Impacts of Gender Discourse on Polish Politics, Society and Culture: Comparative Perspectives

University College London

Project summary

This is a collaborative project between University College London School of Slavonic and east European Studies and University of Central Lancashire aims at organizing a two–day international conference on Impacts of Gender Discourse on Polish Politics, Society & Culture, June 11-12, 2018. The aim of the conference is to exchange knowledge and ideas about how contemporary gender politics, debates on sexuality and equality mechanisms affect politics, culture and social life in Poland, and how they are shaped by wider discourse about gender and sexuality. The conference focuses on Poland but considers it in a comparative context. The main goal is to analyse the gender debate in the broad field of culture, art, literature, film, drama, social media and music. We are especially interested in the intersectional elaboration of the cultural domains from the gendered perspective.

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Principal investigator
Dr Hab Urszula Chowaniec

Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She teaches Polish language, culture and translation. She also holds a position of a professor at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski University, Kraków. Her main areas of research are contemporary literature and culture, comparative studies in Polish and Russian women’s writing, gender in contemporary culture and translation studies. Her latest monograph investigates the contemporary women’s writing from the point of view of modern notions of subjectivity and belonging: Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Women’s Writing (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2015).

Ewa Mazierska

Professor of Film Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire. She published over twenty monographs and edited collections on film and popular music. They include Marxism and Film Activism (Berghahn, 2015), with Lars Kristensen, Relocating Popular Music (Palgrave, 2015), with Georgina Gregory, From Self- Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present (Berghahn, 2015) and European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (Palgrave, 2011).  Mazierska’s work was translated into many languages, including French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Portugese, Estonian and Serbian. She is principal editor of a Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.

Richard Mole

Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology and Deputy Director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. He received his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 2003 and was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UCL from 2003-05. His current research focuses the relationship between identity and power, with particular reference to nationalism, sexualities, migration, diaspora and asylum.