LECTURE CANCELED | Solidary results from culture? Kashubian experiences

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LECTURE CANCELED | Solidary results from culture? Kashubian experiences


8 July 2021, 18:00


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Kashubian culture results from the struggle with modernity and brings a question about the forms of being solidary with the culture of both minority and peripheral groups.

What? Kashubian culture, contrary to the stereotype (that folklore, tradition, etc.), in its contemporary shape is the result of struggles with modernity, as evidenced by the achievements of Izydor and Teodora Gulgowski at the beginning of the 20th century. As such, it was not only a tool to strengthen group’ solidarity and protect identity, but also struggling with the pressure of market, political and social changes. It brought a question of the forms (and the possibility) of being in solidary with the culture of both minority and peripheral groups.

Why? The vitality, dynamics, diversity and polyphony of contemporary Kashubian culture, its complexity and the multiplicity of "circuits" (folklore, artistic and popular culture, etc.), generational transformations and the tension between institutionalization and free creation bring a questions about the opportunities and limitations of minority cultures? For the risk related to tourism "productivization", market use, trivialization and simplification, or ideological entanglement. The Kashubian experience shows that ethnodesign can be an inspiration and enrichment of a minority culture, and therefore a form of being solidary. However, it may pose a risk of stereotyping and simplification, and thus also stigmatizing the group.

How: The lecture is an invitation to take a tour to the well-known culture, which while being "next to it", is differentn at the same time.

The event is in line with the assumptions of the New European Bauhaus initiative.



Cezary Obracht-Prondzyński

Cezary Obracht-Prondzyński

Prof. dr hab, works at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Gdańsk (head of the Department of Social Anthropology and the Pomeranian Center for Research on Culture). He is a sociologist, anthropologist and historian. His research interests include: the issues of Kashubia and Pomerania, cultural participation, national and ethnic minorities, regional policy and self-government. He is aut...

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