CANCELED - Feeling Moved: Upward and Downward Social Mobility in Post-war Poland

April 15, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Magda Szczesniak
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
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The promise of mass upward mobility of the subjugated peasant and working classes and the "declassation" of Polish landowners was the most important declaration of the new socialist state, a promise of improving working class living conditions, granting value to working class lives, and creating a society based on equality and cooperation. While a significant part of the Polish population did experience a shift in social status, the promise of a mass upward social mobility, understood as a universal and durable radical improvement of the life conditions and dissolution of class hierarchies, was not fulfilled.

In the project, which the presentation will aim to present, I seek to capture how Poles experienced the post-war radical change of the social system as well as its long-term consequences, and how it sought to represent this process in different media and genres. I thus aim to present upward and downward social mobility not as a simple transformation of the structure of ownership, but as a complex, ambiguous and lengthy process, whose effects operate til this day.

Magda Szczesniak is 19/20 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Institute for Critical Theory, Duke University and Assistant Professor at Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw.

A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks.

Contact name

meredith.watkins363@duke.edu
919-681-2293

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • John Hope Franklin Center
  • Wednesdays at the Center Series