Tłumacz Migam - Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury

“Misfits and masks”. Debate

2022-10-19, 6:00 p.m.
Banner in purple. Inscription with the name of the event.

October 19, 18:00– 19:30


Crossbreeds, mongrels, bastards. Diverse, heterogeneous, ambiguous: the inhabitants of East-Central Europe. What makes up their identity? What are the sources of people's choices in this part of Europe?


As part of the 4th International Congress of Polish History, we proposed a reflection on the essence of the processes of inclusion and exclusion, acceptance and rejection of ideas, habits or patterns that the community considers attractive, important and safe for collective identity.


What are the criteria for these choices in the times of historical politics and the Internet? Are the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Europe - as some would like - misfits or do they put on masks (what do they want to cover, who to pretend to be?)? Where is their authenticity?

Defining the space of these transfers, drawing a map of culture-forming interactions and transmissions may reveal our identity in a different, new light. We reflected on what these choices say about us.


Place: “The Ravens” hall

Panellists: dr hab. Hieronim Grala, prof. Maciej Janowski, prof. Katarzyna Kotyńska dr Mindaugas Kvietkauskas,

Hosts: Łukasz Galusek, Dr. Beata Nykiel


Biographical notes:

dr. hab. Hieronim Grala – historian and diplomat; lecturer at the Faculty of Artes Liberales at the University of Warsaw. Researcher of the history of Ruthenia and Russia as well as the story of Polish Community Abroad, living in Petersburg. A Member of the Committee of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Honorary professor at the Moscow Academy of Economics and Law (resigned in 2022) and the Academy of Journalism of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Doctor honoris causa of the Southern Federal University (resigned in 2022).  Editor-in-chief of the online encyclopaedia "Polish Petersburg" (ICC Krakow). In 2000-2009, he was the director of Polish Institutes in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Decorated with the Silver Cross of Merit (2004).

prof. Maciej Janowski – director of the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Head of the Department of the History of Intelligentsia at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Laureate of the Raczyński Library Award (2009) and the Jerzy Giedroyc Award (2009) as a co-author of the book "Dzieje inteligencji polskiej do roku 1918” ["The history of the Polish intelligentsia until 1918"] (co-authored with Jerzy Jedlicki and Magdalena Micińska).


prof. Katarzyna Kotyńska – lecturer at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Ukrainian studies scholar; translator of Ukrainian and Belarusian literature. Laureate of the Angelus Central European Literature Award (2013, for the translation of Oksana Zabużko's book "Museum of Abandoned Secrets"). Recently, she published a book "Lwów: o odczytywaniu miasta na nowo" (2015).


dr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas – researcher at the University of Vilnius. Scholar of multilingual history and literature of Lithuania, including Polish traces and contexts. In 2019-2020, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. Translator. Decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2018).


Łukasz Galusek – programme director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow. An expert in the field of Central European culture and art, he focuses on the relationship between space, memory, and identity. He is the author of over 150 publications on the cultural heritage of Central Europe, as well as the issues of memory and cultural education.


dr. Beata Nykiel deputy head of the Institute of European Heritage of the ICC in Krakow; head of the ICC Library (since 2017). She specialises in the history of Central and Eastern Europe (modern period; social history of the eastern territories of the First Polish Republic in the 14th-18th centuries) and in research on the Galician war cemeteries of the First World War. Member of the editorial team of the "Herito" quarterly.


Symposium was a part of the 4th International Congress of Polish History “Cultural Encounters”. The congress is held in Krakow on October 19-22.The leading theme is the history of Poland and its cultural, ethnic, linguistic, religious, economic, demographic and social diversity over the centuries.


Diversity has been an important element of Polish identity over the years. Different trends, models, and ideas interacted with each other. The congress will bring together specialists from various fields: history, archaeology, art history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, linguistics, and cultural studies. They will analyse the dynamics, scale, and complexity of these influences in the context of their disciplines, as well as the consequences of multiculturalism for Polish history.


The organisers of the event are Krakow historians associated in the Polish Historical Society, and the co-organisers are the Jagiellonian University, the Pedagogical University of Krakow, the Polish History Museum, the Museum of Krakow, and the International Cultural Centre.

Thesaurus Poloniae programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, organised by the ICC, was created in response to the need of the researchers gathered at the 1st International Congress of Polish History. A few donzens of researchers have profited from the programme so far.

More about the Congress: Congress website

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