28 August 2012

Between Ideology and Social Engineering. The issue of National Minorities in politics of the Communist Regime (Polish and Central European experience)

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As a part of the central research program „The Security Apparatus versus National Minorities”, The Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance organizes international conference entitled:

„Between Ideology and Social Engineering. The issue of National Minorities in politics of the Communist Regime (Polish and Central European experience)”.

The conference will be held in 27–28 September 2012 in Szczecin.


27th September 2012
the conference room of the Park hotel; Szczecin, 1 Plantowa St.

9.00 opening of the academic conference

SESSION I (9.15–14.00)
Cultural and political determinants of communism reception and time period in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of national issues.

Chairpersons: Jarosław Syrnyk PhD Hab., Magdalena Semczyszyn

  • Professor Roman BÄCKER PhD Hab. (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń): Models of Soviet policies on national minorities
  • Eryk KRASUCKI PhD (University of Szczecin / Institute of National Remembrance, Szczecin): State anti-Semitism in Soviet Union (1945–1953)
  • Malkhaz TORIA PhD (Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia) Memory Project. Counter Memories and Negative Stereotypes: Roots of Ethnic conflicts in Georgia (Soviet and Post-Soviet era)
  • Jordan BAEV PhD (Center of Military History, G.S. Rakovsky National Defense College, Sofia, Bulgaria): From internationalist to nationalistic & assimilative approaches: The Zig Zags of Bulgarian policy toward the ethnic and Islamic minorities (1949–1989)
  • Éva PETRÁS PhD (Historical Archives of the Hungarian state security – ABTL, Budapest, Hungary): Ethnic Slovaks and Germans as scapegoats of the national policy of the Hungarian Communist Party (MKP) after World War II
  • Professor Albina NOSKOWA PhD Hab. (Slavonic Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia): The problem of national minorities in the context of post-war regulations and the international relations in Central and Eastern Europe: the policy and ideology in the 40’s and 50’s of the 20th century

Break 11.30–11.45

Chairperson: Marcin Stefaniak, PhD

  • Associate Professor Jan PISULIŃSKI PhD Hab. (the Institute of History at the University of Rzeszów): Poland as the country of national unity: policy premises and practice – Ukrainian minority case in the years 1944–1947
  • Krzysztof TYSZKA PhD (University of Warsaw): Motifs of nationalism in the propaganda in the Peoples Republic of Poland – continuity and change
  • Marcin ZAREMBA PhD (University of Warsaw / Polish Academy of Science – the Institute of Political Studies): Legitimisation strategies of Polish communist authorities versus national minorities in Poland (1945–1989)
  • Associate Professor Grzegorz MOTYKA PhD Hab. (Polish Academy of Science – the Institute of Political Studies, Warsaw): NKVD in the view of Ukrainian underground movement in Poland 1944–1947
  • Mariusz ZAJĄCZKOWSKI (Institute of National Remembrance, Lublin): "Ukrainian" COP (Central Labour Camp) sub-camp in Jaworzno in the light of the report produced by the captain Józef Bik’s GO MBP which operated in the sub-camp from May to September 1947
  • Associate Professor Roman DROZD PhD Hab. (Pomeranian University in Słupsk): Ukrainian community in Poland in the period of political crises

Break 14.00–15.15

SESSION II (15.15–18.00)
National minorities in the periods of political turning points and crises

Chairperson: dr Andriy Portnov

  • Professor Paul R. MAGOCSI (University of Toronto, Canada): Assimilation of Ruthenians-Ukrainians in Communist Czechoslovakia
  • Peter JAŠEK PhD (Ústav pamäti národa, Slovakia): State Security and Hungarian Minority in the Slovakia during so called normalization (1968–1989)
  • Łukasz SOŁTYSIK (Institute of National Remembrance, Wrocław): Conflicts of Poles and Gypsies in Łuków and Kłodawa in August 1976 and in Konin and Oświęcim in autumn 1981 in the context of two political and social crises in the People’s Republic of Poland
  • Sebastian GÓRSKI (University of Wrocław) Incidents of 1956 in the milieus of Greek emigrants in Poland
  • Radosław PTASZYŃSKI PhD (University of Szczecin): Between “resounding silence” and interpellation. The milieu of “Znak” and “Tygodnik Powszechny” versus March '68
  • Helga HIRSCH PhD (Berlin, Germany): To stay or to leave? – Jews in Lower Silesia and Szczecin 1945–1957
  • Magdalena SEMCZYSZYN (Institute of National Remembrance, Szczecin): Bricha means an escape. Zionist Coordination activities in the years 1945−1947
  • Discussion (17.30–18.00)

28 September 2012

Session III (9.00–12.00)
Question of nationality: myth, stereotypes, political creations

Chairperson: Marcin Zaremba PhD

  • Professor Krzysztof TARKA PhD Hab. (Opole University): Communist authorities’ actions against Lithuanian minority in Poland (1945–1989)
  • Krzysztof SYCHOWICZ PhD (State University of IT and Entrepreneurship in Łomża / Institute of National Remembrance, Białystok): Belarus and Lithuanian minority and the security apparatus operations in Białystok Province (1956–1970)
  • Professor Grzegorz BERENDT PhD Hab. (Gdańsk University / Institute of National Remembrance, Gdańsk) Display society. Jewish population in PRL’s authority policy from 1970 to 1989
  • Przemysław GASZTOLD-SEŃ (Institute of National Remembrance, Warszawa): Power of stereotypes. Security apparatus in PRL and the issue of anti-Semitism
  • Jan OLASZEK (Institute of National Remembrance, Warszawa / Institute of History PAN): Anti-Semitism as the tool used to combat the democratic opposition in the years of 1976–1989
  • Associate Professor Maciej HEJGER PhD Hab. (Pomeranian University in Słupsk): Anti-revisionist campaign against German communities in Poland in the 60’s of the 20th century
  • Arkadiusz SŁABIG PhD (Pomeranian University in Słupsk): “Ministers of Bonn’s silver coins”. Negative image of people of German origin presented in the press under Władysław Gomułka
  • Witold BOBRYK PhD (University of Life Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce): Orthodox Churches in Podkarpacie in the policy of the Office for Religions

Discussion (11.45–12.00)

Break 12.00–12.30

Session IV (12.30–15.15):
Yesterday’s and today’s question of nationality

Chairperson: Professor Grzegorz Motyka PhD Hab.

  • Mykoła RIABCZUK PhD (Ukrayinskyi tsentr kulturnykh doslidzhen, Kiev, Ukraine): From WCzK to SBU: a continuity or a change in “anti-national” discourses and policies
  • Alexander OSIPOV PhD (European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany): Interpretations of (in)equality on ethnic ground in official policies and discourses in and after the Soviet Union
  • Piotr PIRECKI PhD (Łódź University): Between the truth and fabrication. The image of minorities in Polish prose after 1945
  • Professor Igor ILJUSZYN PhD Hab. (Kiev Slavonic University, Kiev, Ukraine): “Communist” and “non-communist” stereotypes about Polish – Ukrainian conflicts in 20th century collective memory and social consciousness
  • Tomasz STRYJEK PhD Hab. (Polish Academy of Science – the Institute of Political Studies, Warsaw): Bleiburg – Jasenovac controversy. Disputes about recollections of Croatians’ participation in the 2nd World War in communist Yugoslavia and the present-day Croatian and Serbia
  • Jarosław SYRNYK PhD Hab. (Institute of National Remembrance, Wrocław / University of Wrocław): At home? On the forms of minority exclusion form debates on history in Poland

Discussion (14.45–15.15)
Conference end (around 15.15)

Source: IPN 


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