“Polish Community Behind Bars. On Political Prisoners”
From the dramas of Adam Mickiewicz to the letters of Adam Michnik, it is impossible to think of Polish politics without thinking of the political figure behind bars. One could even say that political imprisonment is one of the creative factors in Polish political traditions. This talk will consider the experiences of political prisoners ranging from nationalists to Communists, from socialists to Solidarity activists, and discuss how those experiences matter to Polish history.
Padraic Kenney is Professor of History and International Studies at Indiana University. He holds degrees in History and in Russian Studies from Michigan, Toronto, and Harvard. He is the author of six books, including most recently Dance in Chains: Political Incarceration in the Modern World(Oxford, 2017). An earlier series of books (including A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989 and The Burdens of Freedom: Eastern Europe Since 1989) examined the fall of communism across Central Europe and elsewhere. His work has been translated into seven languages. In 2016, he served as President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Lecture in Polish. 23.02.2018, 17:00. More info.