Upcoming International Conference for Knowledge Bridges between Poland, Britain and Europe:

Upcoming International Conference for Knowledge Bridges between Poland, Britain and Europe:

6 February 2017

Poland, once appraised as the most successful case of democratic transition in the post-soviet bloc, is today severly criticized for its new course of politics. Has Warsaw witnessed an "illiberal turn", or rather a "democratic regeneration"? To what extent can we speak of a continuation of the country's past politics, and to what extent is a new state model being built? Does Poland belong to a wider political shift, along with Hungary, Turkey, or recently the US? What can the Polish case tell us about these other countries?

The conference “Illiberal Democracy?” Poland in a Comparative Perspective will be opened by a Leszek Kolakowski Lecture, given by Wolfgang Merkel. Conference panelists include Polish and international scholars who are experts in the field of studies of democracy and the related fields: Christopher Lord (ARENA Centre for European Studies, Oslo), Michael Freeden (University of Oxford and SOAS, University of London), Jacques Rupnik (College of Europe, Paris), Zdzisław Krasnodębski (University of Bremen, MEP), Marta Bucholc (Käthe Hamburger Kolleg “Recht als Kultur”, Bonn), Joanna Tyrowicz (University of Warsaw). Please see the full conference programme here.

Join us at the European Studies Centre, Saturday, 4 March 2017 at 9:00 am.