slavery in Poland, Kacper Pobłocki, Michał Rauszer, Karolina Lewicka
21.06, 17:00, Who Is Jakub Szela?, Paweł Demirski, Radosław Rak, Michał Nogaś
22.06, 17:00, A Guide to Anger, Przemysław Czapliński, Andrzej Leder, Michał Nogaś
25.06, 17:00, A Poet of Resistance, Ryszard Krynicki, Michał Nogaś