04.06. until 05.06.2020 in Poznań, Poland

The Place of Solidarity in Polish and Global History. An Evaluation after 40 Years

  • 04.06. until 05.06.2020
  • starting at: 9:00
  • Event language: English
  • Deadline for submissions: 20.04.2020
  • Instytut Pamięci Narodowej, Oddział w Poznaniu
  • Event location: Poznań
  • Type of Event: Call for Papers
  • Download conference handout

Link to this post: https://www.pol-int.org/en/node/8409

Polish Solidarity from 1980–81 was a mass pacifist movement of resistance against real socialism, which demanded respect for employee rights, a return of civil freedom and national sovereignty, and liberalization of culture. Solidarity subverted the Yalta division of Europe and used the universally supportive attitude of Western societies to convince the Euro-Atlantic states to revise their foreign policy with respect to the Soviet Union. As a result, Solidarity became the most important link in the chain of factors leading to the fall of real socialism in 1989–1991.

The aim of this conference is to reflect on the historical, social, and spiritual heritage of Solidarity. Three sections are planned for the conference.

Solidarity and the Cold War: the aim of that part of the conference will be to answer the question about the influence of Solidarity on the course of the Cold War in the 1980s, the activity of social movements in Western countries, and the development of operation in Eastern European countries.

The Self-Governing Republic. On the Ideological Heritage of Solidarity:
the aim of that part of the conference will be reflection on the ideology of Solidarity and its relations with the dissident thought in Eastern and Central Europe as well as on the (potential) significance of the ideological heritage of Solidarity for the contemporary world.

Solidarity in Social and Historical Sciences: the subject matter of that part of the conference will be the usefulness of various paradigms/concepts of social science (for example, the concept of new social movements, of a network society, of the theory of revolution in historical-comparative sociology, etc.) in the research on Solidarity.


Krzysztof Brzechczyn
61-487 Poznań, ul. Rolna 45 a