Social Anthropology of the Void: Poland and Ukraine after Second World War. Concluding Seminar, 15.06.2021, 10.00-16.00 CEST, Zoom

Anna Wylegala Discussion

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences invites you to participate in the on-line seminar:


Social Anthropology of the Void: Poland and Ukraine after Second World War. Concluding Seminar

Warsaw, 15.06.2020, 10.00-16.00, CEST

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Time: Jun 15, 2021 10:00 AM Warsaw

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This seminar aims to sum up the results of a long-lasting project dedicated to the social and economic transformation in post-war Central and Eastern Europe. Implemented by a team of Polish and Ukrainian researchers, this interdisciplinary project focused on the borderland region of Galicia, now divided between Poland and Ukraine. In mid-20th century, ethnic cleansings and deportations, as well as political and social revolutions deprived this part of Europe of important ‘Others’, both in terms of class and ethnicity. The ‘Vanished Others’ were Jews and other national minorities, but also the gentry and bourgeoisie. As a result, in the immediate post-war period, Galicia faced a substantial void in various areas of society: economy, professional and social roles, everyday culture and tradition.

Using concepts of microhistory and microsociology, we analysed how small communities in Poland and Ukraine dealt with these social dysfunctions, and whether and how the emptiness was gradually overcome and the social structure rebuilt. What is more, the consequences of this change in the longue durée perspective and its significance for the present in the researched regions and communities were studied. This involved questions of how the change is remembered today individually and collectively, how history is employed in shaping local identity and what cultural consequences of psychological and social trauma the region experienced.

Our concluding seminar brings together scholars who were part of the project team on various stages of its implementation.  Please see the list of selected publications based on the materials gathered in the project at the end of this invitation.


10.00-12.00: Introduction and historical section

Chair: Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College New York)

Introduction: Anna Wylegała (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Historical section

Karolina Panz (Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences/ Polish Center for Holocaust Research): Rabka 1945 - the microhistory of ethnic cleansing

Anna Wylegała (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences): Doctors, Craftsmen and Landlords: Postwar Professional and Economic Transformation in Galicia


12.30-14.00: Memory section

Chair: Anna Chebotarova (St. Gallen University)

Marta Duch-Dyngosz (Institute of Tourism, University of Physical Education in Kraków): Commemorative practices toward ‘vanished Others’ material heritage: case of Rymanow

Małgorzata Łukianow (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences), We, the perpetrators: remembering violence committed by one's own group in the Polish-Ukrainian conflicts


14.30-16.00: Methodological section

Chair: Marta Kurkowska-Budzan (Jagiellonian University)

Marta Havryshko (I. Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine/Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies): Studying Trauma: Oral history of Ethnic Violence and its Effects on Researchers

Dagmara Swałtek-Niewińska (Graduate School for Social Research, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences): Triangulation of sources in the Holocaust Research. Case of Nowy Wiśnicz

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Hello, will the seminar be recorded? Thanks!