Populism and Masculinity: The Struggle to Define Poland
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Stillpoint Spaces Berlin
Hobrechtstrasse 66, Vorderhaus EG
Attempts to completely ban abortion by naming it “genocide of the innocent” and dismissal of gender identities as “ideology”… how do intimate choices become vital to debates on a country’s future? This is a question one may ask observing the Polish “cultural wars” of the last years in which new political forces emerged. Women’s and LGBTQ+ movements are increasingly intervening in the Polish political field, rising in defence of the individual freedom of choice in the face of the traditional power of the Church, and the State, over our bodies.
Poland as a country with a rapid-growing economy, yet sceptical towards the sociocultural changes this growth brings, is not entirely secular, neither officially religious; with millions migrating into western European countries – yet itself not welcoming to refugees – its struggle to define its identity in contemporary Europe may just as well be a mirror of Europe itself.
The lecturer will present his work published in a book Diary, Fiction, Identity/ies. Central-European Literary Modernism (1880-1920).
The book explores the perception and treatment of the body in the politicised cultures of the region.
Analysing the early-20th century emergence of life-writing, the author sketches the history of non-normative self-expression in the region’s literature in order to observe both its contemporary, if voyeuristic, over-exposure, and its political instrumentalisation in different cultural wars. Where true political powers were for a long time hidden behind “culture”, even the sexual life of national writers, past and present, became an issue of the State.
Mateusz Chmurski is Associate Professor of Slavonic Studies at the Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université. He graduated in Polish Literature, Art history and Slavonic studies at the University of Warsaw and Université Paris-Sorbonne and conducted his doctorate under joined supervision (2008-2012). Mateusz has coedited several books on Central-European modernism and auto/biographical writings. His most recent publications include the monograph Journal, fiction, identité(s). Modernité littéraire d’Europe centrale (1880-1920) (2018).
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