Sibling of the Western Left or Offspring of Domestic Politics? Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Polish Left-Wing Movements

How can one describe the essence of the Polish Left? Is she a sister of the Western left-wing movement, as both still draw from the ideas of the same founders? Or perhaps, after a century of developing in vastly different historical circumstances, Western and Polish left-wing movements have become two very distant relatives? Are the challenges faced by Western and Polish left-wing movements similar or entirely different? How much can both branches of the Left learn from each other to better address issues such as social radicalisation and populism?

Our speakers for the evening include:

  • Timothy Garton Ash: Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
  • Zofia Malisz: Member of the party Razem; candidate in the 2023 Sejm elections from the Warsaw New Left’s list, and a Postdoc Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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