Knowledge Bridges Poland-Britain-Europe

Knowledge Bridges Poland-Britain-Europe

Nearly 30 years after its democratic breakthrough, Poland poses a puzzling and fascinating case for scholars, public intellectuals, and journalists. To what extent can we speak of a continuation of the transformation's logic, and to what extent is this a construction of a new state model by the current Polish government? In what respect the current dispute between the advocates of closer integration with the EU and promotion of human rights and liberal democracy on one hand, and on the other - promoters of a more particular model based on traditional Polish and Christian values, reveals a deeper crisis of the definition of the community?

In the context of such questions, the country’s intellectual, social, economic and political ties to Britain, and other parts of Europe seem more important than ever. The project Knowledge Bridges Poland-Britain-Europe, generously supported by the Noble Foundation's Programme on Modern Poland aims to look more closely at these and other currents of change in a comparative and international context.

The Programme is linked to the annual Leszek Kołakowski Lecture: please see links for details and recordings of the lectures: 

The project is running throughout the academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18. Recent events include:

  • A two-day international conference on May 11th-12th, 2018 entitled Europeanism and Nationalism: Post-1989 Poland in Comparative Perspective. The invited speakers debated the cross-Europe character of the dispute between “Europeanists” and “nationalists” and elaborated on the question to what extent this clash reveals a deeper crisis of the definition of the community in Poland and beyond. Please see here for the conference programme.

See full programme of events here.

The supervising Fellow is Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow, St Antony’s College.

The co-Directors of the project are Dr Jaroslaw Kuisz and Dr Karolina Wigura, to whom all substantive queries should be addressed. Dr Stefan Szwed is a Research Associate of the project.

The project administrator is Mr Maxime Dargaud-Fons who can be contacted here.

The partners of the Project include University of Warsaw, and Kultura Liberalna Foundation.




Zygmunt Bauman as a Polish and Global Thinker: How Solid is ‘Liquid Modernity’?


“Illiberal Democracy?” Poland in a Comparative Perspective Conference

  The Leszek Kołakowski Lecture - Poland between Europeanism and Nationalism: National Exception or Regional Norm?
  Europeanism and Nationalism: Post-1989 Poland in Comparative Perspective Conference