PSA Conference: Modalities of Resistance - Polish Social Protest Across the Generations, March 4-5 2021 via Zoom

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Please join the Polish Studies Association and UIC Polish Studies for a virtual conference on social protest movements in the Polish lands. The conference will be held March 4-5, 2021 via Zoom. Registration is free, but all participants must be current members of the PSA (renew or join here: Please contact Michał Wilczewski ( to receive Zoom login information, which will be sent out a few days before the conference. Below is the full conference program. 



Modalities of Resistance:

Polish Social Protest Across the Generations

Polish Studies Association Conference

March 4-5, 2021

University of Illinois at Chicago via Zoom


Thursday, March 4, 2021


9:00-10:00am CST / 16:00-17:00 CEST—Welcome

Keely Stauter-Halsted, PSA President


Keynote Address

Jan Kubik, Rutgers University and Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University

“Poland: Rebellious Civil Society a Quarter of a Century Later”


10:00-10:15am/ 17:00-17:15—Break  


10:15-11:45am / 17:15-18:45—Panel 1: Generations of Protest

Chair: Patrice Dabrowski, Harvard University


Wiktor Marzec, University of Warsaw

“Disciplining the Masses in Revolutionary Times: Polish Press Discourses on Social Protest, 1907-1915”


Padraic Kenney, Indiana University

“The Communist Origins of Polish Protest”


Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Washington and Lee University

“The War of Sexes or of Generations?: Searching for Fault Lines in Political Conflict in Poland”


11:45am – 1:00pm / 18:45-20:00—Break  


1:00—2:00pm/20:00-21:00—Panel 2: Contemporary Cultural Protest

Chair: Michał Wilczewski, University of Illinois at Chicago


Alena Aniskiewicz, University of Michigan

“Sampling Symbols: Dorota Masłowska’s Hip-Hop Critique of Conservatism


Anna Müller, University of Michigan, Dearborn

“Is There Space for Anger in Social Movements?”



Friday, March 5, 2021


9:00-10:30am CST, 16:00-17:30—Panel 3: Everyday Protest and the Masses

Chair: Keely Stauter-Halsted, University of Illinois at Chicago


Kamil Ruszała, Jagiellonian University

“The Anger of the People: Hunger and Political Protests in Galicia in 1917-1918”


Patrice Dabrowski, Harvard University

“Peasants in Public: From Processions and Parades to Protests”


Katherine Lebow, Oxford University

“Vulgar and Immoral: Anticlericalism, Protest, and Performance in 1930s Rural Poland”


10:30—11:00am / 17:30—18:00—Break  


11:00am--12:30 pm / 18:00-19:30—Panel 4: The Gender of Protest

Chair: Anna Müller, University of Michigan, Dearborn


Małgorzata Fidelis, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Finding Women in the Protests: Gender and Protest in Poland from Workers’ Strikes to the Women’s Revolution of October 2020”


Mateusz Kamionka, Pedagogical University of Kraków

“’Women’s Hell’: Protests in October 2020—A Case Study of Olkusz, Poland”


Ela Przybyło, Illinois State University

“Rainbow Mary and the Perceived Threat of LGBTQ+ Bodies”


12:30—1:00pm /19:30—20:00—Conference Wrap-Up

Keely Stauter-Halsted, University of Illinois at Chicago

Michał Wilczewski, University of Illinois at Chicago